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How can I break my sugar addiction?

By Anonymous October 24, 2015 - 1:07am
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I am a pretty healthy young woman... I exercise regularly, and often vigorously. I love to eat veggies like: beats, asparagus, egg plant, anything veggies you name it and I'll eat it. I can prepare delicious salads, healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. I eat chicken breasts with barely any fat, I eat my quinoa, homemade hummus, etc. On the sad side, I love, and I mean love the sweet treats. Mostly I reach for the baked goods and the chocolaty, rich, savory sweets. I hate it... At some points I will eat the sweets to the point where it's not even making me feel good, but I still eat it anyway because I know it might not be there around later, or that someone will notice and judge me for eating it. That, too, is a problem. I pack on the desserts while no one is watching... When others are around, I tend to stay away from them. I can actually be VERY self disciplined when it comes to sweets in front of crowds. I can say no to a delicious looking, pistachio filled, chocolate fudge cake without even blinking if my peers are around: and that's exactly what I did at work when that cake was around. I CAN do it, but when I'm alone I feel like I bury myself in my own misery of the deadly white powder! Please, help me. I've tried asking others for help. I've tried getting other people involved, but I think even though they know, I am still ashamed and I don't see any progress because I get myself to be alone only to find some way to get a bite of that delicious, mind rattling dessert. As of now, I am trying to reach out to other sources. I want to be beautiful again! Although I know I am right now, too, but I can be much better. I want to look good in my bikinis again, I want to look amazing for my special other half (he looks absolutely incredible) I want to not be so dependent on that sweet torture. I want to take control of my life in regards to the foods I eat!

I have read multiple articles on how sugar is incredibly bad for the body. It causes so many malfunctions within a person that only give rise to tremendous problems later down the road in life. Even reading and trying to be aware of those things does not help me put down that sugary treat. I am afraid, as I read this in an article as well, that I am addicted to sweets in a worse way that an addict is addicted to cocaine...
I envision a person, anyone to be my supporter! To create little games, or challenges for me to follow each day or week. A person who can see my accomplishments and also push me down farther! If there is anyone, please let me know.

Very respectfully,
An anonymous and hopeful cupcake

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Hello and thank you for choosing EmpowHer,
I am one of the moderators here at EmpowHer, and would love to give you some helpful advice on the matter you have described. I do want to say however, that EmpowHer does not offer long term therapy or life coaching. So my post will hopefully be a good jump start; but if you're looking for something long term you may want to see someone 3 or 4 times a month that can coach you through breaking the cycle.
I can speak to you from personal experience so I can definitely tell you what helped me! First of all, you need to alway start by looking at the root cause, and I can assure you, its NOT a love for sugar. In fact you probably hate the power it has over you.
The root is fear. You're afraid it will disappear and you won't get to enjoy it. You're afraid that you may never have the chance to eat something like that again in a long time. You're afraid of that feeling that you are somehow depriving yourself if you don't have it.
In order to break this cycle, you must face these fears first! How can you do that? Eat sweets with other people!!! This may seem counter productive and even scary, but like I said, I'm speaking from experience so I'll explain.
You have convinced yourself that eating sweets is a dirty, bad, horrible thing to do. That's why you would never do it in front of anyone. It's also associated with guilt and shame, which is another reason you don't eat it in front of anyone. You must change this perspective!
Eating sweets and wanting to eat sweets is normal. Whenever you watch from the side lines as people indulge in a chocolate fudge cake, while socializing, laughing and having a good time; you will, not only feel deprived but judgemental of them! How could they eat that? You might think. Then, because you want to make up for the fun you missed, you go eat your own fudge cake by yourself. Now you feel like a hypocrite and the shame creeps in. All this could've been avoided if you had simply eaten a piece of cake with everyone else. When you do that, you learn that its ok! You will feel happy, satisfied, and loved, which are the 3 things you are searching for when you binge on sweets alone. But you will never find it there, you will only feel guilt, shame, regret, and anger toward yourself. So, step #1 eat sweets with others!! This will break the need to binge, and you will have eaten 1 piece of cake, instead of the entire cake!
Now, Ill give you a more specific example of how you can be pro-active in changing this cycle. Remember, the goal is the break the fear of sugar and what it can do to you. So, here is one way to face your fear in a healthy way. Deliberately have an ice-cream date with your boyfriend or best-friend. There is absolutely nothing wrong with an ice-cream now and then. And its no shame to enjoy it with someone else! Afterwards you will feel satisfied, happy and loved. Over time, having sweets will be a pleasurable activity instead of a way to punish yourself. And that need to binge won't exist anymore, because you have given sweets the healthy and correct role in your life.
I hope this was helpful.
Lets us know if you have any more questions or concerns.

October 24, 2015 - 9:18am
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