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Ending Your Sugar Addiction

end sugar addiction (2)When a person has been eating an excessive amount of sugar, their body and their brain will be programmed to need it and will go into withdrawals without it. This is a textbook case of addiction. Many people are unaware that sugar is a legitimate addiction, brushing it off as a “sweet tooth” or “low self control,” minimizing the biological and chemical ways it alters a person’s system to crave it. Bringing a sugar addiction under control is a difficult task for the addict, in some ways every bit as difficult as controlling an alcohol or drug addiction, but it is entirely possible to do so.

When you are ready to take control of your personal health and end your sugar addiction, the first thing to keep in mind is to respect your sugar problem like an addiction. Part of the reason people fail is because they do not take their condition seriously. This is often because their support system does not take it seriously. Well meaning family members might tell you that you simply need to be on a diet, not understanding that your system is addicted to sugar and feel ill without it. Treating an addiction like an addiction means applying the Twelve Steps to it, which requires surrender, humility, treatment, self-help literature and even calling on your higher power for support.

Any addiction is really just a way of escaping instead of coping, so in order to be successful, you need to use your cognitive behaivoral skills to think critically about why you abuse sugar so that you can think your way into healthier thoughts and behavioral patterns. Part of this is by finding healthy ways of achieving the same peace of mind that sugar gave you, such as through exercise, yoga, meditation or a beloved hobby. This, plus learning to positive self-talk, is the definition of healthy coping. Quitting cold turkey is not for everyone. If you have to, take baby steps toward your goal. Slowly begin to taper off your sugar intake and replace the refined sugars you eat with natural sugars. Then slowly bring the level of natural sugar you ingest into balance. If you relapse and binge on sugar, start again the following day. Be persistent, do not give up, tell your support system what you are experiencing and reach out for help. There is hope for your sugar addiction!

Addicted to Sugar

sugar addictionMany people are not aware that sugar cravings can turn into a certifiable addiction. This is because harmful types of sugar are not restricted or labeled for the public at all. In fact, they are found in every popular food chain and sit down restaurant in North America. This is concerning, considering that refined sugars cause deadly diseases when consumed in excess. It is up to us to understand what a sugar addiction is, and hold ourselves and our loved ones accountable.

Refined sugars are qualified as addictive because the body’s chemistry actually changes¬†as it receives more and more sugar. Just like in the case of an addictive drug, the body becomes reliant on refined sugar as it receives large quantities of it, and goes into withdrawals if it does not receive it. This is a major qualifier of an addictive substance. When someone is legitimately addicted to sugar, their behavior will show it. If they are kept away from the object of their sugar craving, they will become irritable or emotional. Their cravings may become so strong that they are willing to go to great lengths to achieve the sugar they are craving, no matter what time of day or night it is. Frequently, if people who are close to the sugar addict have expressed a concern for their behavior, the addict will begin to indulge in secret, keeping hidden stashes of sugary items in desk drawers and cupboards.

If you believe that yourself or someone you care about is struggling with a real sugar addiction treatment is the best option. This method of recovery works the same way as drug or alcohol abuse recovery does. It is important not to take a sugar addiction lightly. Sugar addiction is one of the leading causes of obesity, heart disease, tooth decay and diabetes in North America and the world. When left untreated, it can have devastating health consequences. The mental health professionals who treat addiction will certainly not take your sugar addiction lightly. They are eager to see you recover and restore your body to its original health.

Sugar Cravings

craving sugarPeople who are prone to sugar cravings are faced with the difficult task of learning to control their cravings. This is not an easy thing to do considering that sugar is chemically addictive. As with everything in life, the more you feed a sugar craving, the more your body and mind will think that sugar is a life necessity. The truth is, a certain amount of natural sugar is normal and healthy for the system, such as the sugar found in fruits and vegetables, but any kind of white or refined sugar is being revealed as toxic more and more everyday by health experts, and should largely be avoided.

Refined sugars are incredibly bad for people. They are a leading cause of a number of heart diseases and of diabetes. They also cause tooth decay, tooth infection and a range of other bodily destruction. The surgeon general has strongly advised to stay away from foods and beverages that are heavy in refined sugar content. Particularly chastised in recent years has been any kind of soda pop beverage. The high sugar content in soda is more responsible for obesity and disease than foods containing saturated fats. There is still a great deal of confusion over which kinds of sugars to avoid, but generally speaking, they are the ones found in processed, high calorie foods such as pastries, baked goods and things accompanied by white flour.

It is not uncommon to feel overwhelming cravings for these types of foods. Many adults, young and old, were raised on these items, consuming them far more often than we know is healthy in the present day. However, it is possible to train yourself to reduce their presence in your diet and take control of the amount of unhealthy sugar in your system. It may be a struggle for a time because your system is used to refined sugars, but by gradually replacing them with the natural sugar found in fruit and plants, you too can be sugar free!