addictions, new and old

After playing Castlevania, Lament of Innocence on PS2 for like six hours last Saturday, I think I can safely call it an addiction. It has risen to the top of my video game slush pile, (thanks to Nate for purchasing it) and I will not rest until I am safely stuck on some sufficiently difficult boss, and have nothing left to explore. That sad day promises to be at least a week off in the horizon, and it is even remotely possible that I will add this to my relatively short list of games I actually finish for once.

As for old addictions, I am casting off a big one. Get ready for this… sit down if you have to. I am giving up candy.

Yes, you read it correctly. Those who know me will undoubtedly be shitting their pants right about now, or at the very least heartily laughing in disbelief. But I’m going to do it. I’m thinking for at least three months. If I have lost a few pounds at that time (and hopefully feel less sick all the time,) then I’ll probably keep it up, or anyway only return to a very sparse and closely monitored candy diet.

This decision was prompted by the side hand comment my mother made on mother’s day about how sugar is a natural immune system depressant. I did some preliminary “internet research”, and low and behold, it sounds like it’s true! One website (apparently quoting this other one) said:

Eating or drinking 100 grams (8 tbsp.) of sugar, the equivalent of one 12-ounce can of soda, can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by forty percent. The immune-suppressing effect of sugar starts less than thirty minutes after ingestion and may last for five hours.

Crazy, huh? More Castlevania, less sugar.

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