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Am I a Sugar Addict?

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I often wonder if I am I am addicted to sugar. According to dictionaryreference.com an addiction is defined as:

"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. "

Too be honest, according to this definition I do not think I have an addiction to sugar, but I do have a strong preference for it. I do know that every time I eat a sugar laden treat I ALWAYS think about it first. I often have a dialogue going in my head, "Should I or shouldn't I?" Do I really want to eat this?" "Remember the last time I had it, it did not taste as good as you remember." "Read the label." and on and on.

There are times I'll purchase it and times I won't. But it is always based upon a CHOICE that I made. So, I guess I can say that I am not enslaved to my sugar eating at this point in time.

I exercise often and try to eat foods as close to the natural state as possible. Other than the junk foods I eat minimally processed foods. So, why can't I choose to stop eating those candy bars, chips and ice cream?

That is a question that has been haunting me these past 4 years. When I went to school a couple years ago a classmate (one who I thought never paid attention to me or what I did) commented on how I eat too much sugar. My mom, who knows I want to eat well, will ask me if I read the label when I am eating junk. Then the other day, my granddaughter asked my why I always eat more than one serving of ice cream.

I know I eat too much sugary products and should either cut way back or stop altogether, but I seem to not be totally committed to doing so. There is a quotation that says, "Failure to plan is planning to fail."

This rings true in my situation. I do not plan for those times when that dialogue will go on in my head. I need to prepare ahead of time so that I can walk away from a temptation and turn off the dialogue that goes on in my head as I stand in front of that junk food display.

I need to get it into my head that by not eating that junk the only thing I'll be missing is the ill effects that it will have on my body and turn it into a positive - I'll feel better if I do not eat it.

So, in conclusion, I do not think I am a sugar addict, but I make a lot of poor choices when it comes to eating, especially when I am doing errands, due to lack of planning.

  
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JITZUROE 8/7/2011 10:11AM

    Hey you! I really liked this. A lot of it rang true. That quote about failing to plan is spot on for me. I remember a few days recently where I was at that Walgreens in the candy aisle, and I had two very conflicting emotions going on. I had been good with healthy unprocessed food 6 days at that point, and I REALLY wanted to keep it up, but I found myself grabbing a jar of nutella and a jar of PB + a huge king size bag of lemonheads (!!!) and hearing some voice in my head telling me that my goals were nice, but come on, this was something I did all the time, so why would I think I could just knock it off? It was surreal! I still fight that all the time it seems, but my body is happy for my good choices most of the time. : )

Bren

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LIV2RIDE 8/2/2011 9:41AM

    I read a blog of a fellow Sparker the other day that really rings true. Tell yourself NO! Just like a spoiled kid who wants what they want when they want it. Tell yourself NO! Just like you would your own child who is demanding a sugar laden treat. Tell yourself NO! emoticon

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KELLEEH 7/31/2011 10:49AM

    Hmmm.. this sounds pretty familiar. I have cut down on the amount of sugar I eat, but I haven't cut it out. I don't really want to, but sometimes I think I should.

Good luck to you! If you do decide to go cold turkey for a while, let us know how it goes!

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HASELNUSSCHEN 7/31/2011 12:32AM

    Maybe you're not addicted to it, where if it was a choice between saving your child and getting a Snickers bar, you'd pick the candy. BUT you probably just have really good associations with it. Like childhood memories of having candy during happy times, etc. I know I usually eat junk food when I'm in a weak or sad state of mind. I don't think I'm addicted, but it is something I turn to when I want to feel immediately better. But I'd try what Jenn says, give it up for a few days and see if you get withdrawel symptoms. If anything, it will make you a little stronger so that if you do decide to give it up, you'll have more discipline. good luck!

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JENNSWIMS 7/30/2011 2:29PM

    I know I was addicted to sugar, or at least the processed foods that it comes in, because I had withdrawal that was just as bad as when I quit nicotine when I started the Eat to Live plan.

You won't know if you are a sugar addict until you go cold turkey for a week, IMHO. Once I went cold turkey I was free of cravings for pretty much everything once I was at the end of week 2. Your mileage may vary.

Hope this helps!

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TEACHERWANDA 7/30/2011 11:41AM

    I know I am addicted to fat, sugar and salt.

You might find the research by David Kessler interesting.

http://www.wash
ingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/a
rticle/2009/04/26/AR20090426027
11.html

Knowledge is power. You don't have to be a slave to your addictions.

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Did I fail?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

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LIV2RIDE 7/28/2011 9:20AM

    Good for you!

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/27/2011 11:34AM

    GREAT job. emoticon

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JILLTBNAGART 7/27/2011 10:03AM

    Good for you! Stay positive!

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I AM IN CONTROL

Saturday, July 23, 2011

It's all about choices. Lately as I been thinking about what to blog I notice that I often want to blog about how I gave in to a temptation and ended up buying and eating a candy bar, donut or chips. It is easy to say, "I am addicted to _________ (fill in the blank). But am I really addicted?

I am beginning to think that is not the case because for every time I gave in the then tempation I first had a thought, or rather, I should say I had a dialogue going on in my head - should I? or shouldn't I? More often than not, I choose to do.

