Sunday, December 18, 2011

Thou Shalt Not Sugar Push

I saw something really interesting in the K-Mart on Black Friday: a package of two Reeses Peanut Butter cups of unusual size. They were the size of hockey pucks. That's right, each PB cup is a full half pound. Each one is over one thousand calories. A single peanut butter cup is six servings of 190 calories each, twelve servings per package: 2290 calories! 

Being a food addict who can eat a pound bag of miniature peanut butter cups, I was very excited by this discovery. I reasoned that finally, finally, I could eat one peanut butter cup and stop. Of course it would be enormous. . . . Still, it would pass the test of what I can eat and cannot eat. If I can eat just one and stop, I can have it. Hmmm. I shared this thought with my mentor and some friends who are in their journey of keeping the pounds off. I was able to admit to them and to myself; I might stop at one but in reality it would be six servings and then the other six servings and then I would go food seeking to see what else I could have. This would would lead me into a binge or other foods that would eventually bring me back into active food compulsion. 

Yes, this is a real product. $10.99 at K-Mart

This doesn't mean I can't buy the giant Reeses for someone else. I was talking with my sister on the phone and I asked her if Reeses was still her particular favorite candy. When she said yes I asked her if she had seen the hockey puck-sized PB cups. She had not and asked that if I saw them again, to send them to her. The next thing I knew I was running out to K-Mart to get Sis a pound of Reeses nirvana. 

Once I got them home I started thinking about it. Was I sugar pushing? She asked me to get them but I am the one who brought up the subject. Was the fine line crossed? Unlike my brother, Sis is not a diabetic and she is not the compulsive eater that I was. Yet, still, I was troubled. I determined that it is essential I clear my conscience before Sis receives her giant peanut butter cups. I need to know that I am not responsible for contributing to the nutritional delinquency of a sibling. 

Not written by an attorney
So, I wrote a legal disclaimer and attached it to the back of the Reeses package. Then, I realized this disclaimer is something that others might find useful. It can be included with any holiday food gifts if you want those to ensure that the recipients of the gifts not turn around and blame the giver for leading them to temptation. 

I've mailed off the two packages. One to my sister, the other to a family member who will crack up laughing when she sees it. There are none in my home now and I am keeping the pounds off for another day. Some days are harder than others but they are all worth it. 



downsizers said...

We live vicariously through others without realizing it. I am glad that you realized what was happening, thought it through, and started damage control operations!!

Melanie said...

HI Jane,

Thanks for the laugh. I love this post!!!!!!!!!!!! Especially since Reese cups are my biggest downfall. Saw this same package in the makeup aisle of my local drugstore. Crazy.

Alexie said...

If your sister is genuinely a fan and would have been annoyed if you hadn't told her about your find, then you did the right thing, in which case there is no need for the quasi-legal disclaimer.

If, on the other hand, it's you that's struggling with the candy and you're mentioning it to your sister so that you can do it vicariously through her, then there's a weird food issue going on that a quasi-legal disclaimer doesn't solve.

Vickie said...

I ask this in the name of science - Very interesting your sister does not have extra weight. Are there other family members? And does she have any of the opposite issues growing up with obese family members? I have known many an obese family where there was a lone one who stayed too thin and had opposite habits to an extreme.

Yes, this is still sugar pushing in my opinion.

But is she likely to cut it into many pieces and eat over a long period of time?

Jane Cartelli said...

Vickie - I said she was not the overeater I was, I did not say she does not have her own weight issues. They are not for me to comment on, period. I do not know what her rate of consumption will be. Yes, I think it is sugar pushing, too. Which is why the disclaimer was both humorous and necessary.

Alexie - there was no need for the disclaimer. It totally speaks to my issues. That was the point. I own that.

Melanie - Now I ask you: isn't it insidious that the store lays a food trap in the make up aisle?

Downsizers - Damage control was all in making sure I did not take the first bite of it. Gratefully, I didn't.

Cenandra said...

That's the biggest Reese's I've ever seen!!! I can't believe the calories it contains.

You know what is sad, I could easily put down 1 of the Reese's perhaps both without thinking. It would put me into a tail spin too. I love the legal disclaimer you put on it for your sister. :)

Anonymous said...

Oh My GOSH sometimes you give me a good laugh. That is such a funny little blurb.

I hope there was relief in getting those cups for HER. I often buy and make things for others that I cannot have. It sort of relieves the pressure valve a little. You would think it would be torture, but no. As long as it leaves the house quickly I am good.

Jane Cartelli said...

Munchie - Yes, there was relief in doing that, which brings back the Thou Shalt Not Sugar Push commandment. I do not want people giving it to me, I should not be giving it to others. . . . .

UPDATE: Sis got the package and got a great laugh out of it. Last I heard on the phone, she was telling her kids to keep their paws of her PB cups. She better watch out for her hub, he is a bit of the sugar fiend himself.

Fatoutofskinny said...

Too funny! I think a disclaimer like that would be a real deterent for me!