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Do I Really Have a Sugar Addiction?

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Yesterday, I posted a blog "How I am Going to Tame My Sweet Tooth" and this morning I came across this blog: www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=why
_are_bad_habits_so_hard_to_change


I often call my choice to eat sugar laden overprocessed foods an addiction to sugar, but seriously, is it an "addiction"? Or is it because of learned behavior. For example, I often eat candy bars and drink soda pop when I am mowing my yard. I have a large yard and often try to finish it in one day, so I have told myself that I need to have a "sugar rush" to have the energy to complete the task.

In other words, I have justified my actions to eat junk and that outweighed the negative consequence of eating too much sugary food. In reality, if I wanted to have energy to finish the task, wouldn't it really be better to have a more nutritious food choice? Would not an apple or a banana provide me with energy?

Perhaps, it is easy to justify my choice of snack because I sense the immediate surge of energy and do not feel the negative consequence of eating too much sugar because that needs to accumulate over time. To have the delay of the negative makes the reward of the candy bar so much more appealing.

In conclusion, according to this blog, I may not really have an addiction but a learned behavior that I am not wanting to give up. If I really want to be successful in not eating so many sugary snacks then I am going to need to learn to replace my thinking and actions with something else and do it repeatedly so that new way will become my "habit" or rather, my new addiction.

  
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BERGIE8771 6/3/2011 9:32PM

    Thinking of your (my) sugar addiction in this new light is useful. We can't "get away" with that type of thinking, that of the addict way of thinking, but put the responsibility back on our shoulders.

I see "addict" type of thinking as being helpless, while a learned choice, we have a much better chance of changing for the health of it.

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How I am Going to Tame My Sweet Tooth

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I have been trying for years to tame my sweet tooth and recently have been focusing on the ill effects that sugar has on me. So far, it does not seem like I am being successful, but thinking back I can see how subtle changes in my diet have changed they way I enjoy certain foods.

The most noteable is when I make sure to include a huge salad with mixed greens and a variety of raw vegetables I do not seem to crave over processed sugary snacks as often. So, the most logical thing I can do to tame my sweet tooth is to make sure that I include a salad for lunch and dinner.

Another change I am going to make is to change my thinking that I need to have a "sugar rush" to help me through the day. Often, when I am doing physical work such as moving the lawn, landscaping, I tell myself that I need to have candy bars and/or soda to give me energy. Now that the grass is growing and yard work needs to be done, I am going to choose an apple and some nuts for my 'energy' snack.

I found that I can tame my sweet tooth by having whole grains and fruit for breakfast. When I start my day with this for breakfast, I noticed I do not crave as many sweets throughout the day.

In conclusion, how I am going to tame my sweet tooth is by making sure I focus on the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) in the foods I eat rather than just the macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fats.) The best way to do this is to eat more foods as close to their natural state as possible.

  
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JANSIEMOO 5/31/2011 10:51AM

  Way to go! You've figured it out for you, that's not an easy thing. I was worried if my smoothies were full of berries, I'd want more sugar, and that's sooo not the case!

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KELLEEH 5/31/2011 10:28AM

    This sounds like an excellent plan. I also have a raging sweet tooth. These sound like some great ideas to try. Good luck!

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Moving and downsizing

Monday, May 30, 2011

Well, we are almost moved back into our cabin. We decided to let our oldest daughter and her family rent our house. So, we downsized only to have our youngest move back in with house. It is going to be a challenge because she just gave birth to a baby boy on May 18th.

The baby came early and has to stay hospitalized so we have time to get our cabin ready for him. We sure have collected a lot of things over the years and I am having difficulty finding a place for it all. Right now the place is cluttered, but slowly things are getting put away (Of course, it'd be done sooner if I would quit Sparkin') :-)

I guess you can say that our place is going to be real "cozy".

  


Struggles, they come in different forms

Saturday, May 28, 2011

We all struggle with one thing or another at some point in the day. Often times we do not even realize that we are having some difficulty. Yesterday, I was able to hold my grandson who was born premature at 30 weeks. He weighed less than 3 pounds, but boy, is he a fighter.

He is fighting for his life and the nurses are so wonderful with his care. Too often we take things for granted, things like how our bodies are created. Our bodies are created in such a way that we can prevent many of the chronic illness many suffer if only we properly take care of ourselves.

I am learning some great lessons from that little one about the struggles I face, some of which are actually self-made and if I take care of myself by eating wholesome foods, drink pure water and get enough quality exercise then I, too, will be successful in some of the struggles I face daily. But that is nothing compared to the challenge my grandson faces each day.

Learning to appreciate each and every victory no matter how small and celebrate the big ones.

  
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WEEZYB7881 5/28/2011 9:49PM

    what a sweetie and he's a fighter too --

congrats

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Small improvement

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I went to my running class last night and choose to run with the 101 groups - 12 minutes with 2 minute rest x2. It felt so good to just get out there and run and not think about anything but what was happening at the moment.

I ran each minutes without any problems or desire to stop and walk. It felt great. I ran with music and was just out there groovin' to the music. And to think when I first started the run/walk I could barely run for 1 minute.

I have been doing the run/walk thing now for 2 years and sometimes when I am out there running (jogging) I actually feel like a runner!!!!

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