Apr 102016

Releasing My Sugar Shame

Once upon a time I would go and buy 4 Snickers bars and eat them all at once and then I would work out on the treadmill to try and get rid of the disgust and calories that I had for myself.

Other times when my husband and children would leave the house and I would start baking cookies. I would eat the batter, then eat all of the cookies while making banana bread and then eat that too. Then I would hop on the treadmill and again run off my shame, my disgust and the calories that I had just consumed.

I have lived with sugar addiction since I was a teenager and I’m letting go of the shame that has engulfed me for years. I’m also letting go of any belief that “I am a sugar addict”. While I have never been considered what you would call “overweight”. I have been “overfat” and even more importantly “unhealthy”. As you know it’s incredibly unhealthy to consume a high sugar diet and it’s mentally unhealthy to live in shame.

For years while I tried to break this sugar addiction I was stuck in the past. I was linking sugar with memories from when I was a teenager; when sugar gave me, what I thought, was comfort. You can read more about that at Cookie Dough in the Dark.

This brings me to this present moment. I have let go of my sugar shame. Over the years I have talked about it to let people know that it is an addiction and a very powerful one.

“Being addicted to sugar and flour is not an emotional eating disorder,” says Dr. Mark Hyman, author of The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet. “It’s a biological disorder, driven by hormones and neurotransmitters that fuel sugar and carb cravings — leading to uncontrolled overeating. It’s the reason nearly 70 percent of Americans and 40 percent of kids are overweight.”

 “Animal studies have shown that refined sugar is more addictive than cocaine, heroin or morphine,” says As Dr. Pamela Peeke, author of The Hunger Fix. “An animal will choose an Oreo over morphine. Why? This cookie has the perfect combination of sugar and fat to hijack the brain’s reward center.” Hyman believes sugar can be eight times more addictive than cocaine. Find out more.

 Minutes after I start eating it (sugar source), I feel a rush of euphoria and I can’t stop. Then comes the crash where I either have to get more to sustain that feeling or the downward spiral starts, the mood turns sour and I wish I hadn’t even had a bite.  Note to self- don’t have it in the house!!! Can anyone identify with this?

Action Steps:

  1. I understood that sugar addiction is bigger than I am and that I can’t get off it alone. Get support.
  2. Fix your micronutrient density nutrition. Simply meaning, start feeding your cells properly and the cravings go away. It’s true.

3. Start small. I didn’t give up sugar, I shifted. Here are some great blogs to read; What is beneath your sugar and caffeine cravings?, Getting Off the Sugar.

  1. Be in the Moment. I know it might sound corny but it has been tremendously helpful. Check out Watching Your Thoughts.
  1. I am a human being and I am not perfect. I am not a teenager anymore and I don’t have to hold on to those beliefs. I am a mature responsible woman. I am a parent to 2 fabulous boys. I am a wonderful wife. I am a person who is extremely passionate about helping others be the healthiest they can be. I am strong, honey, and hear me ROAR!!


Whatever your addiction, I hope these tips help you as they have helped me.


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20160215_165349Tanya Morrison has been in the Health/Wellness and Fitness Field for over two decades.  She has coached and trained many clients over the decades. She is a certified Personal Trainer, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Nutrition Coach, Pilates/Aerobics/Yoga Instructor and more. She is the creator of the Busy Mama Reboot 3 week program and the Busy Mama Detox which is a 12 week program that runs in January, April and September of each year. To find out more about these life changing programs check out the testimonials and information at www.busymamadetox.com. Tanya also teaches many different classes at Move Your Body Studio in Bobcaygeon, www.moveyourbody.ca and has written Healthy Snacks for Kids, Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans & Living Vibrantly with Raw Goodness – Your Guide to Juicing & Blending.

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