I am and always have been addicted to sweets. As a child I would sneak into the kitchen at night and eat a spoonful of sugar. I get up first thing in the morning and put a piece of candy in my mouth. Candy is the last thing I eat at night. I always have candy around the house and in my purse. I am 60 years old and weigh 185 lb. I need to wean myself off sugar. I also want to stop using sugar substitutes as they do not help diminish my taste for sweets. I am not finding any real credible info on sugar addiction or how to go about overcoming it. Can you give me any advice?
You seem pretty clear that you have a sugar addiction. Certainly your description corroborates this: you start and end your day eating sweets and always have candy around you. It might be important to determine if you really are a sugar or food addict, since all of us, addicts or not, are attracted to sugar. We are hard wired to desire the energy dense 'hit' that sugar gives us. The food industry has created foods that will make all of us salivate for their products - whether we are addicted or not, we will want them.
The reason why it is important to know if you are a sugar (food) addict is because this will determine your solution. You say that you are having a hard time finding a credible solution on the internet; I bet you are finding many different answers and don't know from which to choose. If you are an addict, the solution is simple: you cannot wean yourself from sugar (anymore than you can wean from cocaine or alcohol if you are addicted to those). Rather, you have to abstain from them and suffer the withdrawal. Thankfully withdrawal sx (cravings, agitation, cravings, irritability, cravings, insomnia, cravings.....) will only last a few weeks if you truly abstain from them. If you keep 'cheating', the cravings will never go away.
Most of the solutions that you will find on the internet are not designed for a food addict. Even if the expert is offering the solution for 'food addiction', if their proposed solution suggests that you can learn to 'moderate' sugar to reasonable levels, this will NOT work for the addict. Even the smallest bite off someone else's place will awaken the 'phenomenon' of cravings and make you want more, and more, and more.
So how do you know if you really are a food addict? See if these questions below apply to you. If you think you might be a food addict, the answer is simple (but not easy!). You must stop eating sugar completely, one day at a time. Please have a look at my website at addictionsunplugged.com for more info on food addiction, as well as some resources to help you stop. For example, there are a number of 12 step programs that are available for the food addict, looking at how to manage food from the addiction framework. If you answer yes to a number of these questions, you may want to call these groups, since it is very difficult to stop any addiction, especially food, on your own.
Wow, one thing which stood out to me is when you said if you taste a hint of it the beast awakens. This is very true and noone understands it. Everyone thinks oh just one will not hurt you and your diet.
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