Part 15– Cookie Dough in the Dark
I get it.
Sometimes it’s just too much effort to change.
Maybe you even think, who f*&$ing cares?
Honestly, I doesn’t matter who cares, only that you do.
I’ve been good all day.
I’ve worked hard.
I’ve had a long day.
I’ve had to deal with people and their complaints all day.
I deserve a treat.
I wanted so badly to believe this was TRUE.
In fact, I did think I was the EXCEPTION.
I thought that it didn’t matter what I ate, because I was doing this.
Maybe you are holding on to this excuse to.
Oh here’s another one!!!
But somewhere deep inside of me, my feelings started to stir. I felt uneasy. Out of sorts. And I went to the pantry to eat something sweet. To calm me.
Because that’s how I dealt with things.
Until that moment.
If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times.
I’m overweight because my mum is – it runs in our family.
I have diabetes because my aunt does – it runs in our family, you know.
You get the picture!
Your beliefs guide you when making your decisions.
Our bodies are powered by sugar (but it doesn’t have to come from the white stuff!!) Our cells use sugar for energy. So on some level we need sugar but we need the proper balance of water, salt, nutrients and sugar, and therefore when we have an imbalance it can cause serious biological problems.
Our brains are wired to crave sugar but instead of eating fruit, which contains fiber and nutrients which slows down the digestive process avoiding the big sugar crash, like we did in the distant past, we are consuming sugary drinks, candy bars, breads, pastas and sugary treats and our bodies & minds are freaking out. As the scenario from last week sadly indicates.
Notice if any of the following resonate with you. If so, it may mean you have a mild, moderate or severe sugar addiction.
I don’t recommend cold turkey because it can be really hard on us when we don’t understand detoxing full. I support small shifts which may also bring up some detox symptoms but maybe not as severe as stopping cold turkey. However, we all have our own journeys, so it’s up to you.
If you are always on the go, maybe you need to rest. But, if you drive to work, sit at work, drive home, sit for dinner and then watch TV and you have no energy, something’s up! Your body has become accustomed to a large amount of sugar (bread, pasta, chips, sugary drinks, starchy food) and without you feeding it this constant supply of sugar, your body simply does not run efficiently or effectively. Switching over to fruit and vegetables which are still forms of sugar, will gradually give you more energy and you’ll be bubbling with energy in time.
This is where I had to shed my inner child and grow up. I was seeking immediate gratification to pump up my mood, give me a boost of energy and feed my sugar addiction. So, shifts began. I discuss them throughout the remainder of this book in more detail but here are a few to get you started. I believe you already know them all. I believe we all know what to do but we don’t believe small shifts will work fast enough, we may be sabotaging ourselves because there are deeper issues that we need to resolve but it’s easier to focus on controlling food and counting calories, and we may lack support, love and direction so we just remain stuck and continue on this never-ending loop.
I wanted to see results quickly. I wanted all of my efforts to show up in some physical way so that I could see the payoff. I wanted everything to be better NOW.
But I now understand that we don’t get to see it all, we have to believe that what we are doing is working. It’s either working for us or against us and in my case, the insane sugar bingeing was working against me. It took time to rear its ugly head in the form of my deteriorating health and when I finally accepted the truth of the abuse I was putting my mind, body and spirit through, I decided on a different path. It’s been a bumpy twisty-turny path to say the least, but also fun, interesting and one that I am pleased that I am on.
Tanya Morrison has been in the Health/Wellness and Fitness Field for over two decades and has coached and trained many clients during this time. She is a certified Personal Trainer, Precision Nutrition Coach, Pilates/Aerobics/Yoga Instructor and more. She is the creator of the Busy Mama Reboot 28 day program, 10 Day Body Reset Detox, 30 Days to a New You, Holistic Weight Management System and many more on-line programs. To find out more about these life changing programs check out the testimonials and information at www.moveyourbody.ca
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In February of 2007, I read the “12 Steps Program” for Alcoholics and a shiver ran through me. I am addicted to sugar. Sugar is a drug. I needed to surrender. I needed to feel what I had to feel.
Easier said than done. But all this information that I was opening myself up to led me to healing myself day after day – albeit it’s been a long journey.
In August of 2007 I read an article by Dr. Mercola titled Is Sugar More Addictive than Cocaine? Its findings reported that an astonishing 94% of rats who were allowed to choose between sugar water and cocaine, chose sugar.
During my early years as a full time Personal Trainer and Aerobics Instructor, I still hadn’t made the complete connection between a healthy body and mind vs. being skinny. Perhaps I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. Change doesn’t happen overnight. You can’t learn everything all at once, but you can listen. But I still thought I could do it all on my own and didn’t need anyone’s “eating advice”.
After graduating from Western, I didn’t know what to do. So I went to George Brown College for Fitness and Lifestyle Management. Perhaps the powerful effects of exercise were planted while at university and I wanted to explore why exercise was so powerful. This started the ball rolling. It was a very intense course. It provided me with more nutrition training than a doctor, and an intricate look at how the body works physiologically. I learned about every muscle, bone, and organ. I was hooked. We learned how to lift weights, how to burn fat, and how to eat properly.