The sugar addiction is making us overweight, lethargic and ruining my prized possession around the gutsy blog -> the gut.
Sugar is the most potent drug.
You have a hard time believing that because when you think “drug,” you think “pharmaceuticals, marijuana, cocaine” and the like.
And yet, sugar is the most potent drug.
My brother tried giving it up. I think he thought it was going to be a piece of cake, until he realized (with my hand holding of course) that sugar is in everything. By day 7, he caved and either ate several Girl Scout Cookies or an entire box. Either way, I told him he was a woman. He made note that quitting sugar is likely to be as hard as giving up smoking.
He is 1,000% correct.
Last March, I heard Julia Ross speak on the Sugar Addiction. She told us that businessmen brought sugar to the United States in the early 1900′s because they knew it was addictive. Julia went on to describe that which makes it a drug:
- loss of control
- continued use despite adverse consequences
- withdrawal symptoms
- 97% relapse (see, JJ -> you’re normal!)
- progressive = terminal
After awhile, addiction is not a choice anymore; it becomes a bio-chemical imperative.
The sugar addiction is real.
Furthermore, the sugar addiction is toxic. Have you seen, Sugar: The Bitter Truth by Dr. Robert Lustig yet? (I highly recommend it.)
I am beyond passionate when it comes to sugar and what it does to anyone with IBS or IBD.
Like it, love it or hate it, if you work with me, we address it. If you can’t cut cold turkey, I meet you where you are at, but we absolutely meet somewhere.
The sugar addiction is hard to kick; I don’t pretend it’s not. I used to eat Toaster Strudels, ice cream, cookies and more every single day.
Part of healing, like with any addiction, is taking the first step. I welcome you with open arms.
Love your guts,