I Am Addicted To Sugar

“Sugar addiction is 8 times more addictive than cocaine”. ~Dr. Mark Hyman

The above statement is very scary.

I Am Addicted To SugarI’ve been sugar-free for over 4 months now. It’s funny how when I’m out and about with people, they often offer me sugary drinks or food.

And I joke with them and tell them that

“I get terrible side effects from eating sugar.  It makes me fat”.

And we all laugh.

But it really isn’t a laughing matter. Sugar DID make me fat. It makes you fat and it is making our children fat. And I’m Not talking about the sugar that we add to food. My concern is with all the sugar that is hidden in most foods.

It wasn’t until I started my low carb high fat diet, that I realized how addicted to sugar I was. I knew it by the awful withdrawal my body went through by eliminating sugar from my diet. But it was worth it because I feel amazing!

Sugar Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Many people experience headaches. (I did)
  • Many people experience body aches similar to the flu.
  • Many people experience intense cravings for more sugar. (I did)
  • Many people experience mood swings or can’t control their emotions. (I did)
  • Many people get the shakes. (I did)

When I was going through my withdrawal symptoms I was really shocked. I wondered, “Could you be a sugar addict”? Many people are. And the sugar addiction could be the root cause of some of the health problems you are having. If you have bipolar, depression, type 2 diabetes, are overweight it may benefit you to kick the sugar habit.

5 Sugar Addiction Symptoms I Experienced

You may be addicted to sugar if…

  • You can’t go without something sweet. Do you crave sweets, processed foods or fruit?
  • You often think about food. You think about when you will be eating next.
  • You get angry or grumpy when you are hungry.
  • Your mood is unsteady, meaning at times you feel great, other times you feel depressed.
  • You have a lot of fat around your belly.

(there are more, but this is just what I experienced.

How To Break A Sugar Addiction

I broke my sugar addiction by eating a low carb high fat diet. You can read more about how I did a low carb high fat diet here.

I had to break the sugar addiction by eliminating the sugar. And I realized that I would be making a lifestyle change. It helped me to compare my addiction to alcohol addiction because it feels the same in many ways. The only difference is my drug is sugar.

Well meaning people, offer me food or drink with my drug all the time. It can be very tempting.

It helps to remind myself of what my life was like before I quit sugar.

I was very heavy and unhealthy. I had joint pain. I got migraines. I was moody. I had bowel problems. I often just felt like crap.

Now I have incredible energy. I have regular bathroom habits. I don’t get headaches and my joint pain is gone. As a side effect, I am dropping the weight. I also want to mention that as a woman of 52 I now have zero problems associated with menopause.

So that is my story. I am addicted to sugar but I don’t let it control me. I control it.

Books I recommend for dealing with sugar addiction.

27 thoughts on “I Am Addicted To Sugar”

  1. I congratulate you in beating your sugar addiction and putting together this excellent ‘must read’ article. Unfortunately a lot of the obesity in the world is due to the amount of sugar we consume with the many health related problems it causes. Completely eliminating sugar from one’s diet may be quite difficult though as food manufacturers often add sugar to canned foods which you would not normally expect to contain sugar such as soup. Avoiding processed foods will overcome that problem and you will be healthier for it.

    1. You are so right, James. It is very difficult because food manufacturers add sugar to everything. And a big problem is that they don’t always call sugar, sugar. There are actually over 100 different names for sugar. They do this to fake people into thinking there isn’t any sugar in products. The reality, if someone wants to eliminate sugar in their diet they have to do what I do. And that is to just eat real food. I don’t eat processed, boxed or canned food. Unless it is something that is clearly a “real food”.

  2. Wendy, thank you. I can relate to the sugar addiction withdrawal symptoms. I thought I was getting ill again, but the truth is, I was still ill and on the road to recovery. It does make us fat and unhealthy. To think that if we change our diet and eat “real foods,” then a lot of the problems we face will disappear, and yet we continue to eat sugary, highly processed foods. It is a culture we must continue to change by educating people and you are doing a great job. You may find this useful. http://howtocontroldiabeteswithdiet.com/diet-sodas-and-blood-glucose-level.

    Congratulations on your successes to date and I look forward to more encouraging words as you so bravely share your story/experiences with us. All the best Wendy.

    1. Thank you so much, Josephine. People don’t realize how addictive sugar is. When you have an addiction to sugar and go off it, the cravings are really bad. It is like an alcoholic going off booze. It is hard, really hard. But it can be done. The secret, like you say is real foods. When we give our bodies the nourishment we need, it gets much easier. I’ll head right over and check out your link.

  3. Hi Wendy first off I want to say thank you for sharing your story with us today. I too am addicted to sugar but I try to balance it out by exercising everyday whether it be a short jog or hitting the weights in the gym. Mostly it helps me feel better about myself. LOL! I really do appreciate you letting us know the affects you went through when you were having your sugar withdrawals. It gives people a good sense to help them know if they are addicted as well. Thanks again for the share. Take care.

