Sugar addiction is one of the most common addictions in the world, but most people don’t even know they’re addicted to sugar until they try to quit!
Let me guess…
You’re reading this post because you can’t stop eating sugary foods and you think you might be addicted to sugar.
Do you rush home and stuff your face with comfort food, after a long day of work?
We’ve all done it…
and guess what…
It’s not your fault!
There are always hidden explanations for the things we do.
In this blog post, we will try and bring you closer to identifying whether or not you’re actually addicted to sugar.
Why you might be addicted to sugar
“Research shows that sugar can be even more addicting than cocaine.” says Cassie Bjork, R.D., L.D., founder of Healthy Simple Life
Enough to feel it, but not enough to kill you, for 20 years straight.
Now, imagine not having it…
Will you crave it?
When you TRY to come off it. You will withdrawal.
Some people don’t even know they’re addicted until they try to quit for a day or two. Only to find that…they can’t!
But don’t worry, if are looking for a way to cure your sugar addiction, you’ve come to the right place.
We’re here to figure it out together.
But first thing’s first…
Let’s identify and acknowledge the problem so we can move forward from here.
It’s really important that you are honest with yourself,
because honesty brings change.
And then one day, when you can get through a day without those nagging food thoughts, you will thank yourself for getting started.
Alright, enough mindset talk. Let’s get into it!
You can’t stop thinking about food.
The thought of sitting in an office all day kind of scares you.
Chances are, your day might be something like this:
When you’re sitting in the office, you quickly become bored and tired, that you’re fighting with yourself every 10 seconds to not eat that bar of chocolate. It’s exhausting, but you push it out of your head, over and over again.
You’ve held it together pretty well so far, and it’s nearly lunch time.
Then 2pm arrives, afternoon blues hits in full swing…
You’re even more tired and moody, so you finally give in to eating not one, but two!
You feel like an absolute failure and it guilts you for the rest of the day.
You tell yourself you won’t do it tomorrow.
The next day, you wake up to face the same battle all over again.
You’re hungry all the time!
Sugar addiction can be mask by constant hunger and overeating. Dave Asprey, the inventor of Bulletproof coffee says that “FOOD IS INFORMATION“.
Put simply, imagine a piece or fruit or a bite of steak as messengers to the brain. They carry different types of messages.
Some say, “hey, you’re getting full. Your cells are fed now and we can go back to work. You can stop eating now”.
And some, like sugar (fructose) says, “your cells can’t work with these empty calories, but here is some dopamine to make you feel good for half an hour. Keep eating“.
Fructose affects the fat regulating hormone, called Leptin, by blocking the brain from sensing leptin when it’s secreted.
Leptin is the hormone that makes you feel full.
If the brain can’t sense it, it won’t sense that you’re already full, so you keep eating.
You crave something sweet after a meal.
Even after you’ve eaten a big healthy meal, your mind still craves more sugar.
What do you want?
Ice-cream, fruit, cake?
Something…anything to top off that meal.
This might be your sugar addiction talking because even after a perfectly good meal where it should leave you satiated and content, your brain is still searching for that high.
Sugar addiction is a habit formed by repetition.
Just like a drug, you crave more even when everyone else is done.
You get anxious or moody when you haven’t had anything sweet for a while.
“Omg…I need something sugary”.
This simple statement can actually tell you a lot more than you think.
It means your brain sees sugar as a staple solution for making you happier.
When your afternoon blues hits you at 3pm, and you start looking for ANYTHING to bring you up.
BUT, you don’t have anything sweet around because your ‘morning motivated self’ made a promise to not bring any treats to work today.
You might be addicted to sugar if you crave sweet foods when you’re sad, bored or tired.
You tried quitting, freaked out, and failed.
This is the bottom line. You will know whether you’re really addicted or not, by actually trying to quit. Try it for 3 days. Cut out everything from fruits, juice, candy- all things sweet.
See how your body reacts.
Did you lose control and binge?
Do the cravings get stronger and stronger?
Do you feel tired all the time?
These are all signs on you have a sugar addiction.
So there it is.
We’ve gone through five main signs of sugar addiction.
If you can relate to most of these points, the chances are that you are probably hooked on sugar, either mildly or severely.
I remember when I was hooked on it. I craved it all day everyday.
It occupied my thoughts and I was so tired of fighting it and giving in everyday.
But don’t despair!
There are a few simple things you can do, to calm those sugar cravings and slowly take back control…
Check out these recipe books that I personally own. It’s important that you keep things tasty and FUN. Quitting sugar shouldn’t be a suffer. You should ENJOY it. Get one or two of these books and learn how to substitute sweeteners. Trust me, you can still bake and eat cake. You just have to know how to make it in a healthy way!