Saturday, January 7, 2012

It Really IS Serious

This whole sugar addiction thing is no joke.

I'm not making it up. If you saw me at home with sugar you would understand. Then again... maybe you wouldn't. Most people don't understand how someone could be addicted to sugar because it's not talked about.

Drugs, alcohol, porn addictions... those things are talked about.

But sugar!? Nah. You just have to learn moderation.

Addiction:
the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.
 
Ask people who are addicted to sugar and then quit. They will speak of headaches and aches and extreme cravings. There are absolutely withdrawal symptoms when quitting sugar.
 
An addict is a person who is addicted to an activity, habit or substance.
 
I am a sugar addict.
 
Do you hear me?!?!
 
I AM A SUGAR ADDICT.
 
What is frustrating is that people won't treat me as an addict. Because... you know... it's just sugar.
 
But take a moment and google "side effects of sugar". It's insane. 
 
I've quit eating sugar... as in sweets. No more cakes, cookies, ice cream, chocolate, hot chocolate, sugary drinks, candy, etc. And then I went a step further. I'm reading labels... did you know that sugar is in just about every single packaged food you buy. Go ahead and read the ingredients lists on the food in your house. Most food products have added sugar. We have absolutely no idea how much sugar we actually consume in a day. It's in your bread, peanut butter (unless you eat smuckers), ketchup, mayo, yogurt, salad dressing. It's everywhere. EVERYWHERE.
 
And I'm an addict.
 
Do you know how hard that makes my life?
 
Everywhere I go I am faced with sugar.
Restaurant - desserts and drinks.
Friends houses -  it's there... sitting on trays and being offered.
Church - sells donuts.
Grocery Store - stand in the checkout line and be bombarded with sugary offers.
 
Everywhere I go I have to say no. Not a day goes by that I am not tempted with sugar in front of me.
 
Right now there are cupcakes on my counter because Liza received a cupcake kit for Christmas. The kids are always coming home with candy and sweets from school.
 
I can not get away from it. There is no safe place. I have to fight this constantly.
 
Why am I telling you this?
 
So that maybe you will remember how hard it is for me all the time and give me a break once in a while. Do I always expect people to hide the sweets or for a group to say "no sugar because Laura is coming"? No. I don't expect that at all. But maybe... just maybe one of these times you can just skip it too so it's a little easier for me.
 
Like I asked Mike last night... If I had been an alcoholic would you ever sit in front of me drinking a beer? The answer was no. People can't seem to transfer that same idea to other areas though. Why would you sit in front of a serious sugar addict who has relapsed many many times with a bowl of ice cream?
 
Just something for you all to think about! I really don't expect you to skip dessert every time I am around. Truly. But just keep it in mind that I really do have a serious problem... and so do many others when it comes to food. They just aren't talking about it yet.
 
 
 

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