It’s true. I love sweet things. I always have. When given a choice between something salty or something sweet, sweet would win out 9 times of 10. But addicted? Am I truly addicted?
Stone cold truth: Yes. Yes I am.
We are hardwired to seek out sweet tastes because, to our ancestors, sweetness was a sign of a food that would not kill us in the wild. Fruiting plants are sure to have sweet tastes so that animals will eat their fruits and spread their seeds. Sweet meant survival.
But nowadays, sweetness is only a disguise for many food-like substances helping to make them more palatable. Sugar is a panacea for the sweetness we lack in our careers, our relationships, our lives.
I am addicted to feeling good. Just like you. Just like everyone. So of course, when ingesting sugar causes me to feel happy, even for just a second, I am happy. And sugar is my friend.
But unfortunately, like most addictions, sugar is not my true friend. According to William Duffy, the author of Sugar Blues, “Like heroin, cocaine and caffeine, sugar is an addictive, destructive drug, yet we consume it daily in everything from cigarettes to bread.” Scientific studies have even proven this.
So what do we do, fellow addicts?
We focus on sating our sweet tooth with things that are naturally sweet and *gasp* are actually good for us like sweet potatoes, squash, berries, carrots, apples. And, yes, a sweet potato is actually sweet.
We check to see if something in our life is a bit out of balance. Where are we missing the sweetness besides on our plates? Once we get that in order that sweet craving should disappear on its own.
We drink water. Because it’s fantastic. For our skin, for our weight, for everything.
And we always give ourselves grace. We do not beat ourselves for falling off the wagon. We do not chastise or shame or hate ourselves for indulging. We enjoy what is currently being chewed, we learn what went wrong, and we do better next time.
But mostly we have to love ourselves because that’s the sweetest thing of all.
How do you deal with your sugar cravings?