Addiction of Sugar???
I know that is a strong statement… ‘sugar addiction’, especially tied to something as seemingly innocent as sugar. Well, I have learned people can be addicted to anything, not just drugs or alcohol. Have you ever seen that show called, ‘Hoarders’? These people stock up on ridiculous amounts of things like cats, food or stuffed animals. One woman was so addicted to collecting stuffed animals they were piled to the ceiling in every room. There were so many that she could not even see her furniture and had to squeeze past them just to walk down the hall!
Sugar seems innocent because we have been conditioned to feel like it’s a happy, feel-good food. We celebrate with it during holidays, your birthday, spending time with family or when something good happens in your life. Children are ‘soothed’ with ice cream when they hurt their knee or rewarded when they get good grades. We are conditioned from childhood that sugar is good, fun and it sure tastes good to eat. So, how can you have an addiction to something that is so much fun? Well, that’s ironic because many things people are addicted to are fun – that is one reason why they over use them – even though most addictions start as coping mechanisms. However, once the fun wears off and it starts to take over their lives, that is when it’s no longer fun.
You can take “The Quiz” to self-diagnose whether you even are a sugar addict or not, click here.
A Person who Struggles with a Sugar Addiction
It’s quite easy for some to get addicted to sugar – others not so much. Sugar addicts can tend to have different brain and body chemistry then someone that can have sugar every once in a while and it’s no big deal. A person that has a sugar addiction can tend to be sensitive to sugar in their body chemistry so when they eat it, it sets off all kinds of things including a spike in serotonin that makes them feel good.
A person who has a sugar addiction tends to be addicted to sugar emotionally, too, not just physically. Many sugar addicts tend to cope with eating sugar: a stressful day, a fight with a loved one, feeling sad so you need a pick-me-up. Eating sugar can become a way of coping with stress and emotions to numb yourself and to distract yourself for a moment and go on a little sugar ‘vacation’. For many struggling with a sugar addiction, it can be filled with constant sugar cravings which seem difficult or almost impossible to avoid. Believe me, I know, that is how I lived my life for 30 years! But the great thing is you don’t have to stay in a sugar addiction – you can get out of it. You don’t have to be stuck like I was and many other people out there, as well. I thankfully overcame my sugar addiction almost two years ago and it is WONDERFUL! I love no longer having a sugar addiction and, wow, life is great without living in that trap. I am so glad I learned how to stop sugar cravings. Check out this one great tool, a free video that I made for you called The 3 Mistakes Sugar Addicts Make and How to Avoid Them.
Self-diagnose whether you even are a sugar addict or not, take “The Quiz, click here.
Many ask me if I still eat sugar and the answer is, “Yes, every once in a while.” The key factor is though, it doesn’t control my life anymore. I have it very rarely and a small amount of it. I learned the skills that I needed to break the addiction to sugar. I was just at a business meeting this weekend in Nevada and I let myself have some sugar (actually I am flying back to Florida while I write this article on the plane). I realized I had not had it in about 8 weeks and I chose to eat it. It did not choose me. I also know how to not let that turn into another sugar dependency again. Just so you know, it took me about 6 years how to figure out how to do that, but I can show you how to do it a lot faster than that – actually in only 14 days! If you would like to learn more about it, check this out! I encourage you to not struggle with a sugar addiction for another 10 years or 10 days. Overcome it and take control!