I’m severely addicted to sugar and have no idea how to get it out of my life. I am single and lonely and my emotions are up and down (no doubt to the sugar). I’ll gain weight, 8-15 pounds, and then I feel gross, so I exercise and eat right and lose the weight only to watch the pattern happen again. My obsessions are gummy worms, chocolate, sugar cereal, and ice cream. Do you have any ideas on how to help me? I’ve read all the books, hired a personal nutritionist, I know it’s bad for me. I’m 34 and afraid of diabetes or that I’ll get really fat and never be able to be thin again. Any ideas?
~ Sweetness Ain’t so Sweet
I’ll start with a quote from Brena Brown, “He or she who is willing to be the most uncomfortable is not only the bravest but rises the fastest.” – Brené Brown
No doubt you already know your triggers, you know that you are using sugar as a way to cope with feelings that you don’t want to deal with and/ or it’s such a physical addiction you can’t stand the idea of being so uncomfortable.
Sweets are a hard addiction to kick because it’s considered the lesser of the evils of addiction, yet the outcome can be devastating to your body and mind.
What if you sat with the discomfort and simply observed the discomfort as a message. Slow down. Choose fruit, or yogurts or something sweet that is a healthier substitute as you gradually wean yourself off the bad sugars.
Remember it takes 30 days to really kick a bad habit and start a new one. It goes like this:
The first ten days seem unbearable and the brain tells you that this will always feel unbearable, but then you get to the second ten days only feel uncomfortable. The brain still tells you that this will always feel uncomfortable, but now you thinking, “Wait, it’s not unbearable anymore.” That’s a good thing. Finally the last ten days you start to actually like how you feel and realize that you feel better without the sugar.
So I’ll simply repeat the opening quote: “He or she who is willing to be the most uncomfortable is not only the bravest but rises the fastest.” – Brené Brown