Sugar Shun – Swimming towards Pie (parenthetically, mathematically and metaphorically speaking)

True confessions:  I’m addicted to sugar and Stefan Bucher.  Stefan draws,  actually, Stefan gives birth to a daily monster.  (The labor pains have been decades in the makings).  

Stefan drew Monster #292, asked a question and I replied.  My response was, I’m sure, “fed” (pun intended) by my most recent vow to not imbibe in refined sugar for this month.  Stefan’s reply to my comment was to refer me to this comedy video.  I would have found it to be quite funny if it hadn’t set off obsessive thoughts about key lime, berry, lemon, apple, cherry and chocolate fudge.

I checked out Wikipedia looking to satisfy my cravings more rationally only to find that it is perfectly logical to be irrational on the subject of pie.

Pi” “Being an irrational number, (obsessive thinking regarding pie is always irrational) π cannot be expressed exactly as a common fraction, (because once you eat a delicious piece of pie it never again can be a fraction of a piece of pie nor considered common) although fractions such as 22/7 and other rational numbers are commonly used to approximate π. Consequently its decimal representation never ends and never settles into a permanent repeating pattern. The digits appear to be randomly distributed although, to date, no proof of this has been discovered. Also, π is a transcendental number (if you’ve ever tasted a morsel of mouth-watering pi you are indeed having a transcendental experience)– a number that is not the root of any non-zero polynomial having rational coefficients. This transcendence of π implies that it is impossible to solve the ancient challenge of squaring the circle with a compass and straight-edge.”

(We all know pies  are round:)  “Because its definition relates to the circle, π is found in many formulae in trigonometry and geometry, (gastronomy) especially those concerning circles, ellipses or spheres. It is also found in formulae used in other branches of science such as cosmologynumber theory,statisticsfractalsthermodynamicsmechanics, (french pastry) and electromagnetism. The ubiquity of π makes it one of the most widely known mathematical constants (and culinary delights) both inside and outside the scientific community: Several (cook)books devoted to it have been published, the number is celebrated on Pi Day where calculations of the digits of π in record-setting pie eating contests)  often result in news headlines. Attempts to memorize (and digest) the value of π with increasing precision have led to records of over 67,000 digits” (of ant-acid tablets).

 After re-reading this post it is clear to me my body is glucose-deprived and not enough oxygen is getting to my brain.  I’m off to Marie Callenders for clarity.

14 comments on “Sugar Shun – Swimming towards Pie (parenthetically, mathematically and metaphorically speaking)

  1. sorry I haven’t been keeping up…but so glad to here you haven’t had a hard time with the sugar.
    but sad to hear it going off didn’t help the fatigue.
    have you had your B-12 and D checked…probably so. I know if I don’t have my B-12 shots every week I am a mess! Just can’t absorb it from food now that I’m older.

    I am also happy to hear you have a good regimen for yourself to help with dealing with your fibro.
    You go girl!!


  2. Oh, pie is my food of choice, for all meals. Lately I’ve been making galettes. I can whip up a crust, in a few min., fill with berries, fuji apples, or pears. I add only 1 TBS. sugar to the berries. I add raisins, to the apples, no sugar. Fiji’s are sweet and don’t turn into mush. I go to the gym after diner, that keeps me from snacking. I’m fine away from my place, only at night and at home, do I go on the See Food diet. Maybe I’ll try swimming to my Galette:)


  3. I swear I told you I was obsessively looking for key lime pie, have a post in the works about it. well, that and every other pie, cake and cookie in the world. You need your strength, you must imbibe. Pies are healthy they are made with FRUIT. Carrot cake, extremely healthy. Cake, well, it’s healthy for your heart. Heart healthy (sorry dear Carolyn) we need to feel pleasure. Oh and ice cream, excellent for the bones, pure calcium. Imagine us together?


  4. Oh, my. I had to go and Google Marie Callenders because I’d never heard of it (we don’t have these in Canada, or at least here on the West Coast where I live, sadly pie-deprived….) Thanks for introducing me also to the standup comic Patton Oswalt – he is so funny! 🙂 Just this morning, coincidentally, my friends and I were sitting around over coffee discussing secrets to making the best flaky piecrust – torment, really, given that none of us could even remember when a morsel of pie last passed our lips….

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    • Carolyn my pie-deprived friend,
      I think I shall contact Marie Callenders and ask for a kick-back for every google hit. Then if that works I will start referencing other American restaurant chains. Here Marie is famous for her pies which apparently started the restaurant chain that bears her name. You can even buy her pies in the frozen food section. My parochial view of the world keeps smacking me in the face with the internet – guess that’s better than being smacked with a pie . . .

      Your pie-depraved friend,

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  5. Here I was all set to ask you how you managed to shake the sugar cravings and I see that you haven’t done so… unless you really have? Lol… No, I know that I can’t shake sugars grip right now. To much going on.


    • Sue,
      I’m verrrrrrrrry proud of myself. I’ve only had a “Guilt free” low fat brownie since August 29th. I’m doing fine – just disappointed that the fatigue isn’t any different than it was when I was self-medicating on gallons of ice cream, cake and junk food.

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      • Good for you then! Sorry to hear about the fatigue. Perhaps it’s something else you are eating like flour or some other processed food. All you can do eliminate one at a time to see if there is any improvement. If you have any luck let me know. I too have overwhelming fatigue at a time when I can least afford to have it.


        • Sue,
          The fatigue is largely due to the fibromyalgia (how much of it is “old age” I refuse to investigate). I was hoping tho that the sugar was playing a bigger part than apparently it is. HOWEVER, you are right – my next step is cutting down on the white bread/flour foods. I’ve noticed since not eating sugar I’ve developed a taste for soda crackers and butter! It’s true. Probably getting more sugar in those than ice cream! (and not as much enjoyment)


          • I was just told by my Rheumatologist that my Lupus is in remission (yeah) but the Fibro is kicking my butt right now. So if you find something that works for you please share. I am almost to the desperate stage with mine.


            • Sue,
              The main things that I do – I can do – daily when my fibro is fibroing is make sure I walk 20 minutes outside everyday (it releases good neurochemicals – I have to kick my own butt to do that), tell my brain all day “I’m safe” (that pulls down the stress response that the body is chronically in).- I wrote a post on that. Take 20 minute nap (longer and the brain goes into deep sleep and you feel like a truck hit you when you wake up). Try to refocus and watch or read something humorous (The Golden Girls reruns are my current go-to) and say “Thy Name is my healing” 95 times which is a powerful Baha’i spiritual invocation to God.

              Not CURES but keeps me functioning until the fibro simmers down instead of boiling. When I’m downing sugar it’s a sign that my neurochemistry is whacked out. I still have trouble listening to that as a cue that something isn’t right instead of indulging and prolonging it. That’s my self-medication routine at the moment. It does keep me functioning.


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