My Addiction

I actually have many things I'm addicted to: kissing my son's head, buying books, checking email, Facebook...I could go on.

But my major addiction, my curse, is sugar. It took me years to learn that eating sugar was the reason I was so exhausted all the time. I tried cutting out white flour, sleeping more, sleeping less...nothing worked. Finally a few years ago I decided to give up sugar. And, I can't even explain the difference I felt. I was like a different person. I went from feeling so physically exhausted I could barely keep my eyes open during the day, to having so much energy I had to start taking Melatonin just to fall asleep at night.

There are a few major changes when I don't eat sugar for at least two days:
  1. I'm am pretty much constantly in a great mood. Nothing makes me mad, impatient, or grouchy. With sugar, on the other hand, I'm quick to snap, moody and, as I mentioned, exhausted.
  2. I have boundless energy. I have so much energy I can barely sit still.
  3. And my favorite part, I'm much more creative. It's like my mind isn't foggy anymore, instead it's open and clear. I can focus for hours on writing and thinking about my stories. When I eat sugar I can barely concentrate for a few minutes at a time.
So with all this said, why, why, why is it SO hard for me to stay away from sugar? Once I get past two to three days of no sugar, I'm good. I don't want it or crave it. But if I decide that I'm OK and have been feeling great, I'll think, This one cookie/ice cream/sugar-filled snack won't hurt.

But it does. I pay for it for days!

When I knew my dad and his wife were coming for a cookout, my first thought was, "If we can have a bon-fire, I can have a s'more." It's like all of my thoughts revolve around sugar. I was in heaven when I bought a roll of chocolate chip cookie dough to make cookies last week. I knew I'd eat more dough than anything. We didn't even have all of the groceries in the house before I had that roll open and was eating it. We ended up only having enough for nine cookies. I loved every minute of eating the dough, but I paid dearly for it for days. I was miserable. Absolutely miserable.

Does anyone else go through this? Do you have things you just can't stay away from even though you suffer afterwards? How do you stop?
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Sunday

My Addiction

I actually have many things I'm addicted to: kissing my son's head, buying books, checking email, Facebook...I could go on.

But my major addiction, my curse, is sugar. It took me years to learn that eating sugar was the reason I was so exhausted all the time. I tried cutting out white flour, sleeping more, sleeping less...nothing worked. Finally a few years ago I decided to give up sugar. And, I can't even explain the difference I felt. I was like a different person. I went from feeling so physically exhausted I could barely keep my eyes open during the day, to having so much energy I had to start taking Melatonin just to fall asleep at night.

There are a few major changes when I don't eat sugar for at least two days:
  1. I'm am pretty much constantly in a great mood. Nothing makes me mad, impatient, or grouchy. With sugar, on the other hand, I'm quick to snap, moody and, as I mentioned, exhausted.
  2. I have boundless energy. I have so much energy I can barely sit still.
  3. And my favorite part, I'm much more creative. It's like my mind isn't foggy anymore, instead it's open and clear. I can focus for hours on writing and thinking about my stories. When I eat sugar I can barely concentrate for a few minutes at a time.
So with all this said, why, why, why is it SO hard for me to stay away from sugar? Once I get past two to three days of no sugar, I'm good. I don't want it or crave it. But if I decide that I'm OK and have been feeling great, I'll think, This one cookie/ice cream/sugar-filled snack won't hurt.

But it does. I pay for it for days!

When I knew my dad and his wife were coming for a cookout, my first thought was, "If we can have a bon-fire, I can have a s'more." It's like all of my thoughts revolve around sugar. I was in heaven when I bought a roll of chocolate chip cookie dough to make cookies last week. I knew I'd eat more dough than anything. We didn't even have all of the groceries in the house before I had that roll open and was eating it. We ended up only having enough for nine cookies. I loved every minute of eating the dough, but I paid dearly for it for days. I was miserable. Absolutely miserable.

Does anyone else go through this? Do you have things you just can't stay away from even though you suffer afterwards? How do you stop?
Post a Comment