Breaking My Sugar Addiction
I came face to face with my sugar addiction over four years ago but didn’t know how to break the cycle.
No matter how hard I tried, I could not stop drinking Dr. Pepper, eating candy, cake, and cookies. It was an addiction as strong as any other addiction people face. You think you can stop on your own. But you can’t. At least not for any length of time that will make a difference.
Breaking my sugar addiction was a process that had no end. Saying no to Dr. Pepper Monday through Friday was doable, but what good did that do me if I was filling my body with junk food during that same time?!
Then there were the weekends where I would reward myself with Dr. Pepper because I had been “good” during the week. Consequently, it never stopped with the weekend, though. Inevitably there would be some left on Monday, and it was the gateway to a week filled with Dr. Pepper. Cake. Cookies. And candy. A vicious never-ending cycle with me. Can you relate?
After many hours of study, I discovered that researchers now claim sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine. Let that sink in for a minute. The information shocked me, and yet it answered so many questions.
An additive to approximately 75% of our food supply is more addictive than cocaine. Is it any wonder why we can’t stop eating it? It’s in almost everything, and it has so many different names that it makes it very hard for us, the consumers, to keep up with it all. How do we tackle this addiction?
Gut Health and Sugar Addiction
The easy answer may be to stop buying it, which is hard to do when the sugar addiction craving is so intense. The short answer is that you can’t. We need help, and that help is surely not coming from the food industry.
In all of my research, I also came across something new to me. Have you heard the term “gut health” before? It was a new phrase for me until I started researching all of the symptoms that made me feel so sick all.of.the.time. My digestive system did not work as it should, but no one had ever told me the huge role it played in my overall health. As a result, once I knew, I made changes and started eating whole foods.
I made homemade bread, bought local raw honey instead of sugar, used raw milk, bought fresh farm eggs, and organic meat. And you know what? It still wasn’t enough! Now don’t get me wrong, all of that is great. I still have most of those same foods in my diet today. But I needed more. Once your system runs poorly for so long, it takes a lot of work to get it back on track.
70-80% of our immune system is in our guts. What does that mean for you? It means you must take care of your guts! A healthy gut = a healthy body. An unhealthy digestive system can lead to sugar addiction. So much of the way our body works is tied to our digestive system because it is where the immune system lives.
Our bodies are full of healthy bacteria that help our immune system fight off infection and disease. We can develop an unhealthy balance of harmful fungus that gets things all out of kilter. Diets full of refined sugar, antibiotic use, artificial hormone use, and steroids all play a part in wreaking havoc on our digestive systems. Once that imbalance takes place, it is hard to get it in check.
When Healthy Eating isn’t Enough
You’ve probably heard that you need to eat yogurt for good digestive health. The problem with yogurt is that it is full of sugar and high fructose corn syrup. The milk used to make yogurt is pasteurized, which will destroy many of the naturally occurring probiotics it contains. I drank a lot of kefir and ate plenty of Greek yogurt, all the while continuing to suffer from awful digestive health.
I do have good news, though! My research led me to the fact that I needed an excellent probiotic in my life. I had never had a doctor educate me on probiotics or their importance in my health. I tried a lot of different things in my desperation to feel well again. Adding a good probiotic is what finally turned the tide for me.
It’s important to note that not all probiotics are created equal. I tried expensive ones that did not work. You need one with plenty of good bacteria and one that is shelf-stable, meaning that it does not need to be refrigerated.
Truth About Probiotics
Probiotics that must be refrigerated need the cold temperature to keep the good bacteria they contain from dying off in warmer climates. What do you think happens though as soon as that probiotic pill enters your mouth where the average body temp is 98.6 degrees? How much will make it to the lower part of your digestive tract where it is needed most?
Not all of it!
Another equally important fact is that while you need probiotics for good digestive health, you also need a way to get rid of the harmful fungus overgrowth that has caused the problem. One or the other is not enough on their own. There are anti-fungal foods that will help kill off the harmful bacteria. I highly recommend eating as many of them as you can for some people though there may be foods on the list that cause digestive upset or that you don’t like.
For this reason, I am happy to have found a probiotic that has plenty of good bacteria along with an anti-fungal and enzymes to help with digestion. It has made a massive difference for my family and me as well as helped me finally kick my sugar addiction.
Breaking My Sugar Addiction: The Symptoms
I had many symptoms before I finally overcame my addiction to sugar.
- Constant Sinus Infections
- Digestive Issues
- Sugar Cravings
- Feeling Foggy
Somehow it never occurred to me that it was not normal to be bloated after every meal. I would be so hungry when I would sit down to eat. Then only a few bites in, I felt so full that I couldn’t eat anymore.
My digestive system was miserable every day. I tried so hard to clean up my diet and eat healthily. Even when I managed it for a few weeks at a time, something would inevitably happen that would send me right back to the sugar, and the cycle would continue again. A merry go round that I couldn’t escape. It seemed fun in the beginning. But the process always led to me being sick from going round and round and round. The cycle never stopped.
Breaking My Sugar Addiction: The Results
Secrets to Success
The before pictures above show me while addicted to sugar. The after photos show me once I found the health my body desperately needed. I am so thankful to have finally found the key to my overall health, and I would love to share it with you!
The holidays are upon us. For many, this means added weight gain. The average American gains 5-10 lbs during the holiday season. 2020 is my seventh holiday season since I made a change in my health. Consequently, this is also the seventh holiday season in a row that I will not gain weight. Fall is also my husband’s busiest season with his job. He travels a lot during this time. My health system has allowed him to travel with work and manage his weight at the same time.
You can do the same. Don’t resign yourself to weight gain and sugar addiction. There is a healthier way!
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The savvy tip for today is to take steps towards eating a better diet. Nutritious food feeds the body well. My post on 9 Easy Prep Dinner Recipes for Winter is a great place to start. Eat well. Live well.