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.