Quitting sugar was one of the most significant accomplishments of my life. I’m the World’s Foremost Recovered Sugar Addict (!!).
While sugar is the most addictive food there is, it doesn’t affect everyone that way. One of the key factors in sugar addiction is susceptibility.
I happen to be one of the susceptible people and have had strong reactions to sugar my whole life.
How Can You Tell If You’re Susceptible to Sugar?
Well, it’s often genetic.
Does either of your parents have hypertension? Diabetes? Obesity? Alcoholism?
How about depression? Or hypoglycemia (low blood glucose)?
Do you have an apple-shaped body type? (This really matters if you’re a woman.)
Do you show any of these behaviors around sugar: compulsion to eat it, loss of control over how much you eat, unsuccessful efforts to quit, cravings?
Does sugar interfere with your health? Does it make you isolate yourself, miss important events, or use excessive exercise, self-induced vomiting, or laxatives to counter the effects of the sugar you ate?
If any of these sound familiar, you may be sugar-addicted. But what if you were to quit sugar? How might that change your life?
What Sugar Recovery Can Do for You
Sugar – actually, the high insulin it triggers – promotes inflammation & disease: diabetes, pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cholesterol, obesity, cancers and more. Quitting sugar can reverse many, if not most, of those. Really.
Sugar can cause mood swings, anxiety, depression, irritability. Quitting can help reverse mood issues and keep you feeling great.
Sugar messes with your energy. It can make you lethargic and sleepy all day. Quitting can restore your energy levels.
Sugar makes you eat more. Quitting sugar can help you regain control of your appetite.
Sugar makes you want junky food. It changes food preferences so you want sugary and/or high-fat foods. Quitting can make healthful food seem appetizing again.
What Else Can Recovery from Sugar Do?
If you’ve recently quit alcohol, sugar can make you crave alcohol and even lead to relapse. Quitting can help prevent that and keep you feeling much better during your (ongoing and hopefully permanent) recovery.
Quitting can make you a better role model for your kids.
• Showing them how you handled a big problem.
• Showing them that you do what you say.
• Reversing the health problems above so you’ll be around for their key life events.
• Behaving differently so you treat them the way they deserve.
• Becoming more ‘even’ and less reactive so you handle other things better, as well.
In these ways and others, quitting sugar can be one of the best things you’ve ever done for your health, your attitude, your appetite, your behavior, your recovery, your kids.