sugar

Tomorrow is October 1 and we are entering the last part of the year. Whether we are farmers or not, it is time to look back on the past 9 months and reap what we have sown. Ask yourself:

  • Have the seeds for health that I have personally sown ones that I am happy about reaping?
  • Are my current health habits up to the demands of Halloween and the holidays?
  • More important: Am I currently happy, healthy and comfortable with my health habits? Is my family? My doctor? My Heavenly Father?

Although I have done a number of healthy things over the past nine months (including a terrific strength training workout for my osteoporosis that is now a habit and mastering the recipe for a green smoothie recipe that’s also become a daily habit), sugar has gotten the best of me more times than I’m happy to remember this year. I’ll spare you the details, but it’s embarrassing and humbling to acknowledge how often it’s dominated thoughts and actions.

In truth, it has been a big problem for me for as long as I can remember. My ability to manage it comes and goes. This summer it went. Far, far away.   Am I addicted? Is there even such a thing as sugar addiction? Am I alone? Can you be addicted to sugar and still be at a healthy weight? I don’t know but I’m researching it and want to share what I’m finding with you.

What I do know is that I’m turning 60 years old next May. I have battled an obsession with sugar since I was 12 years old. That’s 48 years. I would like to spend the last third of my life free of its grasping claws. Emotionally, spiritually, physically and even socially, I want to thrive without it. I know that’s what my Heavenly Father wants for me too.

Starting tomorrow, October 1, 2013, I am launching a 30 day experiment to monitor my cravings, follow a not overly regimented healthy eating plan, and document it all at my new blog: www.beat-sugar-cravings.blogspot.com. I’ll be approaching this with information Dr. Mike Dow, author of Diet Rehab: 28 Days to Finally Stop Craving the Foods that Make You Fat” and using “Win the Sugar War” 100 Real Life Stories of Conquering Cravings – and Pounds” for inspiration.  

Interested? Perhaps the video and quiz below will be helpful! Here’s Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D. on CBS news reporting scientific findings that sugars and carbs ARE as addictive as street drugs.

Now that you’ve watched the video, does sugar addiction apply to you? Take the quiz and find out!

Sugar Addiction Self-Diagnosis Quiz

Sugar Addiction

 

1. Do you have sugar daily or at least every other day? (cookies, pastries, chocolate, candy, etc.)

_____ Yes
_____ Yes, more than once a day!
_____ No

2. Do you often think you will feel better indulging and afterwards you feel worse?

_____ Yes
_____ Yes, I thought I was the only one that experienced that!
_____ No

3. Did it stir up any emotions or cravings in you when you saw the picture of the desserts in the photo above?

_____ Yes
_____ Yes! My mouth even watered.
_____ No

4. Do you have a hard time resisting dessert when it’s offered to you or when you are eating out?

_____ Yes
_____ Yes, are you kidding? That’s why I go!
_____ No

5. Do you eat too much sugar to the point of feeling sick?

_____ Yes
_____ Yes, too frequently
_____ No

6. When you eat sugar, does it make you want more of it?

_____ Yes
_____ Yes, of course!
_____ No

7. Do you have a hard time stopping at a small serving, like 2 cookies instead of 4 or 10?

_____ Yes
_____ Yes, or even more than 10!
_____ No

8. When you eat sugar, does it seem like it’s beyond your control? You feel like you “have to eat it all?

_____ Yes
_____ Yes, and I hate it when that happens!
_____ No

9. Have you ever tried to stop eating sugar and couldn’t?

_____ Yes
_____ Yes, but I don’t feel like I can be without it!
_____ No

10. Do you ever hid sugar from family or friends so they won’t know you’re eating it?

_____ Yes
_____ Yes. And it’s not something I’m proud of.
_____ No

11. Do you feel an impulse to eat it when you see it, like you have to eat it and its calling to you?

_____ Yes
_____ Yes. More like yelling to me.
_____ No

12. Does it feel like it’s never enough – you eat it once, and you want more and more?

_____ Yes
_____ Absolutely YES! YES! YES!
_____ No

13. Do you feel ashamed or guilty when you indulge in sugar?

_____ Yes
_____ Yes, and even more so when I realize how silly it is
_____ No

14. Do you often tell yourself this is the “last time” I am doing this, and tend to overeat because you “thought” it was the last time?

_____ Yes
_____ Yes. In fact it is a frequent thing
_____ No

15. Are you often tired or feel like you need a nap?

_____ Yes
_____ Yes, and I take those naps!
_____ No

16. How many years have you struggled with this issue?

_____ Just a few years
_____ About 10 years
_____ Most of my life, as long as I can remember. Since I was born?
_____ Not a problem – just taking the quiz for fun

17. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your sugar addiction?

_____ 1-3
_____ 4-7
_____8-10

18. Are you experiencing enough frustration and side effects from this that you are ready to actually do something about this?

_____ Yes
_____ Maybe
_____ No

19.


Do you believe there is a significant spiritual and/or emotional element to your feelings about how you manage sugar?

_____ Yes
_____ I REALLY want to be free of this and feel better about myself
_____ No

While there are no “test results,” in your heart you’ll know where you are and whether you are happy and comfortable physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially.

So! What do you think? Are you in? If so, you may want to hop on over to www.SparkPeople.com and get some help choosing a healthy eating plan. It’s free and fun! Or choose one of your own that has an emphasis on veggies, fruits, whole grains, and limited carbs, dairy and meat products.

Or you may want to start by just keeping track of how many times a day you have sugar triggers, and how many times you indulge. How to do so is up to you. Whether it’s on a 3×5 card you carry, on one of the notes sections on your i-Phone, etc.

You may also be interested in ramping up your 30 day test with the herbal detox product I share at MyMiracleTea.com. Many people feel that this really helps with cravings (some have even become temple worthy after starting it … using it to break free of both coffee and tobacco.) We don’t know, as there are no clinical tests, but we’d sure love to find out!   If you’d like to join us and test it out, we’ll even pay you to check it out for the month of October.

(And if you’re wondering why Meridian is sharing a “tea” please click here … I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how this is not in opposition to the Word of Wisdom in any way.)

Whether you use the tea or not, I hope you’ll check out my daily postings for 30 days at www.beat-sugar-cravings.blogspot.com

It’s all about YOU and being happy with how YOU manage your life and health. The gift of a mortal body and the agency to make choices is the founding principle of free agency and our journey here on earth.

Join us for our 30 day sugar detox journey by keeping a journal and following us at www.Beat-Sugar-Cravings.blogspot.com or even testing out our herbal detox product:

Next Week: The LDS Addiction Recovery Program!

60 secondsCarolyn Allen is the Author of 60 Seconds to Weight Loss Success – One Minute Inspirations to Change Your Thinking, Your Weight and Your Life, available at her website.

She has been providing mental and spiritual approaches for weight loss success both online and in the Washington, DC community since 1999 presenting for Weight Watchers, First Class, Fairfax County Adult Education and other community groups.

She and her husband Bob are the parents of five children and grandparents of eight. They live in the Washington D.C. area where they are delighted to serve each week as the nursery leaders. Learn more about them and the herbal detox product they share at Meridian HERE.