However, I am in control of what I put in my mouth. If I eat something that I know is not health supporting it is because I choose to do so. I am beginning to realize that for every action I do it usually first starts with a thought. I think about eating something or not eating something before I actually eat it.

Too often as I think about the decision I am about to make I THINK if I do not give in to the tempation then that decision will haunt me the rest of the day and I'll wish that I just gave in and ate that thing in the first place.

So, what if I change my mindset and tell myself no, I do not need that candy bar because it will do nothing to support my health and then make the CHOICE not to eat it. Then if the self doubt rears its ugly head, I can tell it that I am in control and I CHOOSE not to eat such foods because it really does nothing for my health but it will only satisfy my sweet tooth for a short time.

I am in control of what I put in my mouth and if that sweet tooth gets too demanding then I out to choose to settle it down with something sweet in its natural packaging like an apple, orange, banana, or berries.

I am in control and it is all about the choices I make. I decide what I am going to put in my mouth. I am hoping that this will get easier as my palate changes and I no longer find the junk to be appealing.

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HASELNUSSCHEN 7/27/2011 8:24PM

    very true. Are we only addicts if we don't have the dialogue before eating the food? I believe there are food addicts who have an argument going on in their head all day, everyday. Who knows...? But I think the trick is to have our goals so prominently stored in our head that there is no question as to whether we give in to the temptation. Great blog!

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/24/2011 10:09AM

    I like your concept of settling down your sweet tooth with things in "natural packaging." Great image!

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KELLEEH 7/23/2011 2:53PM

    Great insight! You are in control of your thoughts and your actions!

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MNNICE 7/23/2011 1:29PM

    Good reminder to us all - Why can we be in control of everything else in our life, but then let food control us??!! But I know I do sometimes. Taking control feels so much better!

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PSYCHBAMA 7/23/2011 10:52AM

    What a great blog! It is about choices- I am a firm believer in that. Your blog helped remind me that yes, I choose what to put in my mouth every day and how I feed myself. I can try to identify the feelings behind it and choose to be more productive in satisfying a craving. Thank you and good luck!!!
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Today, I am Officially a Runner...

Friday, July 22, 2011

That is what was stated at the end of the podcast I completed today: 5k101 from Running Mate Media week 8. Actually, everyday I put on my running shoes and get out the door and run down the road 'I AM OFFICIALLY A RUNNER!!!!!"

JUST WANTED TO SHOUT IT OUT!!

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COMPUCATHY 7/23/2011 9:57PM

    Awesome! Way to go! You are right...everyday...from Day 1 that you did this program, you were officially a runner! Yay! Another "hat" to wear...we women have so many! Enjoy! Spark on! emoticon

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KELLEEH 7/23/2011 11:45AM

    Woo Hoo!!! Good for you! Good for you for putting on those running shoes, and for giving yourself a shout out!

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ANDIRUNS 7/22/2011 3:39PM

    Congratulations!! I'd say the moment we fall in love with running, we can call ourselves runners. Being able to complete 5K's is just the icing on the cake!!

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Very nice! Congratulations. I remember the feeling :)

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/22/2011 1:30PM

    Good for you! Congratulations on your success.

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Back to Tracking using Diet Power

Friday, July 22, 2011

I have not tracked my food intake for a while now and I am back to doing it. I am aware of eating more processed sweet treats than I want and so I figured I'd better start getting a visual of how much I am eating. I want to stop giving in to those temptations every time I go to a store. Sometimes I am successful and too often I am not.

For instance, last night I gave in to that display of peanut M&Ms. The good news is I only bought a small bag and left that large bag at the store. A small victory, but I can count it as a victory. Fortunately for me, I found them to be too sweet tasting, this will make it easier for me to say "no" at some point in the future.

Another thing I noticed is that I noticed those M&Ms really did not do a thing for me; I did not feel like "Oh, that was so good" or anything like that. I just felt like they were nothing spectacular and did not tastes as good as I remembered them to be.

I am hoping that getting back to tracking, I can stay focused on eating foods that fuel my body and give it the nutrition it needs. I use this program called Diet Power which grades my eating with the nutrition required and offers suggestions on how to make my diet better. So far, these past couple of days I got an A+, despite the sweets. This is good to know, because for too long those sweet, fat-laden processed foods made up most of my diet without providing the nutrients I need to be healthy.

  
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KELLEEH 7/23/2011 11:50AM

    Your food tracker sounds interesting.. I like that it gives you a grade and some suggestions as well. Like you, I have learned that tracking my food really really helps me.

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LIV2RIDE 7/22/2011 2:52PM

    It's funny how our tastes change as we get healthier. I'm glad it's working for you. I find that periodically tracking my food to be a real eye opener.

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MNNICE 7/22/2011 2:26PM

    I have come to realize that it does make a difference on weight gain/loss if I get my daily calories primarily in clean foods, or if I get the same number of calories on processed foods/sweets, etc. Tracking my food has taught me that all calories are not created equal! But like you, I do need that chocolate periodically, and try to schedule some into my plan now and then!

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/22/2011 1:24PM

    Good for you for returning to tracking. I sometimes think that may be the most significant thing we do to lose weight and keep it off.



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NANCYBFULLER 7/22/2011 8:48AM

    I have noticed that also. I get a food craving for something that I thought I remembered as spectacular and then I eat it and think, that wasn't as good as I remembered it?



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