I am a sugar addict. I keep testing this, because I don’t really want to believe it is true. But it is. I love sugar, but it’s effect on me is not pretty. I have been known to eat chocolate and other candy in my sleep. I have gotten into fights with office mates (as an adult, I might add) over candy. It was my first “love” and my first addiction. And, now I am addressing it: by eliminating sugar in all its forms – the obvious ones like candy, chocolate, high fructose corn syrup, honey, etc., and the not so obvious ones like potatoes and fruit. (Bread would be on this list also, but I have been” gluten-free” for almost a year now and the “no bread, pasta, etc.,” mantra is just a part of my life now.)
Some days are better than others. Today, for instance, I had a couple of squares of dark chocolate. I have not felt any sugar craziness … yet. I’m hopeful that just a couple of squares of good quality, low sugar, dark chocolate will be do-able. [fingers crossed!] Oh, and I also had a few blackberries. Again, hopeful! I’ve read that berries are lower in sugar content than other fruits.
I have been fortunate to discover some great resources to help me kick the sugar beast. I urge you to check these out:
And for help addressing the EMOTIONAL issues of sugar addiction, I turn to the beautiful Karly Randolph Pitman. I am currently reading her “Overcoming Sugar Addiction” book, and will be talking about it in an upcoming post.
So, anyway, I did say that sugar was my first addiction, right? I am not alone. In fact, I suspect that most alcoholics and/or drug addicts have “sugar issues,” if not full blown sugar addictions. But, I can only speak for myself. Oh, and Eric Clapton 😉