Friday, 12 February 2010

Bye, Bye, Gummy Bear :(

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Marshmallows, Gummy Bears, Sour Tape, Liquorice, Starburst, Rocky Road.
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Oh My God, Marshmallows.
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Having always been a vegetarian, I have, however, Never Said No to candy. I know it contains gelatine, but I practiced the Art of Selective Mental Processing, and Refused To Act on that bit of information. I mean, Marshmallows were at stake. And Gummy Bears! And M&S Rocky Road treats! (I really Need To Focus).
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And we know that the only Purpose Of Their Existence is to be consumed. How could I, in my Hearts of Hearts, deny them the opportunity to Serve Humankind? It would have been Cruel of me to refuse. Evil, and Heartless, and Cruel.
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Right, enough deception. I like candy, ok? I like it a lot.
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Oh My God, Marshmallows. Sigh.
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http://www.oswegotea.com/2005/09/marshmallows-revisited.html

So I guess the cat is out of the bag – I have been cheating all this while :)
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But the weight of all this cheating bore down on me. After all these years of presenting myself as a vegetarian, the Nagging Voice that said ‘yeah, right!’ grew louder and louder In My Head, until sometime in 2009, when I finally decided to own up, stop pretending, and quit gelatine altogether (it still hurts to Say It Out Loud).
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I know exactly what you’re thinking. Oh My God, Marshmallows.
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How could I convince myself that Something So Innocent was Something So Naughty? It was Tough. And I didn’t let it go gently. I went Cold Turkey. One day loads, next day None.
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Yeah, they weren’t too happy about it either, what with me interfering with their Sole Purpose Of Existence and all that. There were some Harsh Words exchanged, Heart-Breaking speeches delivered, and A Lot Of Tears shed.
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But my mind was made up – I knew it was time to quit. So all the Somethings So Innocent and I parted ways. They continued to Serve Humankind in their own yummy way, while I tread in alleys in search of every Gummy Bears Anonymous support group out there, hoping that The Next One would help me get over Marshmallows.
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Still looking, by the way.
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Do I miss them? Y-E-S. Do I regret it? Y-E-.... NO, of course not.
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Giving up Something You Love isn’t painless. And I had it easy. You see, I still have Chocolate and Hazelnuts :)
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But still, candy wasn’t an addiction, it was Pure Love. Completely different category.
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Did I think I would make it? Not really. Have I been tempted? Too many times.
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But the most important question is this: Will I eat it again? And here, in spite of all my melodrama above (meant to tease my ex-Love For Candy more than anything else); I will comfortably and contentedly say: NO. Because ultimately it was my choice to give it up and to stop lying to myself :)
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And this is the perfect place for an Intermission. For after this, we turn to Things More Serious. So here goes.
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INTERMISSION

3 comments:

Susheel said...

Loveliness,

it sucks isn't it to only find out something you really love has been made by something that is so yucky...Oh i love candies too, sometimes too much... but like you said it is not painless to leave it...

Good girl. :-)

Meninder Kaur said...

sometimes u dont have to give it up all together..:)

http://veganmarshmallows.blogspot.com/

its a vegetarian marshmallow site where the recipes use genutine as a gelatin substitute.. i don't know if their any good but their DEFINITELY worth the shot..

Guru always has a way..:)

Harkiren Kaur said...

Lol Susheel Phenji I guess we all have to own up to ourselves at some point or other :)

Thanks Meninder, I have tried the veg stuff before and you can't tell the difference! Just that it's harder to source. Thanks for sharing!