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Ready To Break The Sugar Cycle… Again

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“Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.”
~Carl Jung (BrainyQuotes)

Sugar Addicts Cartoon

A very apt cartoon & accompanying article (click the image for the link) showing the power sugar has over us as a society, & how that might be viewed by outsiders. We are like well trained lab rats. Thanks to Mark Adams & NaturalNews.com for this.

I went over my points again today.  That makes me seven for seven days this week going over my daily points allowance.  Today was not so bad though, thankfully.  Today I only went over by exactly the number of points in the raspberry cheesecake cookie I ate at Subway.  Oops.  Damn, that’s a good cookie!  But it’s not entirely the cookie’s fault I went over.  I could have not eaten other things, but it was the one I could have, & should have, most done without.  But my body was craving something sweet & I caved.  I had a doctor’s appointment today, so skipped eating before it.  By the time I got out of there I was starving & weak:(

So I have decided to go for another 7 day chip.  This time for breaking the sugar habit by eschewing “sweets”, food & drink heavily reliant on processed sugar; i.e. cakes, cookies, candy, ice cream, etc.  It’s pretty much impossible to avoid all sugars, & not necessary.  A lot of foods, like fruits & dairy, naturally contain sugars.  I’m not worried about those, or honey for that matter.  Granted if I start drinking honey by the bottle that could change.  A dietician once told me to look for foods with less than 10g of sugar listed per serving.  I think that’s a good guideline for the less obvious sources of processed sugars.

Once my seven days is over I plan to go on for my thirty & one hundred day chips.  I did not continue past seven days before because my goal did not lend itself to being continued.  (I ate only my daily points for a week.  You may recall this led to a binge the next week.)  But this one is a keeper, & if I can make it through the first seven days I hopefully can keep up the momentum!  And If I can make it for the one hundred days, then maybe I can even go forever…?  I certainly have to get into the mindset that “just a little bit” thinking does not work for me with sugar.  Tonight I might be able to have a cookie & put the rest of way, but tomorrow I will be thinking nonstop about the rest of those cookies & anything else sweet that gets in my eye line.

I have quit both crystal meth (months) & tobacco (years off & on) cold turkey.  But sugar?  It has a hold on me I find baffling & shameful.  I feel so weak & gluttonous in the face on it, & it leads down a path of bad decisions.  I have gotten clean for a couple of months before & not only did I feel better but I ate better over all.  But I always go back…

While it is my problem & I own it, I also know a good part of that is the acceptance & availability of sugar.  People get avoiding drugs & alcohol if you’re addicted, but people don’t understand how cookies, cupcakes, & candy can be addictive.  And being a person with a mood disorder, getting away from copious quantities of processed sugar is that much more important.  Not to mention a family history of diabetes & my own borderline diagnosis a few years ago.

Here are some interesting articles on sugar addiction I read tonight:

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Author: despitemyself

A person in flux.

5 thoughts on “Ready To Break The Sugar Cycle… Again

  1. Good luck on your quest for the 7 day chip. You can do it!

  2. Sugar is my addiction too. I can’t stop at a little. I have to give it up completely or get sucked into it! I’m on my break the sugar cycle again…too! 🙂 Good luck with yours! You are not alone!

  3. This is such a tough addiction. But you’ve kicked some other serious ones, already. I know that you can do it! It will be hard, but you’ve got this! They say that doing something for 30 days makes it a habit, so when you make it to the 30 day chip looking at sugar content in food and recognizing it in foods and going without will just be part of who you are. 🙂 I’m cheering for you!

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