Okay, I confess… I’m an addict.
And, the first thing to do in order to change is admit you have a problem. I’m now 10 days into my sugar
withdrawal. This process has been rough! No headaches today, but still the stuffy sinuses and queasy stomach. Most of the shakiness is gone.
When I told Mr. Boss Man that I was weaning off of refined sugar, he made a really profound statement. He said that some people don’t understand why it’s so hard to quit smoking. Major lightbulb moment.
Now, I think I have a glimpse into it. I’m having loads of trouble not ingesting an ultimately toxic substance to my body. I also confess that in my mind, I’ve been a lot harder on people in my family who smoke. I would wonder to myself about my little sister, for example, why she wouldn’t stop. Now I understand that it’s hard. May be she can’t stop so easily. She has a little girl that’s three years old and even when she was pregnant, there were times when she would still smoke. It wasn’t constant, but no doubt the nicotine created cravings she couldn’t ignore. And, it was almost more stressful for her body at the time to go cold-turkey. And, even after the baby was born, she chose not to breast-feed. She still smokes, but outside her home — to my knowledge. Even though I think she could get lung cancer, or some other cancer, I guess I understand now that I’m going through my own challenges with sugar that it’s MUCH easier said than done.
Refined sugar is just as dangerous. Unfortunately, it’s in almost everything consumed in the Standard American Diet. Unless one is well-informed and chooses to make good choices about what one eats, it’s an inevitable trap. Lawd, I want to be free! Sugar is associated with the following effects on one’s health. Check out the Huffington Post article here. I’ve just listed a few that stood out to me.
- Heart disease
- May be linked to cancer production and may affect cancer survival
- May drain brain power (I have definitely felt this one. I feel much more clarity without so much refined sugar in my diet.)
As I look at the list, I think about my body and how I’ve most likely been affected by too much sugar. I’m a 5’8″ woman with a medium frame. About four years ago, I was 205 pounds. I lost weight for various reasons that I’ll talk about another time, and have stayed around 170 pounds for the past few months. I still have belly fat from the sugar, I’m sure. I’m also a breast cancer survivor. It’s been eleven years. I ask myself, “How much of my excessive sugar consumption could have added to my cancer?” Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure there were environmental factors and the like that sparked the cells to start forming in the first place.
So here I am. What does all this mean for right now? I can’t change choices I’ve made in the past. Yesterday’s a memory, tomorrow isn’t promised, today is a present. …yada yada yada… Let’s get real. I can make better choices today. It comes down to the decisions I choose to make now that I know better. Is it difficult? Absotively, yes! (Okay, I know I combined two words…) I really have to stop myself from going to the corner store and getting a couple of candy bars. I have to stop my thoughts of cupcakes and what not every day. Now when I have cravings, I’m making healthy choices — or distracting myself for a few minutes in hopes that my brain will forget about the craving. Don’t laugh. It works. Kind of like ‘time-out’ for little kids. It gets easier every day. Thanks for reading.