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Surviving My Love Affair

With Sugar and Caffeine

By Anthony ChanPublished 2 months ago 3 min read
Special Thanks to Pariwat Pannium for this Photo on Unsplash.com

As the first rays of sunlight enter my window each day, I often reach for that familiar embrace of warmth and comfort each day. My fingertips usually graze the smooth surface of a tall plastic cup filled to the brim with the elixir of life – a steaming concoction of blended ice, oat milk, and caffeine. With each sip, I felt the excitement of energy erupting within me, awakening my senses and sharpening my mind. It is part of my daily ritual, which I cherish, a daily ritual with two of life's most potent stimulants.

Next, I reach for an ice-blended refresher drink with sugar and caffeine. Both drinks have been my steadfast companions, my trusted allies in the battle against lethargy and drowsiness. They were the twin pillars upon which I built my fortress of alertness, the fuel that propelled me through the bustling chaos of modern life. Their presence remains a constant source of comfort and vitality.

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Yet, even as I reveled in the euphoria of their embrace, a nagging voice of caution whispered in the recesses of my mind. I am fully aware of the precarious balance upon which my love affair with sugar and caffeine teetered. The fleeting rush of energy they provide comes with a heavy toll that manifests in health risks and potential consequences.

I’ve read the studies and listened to the experts pontificate on the dangers of excessive sugar consumption and caffeine dependency. The evidence is undeniable – an overindulgence in these beloved substances could pave the way to a myriad of health issues, from obesity and cardiovascular disease to inflammation and depression. The specter of cancer lurks in the shadows, a silent but ever-present reminder of the price I pay for indulging in life's sweetest pleasures.

And yet, despite the looming threat of these dire consequences, I continue to court my beloved companions. The thought of relinquishing the warmth of that morning cup of coffee or the blissful decadence of a cold, sugary drink with caffeine filled me with a profound sense of loss. How could I bid farewell to something that has become so integral to my daily existence?

Amid this tumultuous internal struggle, I have long pondered the nature of happiness and its fleeting nature. Is it worth sacrificing the joy and pleasure that sugar and caffeine bring into my life for the sake of a potentially longer but undoubtedly less vibrant existence? Is there a middle ground, a compromise that would allow me to enjoy life to its fullest without courting the specter of my premature demise?

As I grapple with these weighty questions, a sense of clarity has dawned on me. The solution may not lay in outright rejection or unabashed indulgence but in moderation and mindfulness. I realized that I could still derive immense pleasure from the occasional sugar and caffeine indulging, provided I approached it with a sense of restraint and awareness.

And so, armed with this newfound resolve, I've decided to embark upon a journey of self-discovery and balance. I learned to savor each sip of coffee and every sip of my Mango Dragon fruit drink, relishing the sensory experience without succumbing to the allure of excess. I have learned to embrace a lifestyle prioritizing nourishment and well-being, seeking solace in the simple joys of wholesome foods and mindful consumption.

In doing so, I discovered a newfound sense of empowerment – a liberation from the shackles of addiction and excess. No longer beholden to my enduring love affair with sugar and caffeine, I have reclaimed control over my health and happiness. I found fulfillment not in the fleeting highs of instant gratification but rather in the sustained vitality that came from living in harmony with my body and mind.

As I gazed at the world with renewed clarity and purpose, I realized that true happiness could never be found at the bottom of a plastic coffee cup or the cup of my refresher drink. Self-love is a journey of self-discovery and growth guided by the gentle wisdom of moderation and balance.

And so, with each passing day, I have opted to strive to find a delicate balance between indulgence and restraint, joy and responsibility. I have come to understand that my intricate love affair with myself is a journey to be savored – one sip at a time!

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About the Creator

Anthony Chan

Chan Economics LLC, Public Speaker

Chief Global Economist & Public Speaker JPM Chase ('94-'19).

Senior Economist Barclays ('91-'94)

Economist, NY Federal Reserve ('89-'91)

Econ. Prof. (Univ. of Dayton, '86-'89)

Ph.D. Economics

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  • Neal Gordon2 months ago

    For years, I have become better informed and more educated because of your "super powers" to analyze, translate and communicate complex economics to the masses. But I did not realize how great of a writer you are and, frankly, I am in awe.

  • Kendall Defoe 2 months ago

    Good luck!

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