How I Conquered My Sugar Addiction

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How I Conquered My Sugar Addiction

By Michelle Freitas 09/10/15

I was unable to find relief until I attacked the true issue of my sugar addiction at its core.

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Who loves ice cream? I sure do. For years, my best friends were named Ben and Jerry. I used to eat their Chunky Monkey and Cherry Garcia flavors by the pint, but I don’t do that anymore. If you can relate, don’t worry, there is a solution. But first, let me take you back to when I was a child.  

I grew up in a house with a father who had a sweet tooth. At all times the house was fully stocked with cookies, candy bars, chocolate, ice cream and pastries. Costco was our temple. There were only three of us in the family: my mom, my dad and myself, but my parents bought candy like it was Halloween every week. It was completely normal to have dessert with dinner every night. Sometimes we would eat a few cookies, then a piece of chocolate followed by a scoop of ice cream. There were no restrictions on how much dessert I could eat. When I was a teenager, I was home alone often after school. During that time, I would eat sour cream and onion potato chips and candy bars.  

These habits continued when I went to college. I worked at a restaurant that had delicious desserts. For my at-work meal, I would often order a dessert for dinner! I usually had the brownie sundae or the chocolate lava cake with ice cream. I wasn’t picky. It didn’t even occur to me that there was something wrong with my diet.  

As I matured, I started to hear that eating large amounts of sugar was not good for me. I heard things like excess sugar intake might lead to obesity. Sugar could be linked to acne and sugar could cause high blood pressure. As my sugar intake increased, I started to notice that sugar was causing me headaches, and I felt drowsy after eating it. Despite these warnings, my habit persisted.  

By the time I was in my late twenties, I craved sugar more than ever. I was so addicted that I would have it with breakfast, lunch and dinner. I would wolf down a box of cookies. There was never enough. I would eat sweets past the point of being satiated, usually causing me to feel ill. The headaches I would get from sugar were horrible, but I kept going back. At the time, I had rather bad acne but I refused to believe it was from the sugar I was eating. I convinced myself that my acne had to be from hormones or genetics or anything but sugar. My craving for sweets was out of control! I would eat sugar even when I did not want to. I remember telling myself I would only have one piece of chocolate a day from the box of See's Candy that I had received as a birthday gift. But as soon as I tasted the one, I went back for more and more until the whole box was devoured. That’s when I realized I had hit rock bottom. It felt like I was stuck on a hamster wheel and I finally realized that the only way out was by changing the way I ate.

At first, I tried going cold turkey. I stopped buying sweets for the house. No more cookies, ice cream, cake or chocolate in my vicinity. I also cut out all refined sugar, honey, maple syrup and agave. I would only eat fruit, but I was eating it by the truckload. I had a smoothie every day and sometimes two. My new best friends were Jamba and Robek. This went on for a few months and, with time, I ate less and less fruit each day. Once in a while I would feel deprived so I would have a cookie or some ice cream as a treat, but I found that eating refined sugar created a phenomenon of craving that demanded more. Having one cookie could turn into a few pieces of pie the next day. Then two cupcakes, 10 cookies and two scoops of ice cream the day after that. I would quickly be right back to where I started! It was beyond frustrating.  

It was not until I attacked the issue at its core that I was able to find relief. The root of my sugar addiction was candida. It is a type of yeast that lives within the body that causes you to crave sugar. When I say crave, I mean crave.  When I walked by cake it was all I could think about the rest of the day. When I saw ice cream, I just had to have it. Something had to be done. So I immersed myself in research on candida and how to get rid of it. There was a good deal of trial and error but, after a year, I successfully treated the candida. What worked for me are essential oils and a diet low in refined carbohydrates and sugar. Once the candida had died off, I was able to eat a cookie and then go back to only eating fruit as my sugar source for the rest of the week. My acne cleared up, too! Now that my candida is under control, I have enjoyed developing healthy dessert recipes that don’t have refined sugar. Some of my favorites are my coconut ice cream, Mexican chocolate pudding and Samoas (just like the Girl Scout cookies).  

You can have freedom from sugar addiction, too. If I could do it, anyone can. You don’t have to suffer from those killer headaches, bad acne, brain fog or weight gain anymore. You can begin with admitting you are powerless over sugar and your life has become unmanageable. From there, the sky’s the limit.       

Michelle Freitas is a Certified Holistic Health Coach who specializes in sugar addiction and weight loss. Michelle is a passionate foodie who loves to cook. Visit www.michellefreitas.com to set up a free 50-minute consultation with her. 

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