Sugar Addiction is Real, Ya’ll! No Joke! #UsFatGirls
As many of you that have been following for awhile already know, I’m a recovering addict. I went to rehab when I was 12 years old and have been in 12 step recovery programs ever since – for the last 29 years.
Now living in the fitness community and working as an instructor and personal trainer, I see the exact same addictive behaviors. Either with sugar addiction or exercise addiction. But ESPECIALLY with sugar!
Are you wondering if you are a Sugar Addict? Have you ever wondered, but are too afraid to self-examine and ask the hard questions? Are you afraid if you find out you are addicted to sugar you might have to stop eating it? Have you known for quite some time you are addicted, but don’t want to change. The sugar/food is meeting a need and you won’t do anything to give it up? All addicts feel the same way about their drug of choice.
Some questions to see if you might be addicted?
- Can you stop at one?
- Are you confused by people who can eat just a “taste” of something and then never go back?
- Does one bite = binge. (“I already blew it so now I go crazy eating a ton of it.)
- You are fine as long as you don’t have the first bite, once the first bite happens 20 or more follow whether you mean to or not.
- You have regret often from your own food behavior.
- You keep secrets about your eating.
- You sneak food.
- You experience fixation – a food gets stuck in your head and stays there because now you MUST have it.
- The more you try to control your behaviors the more out of control it gets.
- You use food to escape – not to feel better, but to feel nothing or to comfort bad feelings.
- Is there an item you can’t live without?
- How do you feel if making the change means you can’t have that thing any more?
- You know that the people around you really have no idea how bad it is and wonder how they would react if they really knew.
The above is by no means a comprehensive list of feelings common to all addicts, irregardless of drug of choice – sugar or something else.
No one can tell you that you are an addict. It’s something you have to realize on your own.
If you believe you are addicted, there is hope.
Just as with any addiction the first steps are:
- Admit you have a problem, are powerless to control it on your own, and need help from something outside of you.
- Seek a 12 step program, a counselor skilled in dealing with addictions, and find a mentor/sponsor who has a track record of overcoming their addiction.
- Be cautious not to replace one addiction with another.
“Addiction recovery isn’t a “do it yourself” proposition. We need to surround ourselves with healthy, supportive people.” ~Michael Liimatta
I think treating sugar/food addiction often has bigger barriers and hurdles than other substances. Sugar is the most widely accepted addiction – until a person gets “too” big and then the blame game begins. Sugar/food addiction is such a common drug of choice that the addictive behaviors are commonplace in entire friend circles. No one can see that anything is wrong as long as all of them are doing it.
People will stare negatively at a drunk or drug user, yet feed themselves to the point of a sugar high and sugar crash daily. They will shut out health and family and hurt themselves and others in order to keep doing it to themselves.
“We can fall into destructive compulsions if we aren’t willing to face the real issues in our lives and deal with them” ~Michael Liimatta
Sugar addiction is a common, socially acceptable addiction.
Does that word scare you?
Are you addicted? Are you chemically dependent? Is it time to get real? Can I honestly confront you, plead with you, in love?
It is time to get free? Are you in control? Or is it controlling you? What happens when you take the first bite?
The ones that won’t admit there is a problem are the ones that stay sick the longest. The ones that do admit they are powerless and decide to get help can find freedom, one day ata time. Admitting there is a problem takes courage.
Is it time to admit you are out of control and need help. It’s ok if you are powerless. That‘s exactly the place to begin.
“Heavy emotions lose their power when they can escape from my head and out into the world through my lips”~Michael Liimatta
If you are feeling defeated, have hope, Sweetie. I was there too. I work everyday with people learning to overcome, one day ata time.
It’s not too late. You are not too far gone.
Admit you are powerless. Get help. Find freedom!