Sugar Addiction – Sound Like You?By Jared DiCarmine On November 10, 2011 Under Nutrition For Fat Loss
Come on! Addicted to sugar?! Sure, you like sugar but can you actually be addicted to it? There is a big difference between someone who eats sugar every once in a while and it’s no big deal compared to someone who eats it constantly, craves it like all get out, over consumes it when you do eat it and its beginning to negatively affect your health….how you feel physically and emotionally. You may or may not be addicted to sugar – read this article to decide for yourself.
So to answer the question, “Can you really be addicted to sugar?” You bet you can! It’s not an addiction that is talked about much yet, because it’s so socially acceptable. My friend, who is known as the Sugar Addiction Specialist, Samantha Taylor says:
“It’s when that white substance starts to be something you can’t want to live without; starts to affect your health negatively and you don’t know how to get yourself to stop eating it – that, my Friend, is when there is a problem.”
Sugar seems so innocent. How can you actually be addicted to it and how can it be that bad for you? Keep reading to hear answers to both of those questions….
Samantha says, “When you look up the word ‘addiction’ in the dictionary and study the characteristics of what an addiction is, people that struggle with eating too much sugar totally fit the criteria of having an addiction. You decide for yourself by checking this out….”
The word addiction means:
1) 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 it’s cessation causes severe trauma.
Now, I don’t know about you but eating sugar becomes very habit forming for most and when they try to quit and don’t do it the right way, they have trauma…depression, uncontrollable cravings and strong withdrawals. Samantha was a sugar addict for 30 years so she confirms that to be true!
2) The condition of being abnormally dependent on some habit, especially compulsive dependency on narcotic drugs.
Huh, have you ever felt abnormally dependent on sugar? Always wanting it? Eating it emotionally when you had a bad day, eating it daily or just down right gorging on it?
Wait till you hear the definition of a drug, you can decide if sugar acts like a drug in the body but first let’s look at one more definition of addiction: 3) Habitual psychological and physiological dependence on a substance or practice beyond one’s voluntary control.
Most that struggle with eating too much sugar say they do have a dependence on it that they don’t feel like they can stop eating it even if they wanted to and believe me, many of them have tried.
Now check out the definition of a drug: 1) A chemical substance, especially a narcotic, taken for the pleasant effects it produces. Ha, sugar is definitely a chemical substance and, yes indeed, most do take it for its pleasant effects initially…until the ‘come down’!
Look at this definition of a drug: 2) Something and often an illicit substance that causes addiction, habituation, or a marked change in consciousness.
Yes, excess sugar can definitely cause addiction and habituation where you do it out of habit.
Now the real test will be to take ‘The Quiz’ I will be sending out in a few days to see if you even are a sugar addict and since you know yourself better than anyone, you can diagnose yourself.
Samantha has studied sugar for many years and she says that research shows that sugar in excess can be very toxic to the body. It has been linked to the three main killers in this country: heart disease, cancer and diabetes. It also is highly linked to osteoporosis, fatigue, headaches, joint pain, weakened immune system, mental fogginess, PMS symptoms, moodiness, hot flashes, depression, ADD-like symptoms, excess wrinkles and the list goes on and on.
Considering these are many of the main health issues our country deals with, it’s not surprising that the average American consumes 155 pounds of sugar EVERY YEAR!
My goal in writing this article for you is to help shed some light on the reality of this sugar addiction and hopefully inspire you to think about overcoming it. Make sure you look for the next email so you can take ‘The Quiz’, you will probably be surprised. Maybe you are or maybe you aren’t addicted to sugar…. ‘The Quiz’ will confirm it…..
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