“Sugar addiction is 8 times more addictive than cocaine”. ~Dr. Mark Hyman
The above statement is very scary.
I’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.