Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Overcoming Sugar Addiction

Thanks, Ben, for the great advice on sugar addiction introduced by Gwyneth Paltrow on Goop.com. Sugar addiction has certainly been an issue for me, especially chocolate. Since childhood I struggled with the love of chocolate and I certainly knew the power it had over me in my 20's and 30's.

 I struggled to quit in many ways and many times. I would be off of it for months or even years at times, but then I would believe I was off of it long enough to indulge "just one time." That never works ... with alcohol or chocolate or any other addiction. Addictions create a spiritual issue with our soul and spirits since we are to be slaves to nothing.

So, the end of my story is that I did overcome the addiction and November 2010 was twelve (12) years since I've had chocolate. Let me assure you that when you are free, you are free indeed.  I have no cravings at all since I settled the issue.  True Freedom - to love nothing more than the Lord my God! Read My No-Chocolate Anniversary article from 2009 which was 11 years.

From Goop.com:

In the past generation we’ve seen the amount of sugar we consume grow exponentially. Until recently, we had been eating sugar mainly found naturally in foods. It was used as a treat or in small quantities and was never a problem.

But today, over a third of the calories we consume come from sugar or white flour, which is highly refined and acts just like sugar in our system.

Our bodies cannot cope with such an enormous load. Sugar gives you an initial high, then you crash, then you crave more, so you consume more sugar. It’s this series of highs and lows that provoke unnecessary stress on your adrenals. You get anxious, moody (sugar is a mood-altering drug) and eventually you feel exhausted.

Sugar is also associated with many chronic problems that include decreased immunity, some chronic infections, autoimmune diseases, heart disease, diabetes, pain syndromes, irritable bowel syndrome, ADD, chronic fatigue, and candida.

Research suggests that one of the main causes for decreased immunity is that sugars inhibit the entrance of Vitamin C into white blood cells, which then inhibits immunity. The more sugar, the less productive your white blood cells are and thus, the less immune you are.

Furthermore, sugars stimulate insulin secretion in the pancreas, which in turn stimulates the liver’s triglyceride production. Triglycerides are linked to stroke, heart disease and obesity. The list goes on and on. Dr. Frank Lipman provides us with all the info on how to curb a sugar addiction.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

I have a sugar addiction right now. Maybe it is because of the Holidays and whatnot, but it is fairly annoying. A book that has been interesting to me to read on the subject is Soaring Above Co-Addiction. It is memoir of someone in co-addiction and how they overcome their issues.

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