Sugar is so sweet, like a baby with a lollypop. Sugar just makes everything better. Makes the medicine tastes better. That’s why many medicines are coated with a sugar coating. Chewable vitamins for children have added sugar. Ketchup has sugar added. Even some canned chicken broth has sugar.
I know it seems trivial to point out the sugar content, but if you start reading labels, you’ll find it’s everywhere. Why do food manufacturers add sugar? Simple, it makes things taste better so people will buy more of that product. The food manufacturers are, in essence, becoming our drug pushers.
When we start with sugar, it’s hard to stop. Some can. Some can set their mind to limit their sugar quantity. I, however, cannot. See, I am a sugar addict. You may be as well. I’m a person who can’t stop with one cookie. One is not enough and 1,000 is too many. I was headed toward major illnesses and early death all because of a little sugar.
Still, the debate over whether sugar is a bad guy or good guy continues with even physicians having diverse opinions of the dangers of sugar consumption.
Some experts say if you do not have a weight problem, you shouldn’t worry about it. Eat as much as you want. Others will say sugar in moderation, up to 9.5 teaspoons a day is fine. Others say we are in great danger and sugar is bad, so cut back, but a little won’t hurt.
However, many are understanding that sugar is addictive. Dr. Mark Hyman is one of the main proponents of this line of thought, saying that sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine.
He adds if you are overweight, you are most likely addicted to refined sugar and other food substances that turn into sugar in your body.
What Dr. Hyman says from a physician’s standpoint, I can verify from a experiential standpot. Sugar is one of the most addictive substances around.
The idea that there are now brain scans that show sugar has the same addictive effect on the brain as cocaine makes total sense to me.
Sugar Was My Drug
Sugar affected me early and was my go-to source for anesthetizing any emotional pain, helping me get through difficult situations or actually just checking out for a while. A good binge on anything with high carbohydrate content would help me get through to the next day.
I learned if I could eat something I loved, which to me meant eating something made with refined sugar or processed flour, I could survive for another day.
From there it went to feeling I had to have it to be normal. At some point, I got to the place where a little was no longer enough. It took more and more to get me to feeling level or on even keel.
The final aha moment for me was realizing the correlation between sugar and alcohol. I never know alcohol is essentially liquid sugar. It affects the body differently, but it just as addictive.
Walking Out of Sugar Addiction
So how does an alcoholic get free from alcohol? They give it up. It’s not easy. Those who do the best job of getting free, have group meetings with a leader, peers, peer sponsors and they connect to their Higher Power.
It was that kind of system that helped me, though it wasn’t a formally designed program. It was a mentor, a group and peers that help each other. They were good at making me accountable for what I ate and the agreements I made with myself.
The result of my journey was a weight loss of more than 250 pounds, a clearer mind, more energy, no high blood pressure or high blood pressure medications, no diabetes, release of emotional baggage and greater spiritual connection as I understood it was not through my strength, but in connecting with God’s power that I was able to do this
In other words the decision to no longer indulge in refined sugars helped me jump back into life firing on all cylinders.
Sugar and the Obesity Epidemic
More of us are overweight or obese than normal or underweight. As a matter of fact, in 2012 the Food Research and Action Council noted that two-thirds of Americans have a BMI of 25 or greater.
Back in 1966 the per capita consumption of sugars was 115 pounds per year. Today it’s about 156 pounds. Contrast that with the American Heart Association’s recommended sugar consumption a year of 22 to 36 pounds and you can see we’ve got a problem.
Refined sugar is a big culprit in obesity an other medical issues like heart disease, hypoglycemia, depression, headaches, fatigue, nervous tension, aching limbs, skin irritation, stiffening of the arteries and violent behavior, to name a few.
Yet forward-thinking, intelligent, well-meaning, fun-loving adults still indulge in what some have dubbed “affluent malnutrition” by continuing to eat in whatever they desire, thus putting themselves in bondage to foods.
There is a way out, but it takes acknowledging sugar is addictive and you are addicted. Instead we like living in denial. We like hiding our head in the sand. We like telling ourselves that surely it’s not all that bad, while we can barely walk down the aisle at the our local grocery store to purchase our next legal fix.
A spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down, but it can hurt you and if you are one of the two-thirds of Americans who are overweight, it could be the thing that will end up contributing to a heart attack, obesity, diabetes, stroke, cancer or other dieases.
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