I have written about diabetes from several different aspects. We talk about eating too much food and too much of the wrong type of food. I recently read an article that lays out sugar much the same as a cigarette addiction or even doing heroine. I know that after a meal if I have not had a dessert in a while I start to crave sugar.
Sugar is an addiction and it affects us as an addiction. Consider some of the impacts that too much sugar will have on your body and these are just a few: They are obesity, heart disease, diabetes, hyperactivity, cancer and a weakened immune system.
However in addition to these medical conditions sugar can impact how you act or react toward other people. You may seem irritable; you may express manic depressive tendencies; you may have frequent bouts of depression and you may have lack of motivation and these are just a few things.
What are some of the things you can do?
Some of the things I have done being fairly weak willed include eating fruit and using artificial sweeteners. Our reference article disagrees with that action pointing out that to replace a sweet with a fake sweet does nothing to stop the addiction cycle.
However, I used to be a smoker. When I stopped smoking I did a number of things that “filled in” for my habit and it was a habit. I would use things for my hands to keep them occupied such as a pen and sometimes would put a pipe that had no tobacco in my mouth.
Thing single most positive thing I have done to help my sugar addiction has been to exercise. After exercising I want to drink water, not eat sugar. In addition to that I drink diet flavored water that has carbonation. I still get a soda fix as well as a bit of a sugar fix and I stay hydrated.
Should you quit sweets all together?
It would seem that is the wise thing to do. However I don’t believe in going down that road. It is like a diet. When you go on a strict diet it is just a matter of time before you fall off of the diet. It is better to allow for some “wrong eating.”
Sugar is an addiction. It should have your respect like a strong addiction. However while one dose of heroin can kill you, one dose of sugar probably won’t kill you unless of course you eaat three five-pound bags all at once.
The purpose of this article is to kick the danger of sugar “up a notch” from just pointing out the usual dangers. If you understand that watching the intake of sugar has to do with watching the existence of an addiction cycle then I have done my job.
“The Scary Truth About Sugar,” Article, Miller, Marianne, “Healthy Cells Magazine,” April 2010