The Truth About Sugar Addiction
Here is an excerpt from page 43 of my book where I talk about how to kick sugar to the curb and reclaim your health, energy and brain power:
Kick Your Sugar Addiction
In a number of studies, it has been scientifically proven that sugar is more powerfully addictive than alcohol, cocaine, or even heroine. A 2007 study proved that sugar was eight times as addictive as cocaine. In this study, rats were given the choice to drink from three different feeding bottles – each containing either cocaine, heroin, or sugar. Researchers were shocked to find the rats went after the sugar more frequently than the cocaine or heroin – actually they went after it almost every time! They even found that rats previously addicted to cocaine switched to the sugar.22
In essence, due to the indiscriminate and unethical way almost all our food has been deliberately poisoned by Big Food companies–with sugar, salt, additives, and preservatives – (they actually hire scientists to add whatever chemicals that create cravings) as well as denatured – we have become a nation (and world) of food addicts, (especially sugar addiction) and it requires a serious overhaul of your diet and thinking to kick your food addictions. The good news is that you can!
And, it can be done in only a few days or weeks. If you are serious about taking back your health and becoming an active participant in reclaiming your body, mind, and spirit from the clutches of greedy corporations, the 28-day elimination diet will help you do this.
My 28-day anti-inflammatory diet (see meal plan and recipes on pgs. 377-418) is the fastest route to heal your gut. An unhealthy gut is the #1 cause of all diseases. But, before you begin your new healthier, Gut Repair diet, answer these questions to help you get ready to make the change to your new way of eating and thinking, where you will look and feel better and start living the life you were meant to live – symptom-free, pain-free and medication-free.
In Your Journal
Below are some questions to ask yourself in order to understand your own personal blocks you might have in letting go of sugar, (or your favorite foods).
The questions are also designed to help you understand any emotions and/or addictions you may have to the added chemicals. Jot down your answers in your journal.
1. What are the foods I am feeling most uncomfortable about giving up?
2. What do those foods represent to me? (For example, wine might represent relaxation and feeling happy; donuts might remind you of happy childhood memories, or make life seem “sweeter.”)
3. What will my body and my life look like in five years if I continue to eat these foods?
4. What is the cost to me of continuing to eat foods that harm my health?
5. How might my life be better and longer if I choose to let go of some of my favorite foods?
6. Are these foods worth the fatigue, mood swings, brain fog, weight gain, and all the other damage they are causing to my body, mind, and spirit?
Today, I let go of the foods that do not provide sustenance to my body, mind, and soul, and open the door to foods and a lifestyle that give me clarity, joy, and vibrancy.
Everyone can perform magic, everyone can reach his goals, if he is able to think, if he is able to wait, if he is able to fast.
—Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
Have a blessed and beautiful week!
21 Candace B. Pert, Molecules of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine (New York: Touchstone, 1997), 298.
22 Magalie Lenoir, Fuschia Serre, Lauriane Cantin, and Serge H. Ahmed, “Intense Sweetness Surpasses Cocaine Reward,” PlosOne, August 1, 2007.