    1. Thanks, Jaimie! I really just want people to know what it feels like in case they are going through the same thing. I tried low fat, counting calories and nothing worked even if I went to the gym 3 days a week. It works for many, but I discovered for me it was about the sugar. Getting rid of the sugar made a huge difference in how I feel and of course my weight. But eliminating it from my diet was difficult as you read above. But I just want people to know it can be done. Sugar addiction is very real. Take Care!

  4. Hi Wendy, very interesting article. Sometimes I feel I should stand up and say “my name is and I am a sugar addict.” Not making fun of anything, just coming to grips with the fact that sugar is, indeed, an indication. Unless I’m baking, which is rare because I don’t know how to bake, I never add sugar to anything. It’s the hidden sugars we have to be concerned about, in foods we would never imagine contained it. Congrats on beating it, and I know how incredible people feel once they’ve kicked the habit for good. There’s hope for all of us!

  5. Hi Wendy, congratulations on beating your sugar addiction. I am one of the lucky ones as I don’t really have a sweet tooth and never had but I LOVE MY SALT. My doctor has told me I need to cut back but after reading your article, if Salt withdrawal is as hard as sugar, then it is going to be very hard for me. Eliminating salt like you eliminated sugar is a start. Great information and it looks like it will work for salt addictions too. Cheers Tracy 🙂

    1. I love the salt too, Tracy. But I’m not overly concerned. My bp is really good so far. Actually our bodies need salt, unlike sugar. Sugar, we can all do without. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  6. Hi, Wendy

    Thanks for sharing this important post about sugar addiction.
    I am a sugar addict and love fruit. I also live on a low carb high in a fat diet and it’s ok to eat some fruit. I don’t put on weight then. But I do eat some chocolate now and then made of honey. I love chocolate. I try not to eat so much of them, though. When I stopped with sugar-rich food I also experienced withdrawal symptoms like headaches, high blood sugar level, dizziness. I am glad that’s over.

    Tove

    1. I know what you mean about the withdrawal symptoms of coming off sugar. It really is like being sick with the flu. I like fruit as well, but I try to limit it to berries and lemons or sliced lime for my water.

  7. Hi Wendy…
    I need to find out about fat loss at nearly 60! I fit just about every symptom you have described with regards to (maybe) being addicted to sugar! I don’t think a lot of people realise just how serious it can be…I have recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes…I should have seen the writing on the wall years ago…
    Your post is a timely reminder for everyone to monitor daily sugar intake…the information you have provided is invaluable…and YES I am trying to lower the intake!
    Thanks for reminding me…

    1. Good for you, Stephen for lowering your intake of sugar. Down the road you may want to consider going off it all together. You will find that you will feel amazing and your numbers will improve dramatically. I wish you all the best.

  8. Sometimes i get the mad craving as well, then binge on sweet sugary chocolates, and sweets for weeks on end. Luckily I can eventually pull myself out of it, and work off any weight i put on through my cycling schedules. Well done in beating the addiction! Nice article. Hope there are lots of addicts out there who will read and take heed from this post.

    1. You are lucky that you are able to work it off, George. For me, I simply have to avoid it up front. Your comment is so kind. I really do hope that I can help others. Thank you so much.

  9. Hi Wendy, you’re right we must limit our sugar intake. Even the carbs we eat will transform into sugar. I really take care of it because i’m really afraid of diabetes. I can reduce sugar from sweet foods but it’s hard for me to reduce carbs. I really like to eat almost all carb foods. I just knew that sugar can cause headache and unstable emotions thanks to you. Anyway, It’s great for you to stop your sugar addiction and thank you for sharing this important information

  10. Congratulations for breaking the sugar habit! After reading your post I am definitely addicted to sugar. I eat pretty healthy in general but I have a crazy sweet tooth. Everyday I’m telling myself no to some delicious looking food but a couple times a week I still indulge in ice cream or chocolate chip cookies!

    I can relate to 3 out of the 5 symptoms you listed so I guess I need to do a better job of cutting the sugar out of my diet.

  11. So is it possible to eat NO sugar at all? Are fruits on the no-no list because of the natural occurring sugar? The things that I think I consume that are full of sugar is sweet tea, and fruits. What other sources of sugar are there that we should be aware of?

    1. Yes, it is possible. But I allow myself to eat 30 carbs or less. The only fruit I eat is berries because they are low in carbs. But when I do have them, I only eat a few. I have a list of what not to eat in my Eating on a Low Carb Diet Post. I think you will find it helpful.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  12. Hi Wendy, very nice article about sugar. I’ve had no idea it can be that addictive. Sugar never made me fat. I do not give much of sugary things to our little son Peter. Good to know about sugar hidden in the foods. Good to see you managed to eliminate sugar from your diet and that you are feeling amazing. I don’t have a sweet tooth myself and I also given up on Salt completly. Very good information, Thanks for your post. 🙂
    Marek from BaMC and BAT.

  13. Sugar is something I am definitely going to concentrate on eliminating in many shapes and forms! I am 49 yrs old and want to feel great again and I know this will be a good start!

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