Just a Spoonful of Sugar
Back in February of this year I embarked on a mission to get healthy. Part of this process was to get on a regular exercise program, eat healthy foods, and track my progress.
Things were going well, I went to the gym 4 to 5 times a week, gave up sweets, started eating home cooked meals, joined Weight Watchers online, used a fitness tracker, and I began to lose weight. As a result of exercise, changing my eating habits and maintaining a daily log of my activities and the foods I ate I felt better than I had in a long time.
A few months down the road everything I achieved went kaput when I bought my home then subsequently moved. Not having easy access to a gym, frequently eating out and worst of all was succumbing to my addiction.
The Egg and the Frying Pan
Remember the PSA (Public Service Announcement) back in the 80s with the egg and frying pan? The fresh egg represented your brain and the fried egg was your brain on drugs? Well the fried egg could be my brain.
It’s easy to feel like you’re all alone when you have any kind of addiction and for me it felt worse because who would take me seriously? I was ashamed to even talk it over with my doctor since I was convinced that this craving of mine was ludicrous.
Going days without eating real food was a habit I acquired in my early twenties. Back then I was already small and when I started to lose more weight friends and family thought I had anorexia but I think this was the beginning of a lifestyle that would soon consume me.
Candy, it was all I thought about from the time I got up until lights out. There were brief stints where I attempted to wean myself only to be tempted by the ‘just one piece won’t hurt’ thought. Thing is one piece is too much and 100 pieces are never enough. I knew my behavior wasn’t rational but I couldn’t help myself and the guilt I would feel after a nighttime binge was sickening to the point I’d find myself bargaining with God to help me then a new day would dawn.
Round and round I went on this senseless never-ending roller coaster ride. The more I ate, the worse I felt, the more I ate. This isn’t me ‘I’d think.’ Where was my will power why can’t I just be normal??
Hearing all the evils of sugar and the damage it can do to the human body caused me to pause but only for a second. Then during the week of October 6, Dr. Oz talked about sugar addiction, the damage it can do to the body and how to kick the habit. Here’s one episode I thought was interesting: 14-Day Plan to Shut Down Sugar Cravings.
At the end of the week of Dr. Oz’ sugar shows I made a conscious decision to go cold turkey without so much as a grain of sugar. In addition I pledged to eat only fruits and veggies to get through the 3 day detox phase.
It feels good to report that I’m doing okay and it’s too soon to say that this is my new lifestyle. The best I can do at this point is to take it one day at a time.
After a Google search turned up over 5 million results on sugar addiction I felt a little less lonely. It’s a real health concern that affects a lot of people in ways we may not have thought possible. So I thought wow if sugar addiction is as bad as drug addiction then perhaps a little information might be of help and I selected three resources.
- CEA HOW (Compulsive Eaters Anonymous, Honesty, Open-mindedness and Willingness) www.ceahow.org is a fellowship group that began in the US and has branched out into Canada, United Kingdom, Israel, parts of Australia and other areas. This is a 12-step program where the only requirement is a desire to stop eating compulsively.
- Expert Tips to Kick Sugar Addiction is an online resource that delves into the causes of sugar addiction, what occurs in the body when consuming sugar, 3-day detox tips and more. The experts range from nutritionists, consultants to doctors.
- How To Break Your Sugar Addiction is an online article written by Susan Biali, M.D. in Prescriptions for Life. In the article she talks about her own struggles with sugar addiction and she presents some proven strategies that have worked for her.
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” ~World Health Organization, 1948
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