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.

http://www.dailymonster.com/344_loves_you/2014/09/daily-monster-papers-292.html

Live and Let Liver – Dr Oz Knows

My mind is a sponge
It craves the dopamine high
mops up sugar, yum
My mouth is a sponge
soaks up the tasty junk food
Each morsel and crumb
Liver is a sponge
mops up all carbohydrates
I am a bit dumb

Signs of addiction:  Constant cravings; Eating bowls of ice cream so that the amount of  fudge sauce evenly lasts before the ice cream is gone; Quickly devouring the entire bag of candy in the car so no one will see;  Making sure there’s no chocolate on your breath; Feeling guilty; Waking up every morning with determination that this day you will NOT eat sugar and carbohydrates.

I’ve known for years that I get the same neurochemical “high” from sugar and unrefined carbohydrates that a drug addict gets from drugs.  Research has confirmed what I’ve long suspected.  What I didn’t know is that my liver is suffering.   Click here to hear what Dr. Oz has to say:

http://cdnapi.kaltura.com/index.php/kwidget/wid/1_d7cdnpoz/uiconf_id/5590821

P.S.  Does anyone think that picture reminds them of chocolate sauce on top of strawberry ice cream, a banana and pink whipped cream?