Addiction

What do you think of when you see or hear “addicted”?

The Merriam-Webster definition of addict is:

to devote or surrender (oneself) to something habitually or obsessively

Typically, we refer to addiction in the context of alcohol, gambling, nicotine and other drugs. Sometimes sex. Maybe coffee/caffeine.

Can you stop eating sweet/sugary foods? If there’s a plate of cookies, can you leave it alone? Or — harder for some — take just one?

Every now and then, I see an article pop up about the addictive properties of sugar.

This is Not Good, especially given how bad sugar is for you and how ubiquitous it is.

Many people indulge in sweets because they “earned it” or “deserve it.”

In my experience, if I can make a clean break from sugary foods (not including fruits here) and maintain it for a few weeks or a month, I don’t crave them any more. I can walk through the break room at work when it’s piled high with garbage from a pot luck and not even be tempted by it. It doesn’t take willpower by that point, because I don’t want it. (Getting to that point does take some willpower.)

One of the best things you could do for your health is to break your addictive relationship with sugar. Cut the artificial sweeteners, too! Real foods that are sweet (such as fruits) will taste so much better and will satisfy your sweet cravings once you can train your body to remember that it doesn’t really want the White Death.

How are you with sugar and sweet foods?

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3 responses to this post.

  1. I think that I am addicted sugar. I just can’t say no to those delicious sweet treats! I have myself trained into thinking that they will make me feel a little better and they just taste so darn amazing it’s impossible to say when offered. But I guess I must be a little great full to my addiction as it is the reason I have started my own blog in the end.

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