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Letting Go Of A Sugar AddictionBy Dr. Margaret Paul
November 05, 2012
Have you tried unsuccessfully to heal a sugar addiction? Here's how!
Are you sugar addicted? You are not alone!
I used to be intensely sugar addicted. I craved it all the time, and it seems like the more I ate, the more I wanted it. The fact that it made me feel terrible – first I’d feel the high and then I’d crash and feel spaced out – didn't faze me. I wanted my sugar. Just before I started to clean up my diet in my early 20s, I lived with my aunt, and I used to sneak frozen cake from her freezer – little pieces at a time, hoping she wouldn't notice!
Then I started to read about nutrition and realized how toxic sugar is for our bodies. I used a lot of willpower to stop eating sugar, and I mostly succeeded, but the craving didn't go away. One time about 30 years ago, I went off sugar completely for two years. After a few months, the cravings lessened, but then after two years I made the mistake of thinking I was cured. A bite of sugar and all the craving returned.
Along with the sugar addiction, I struggled on and off with weight issues.
Everything changed when I discovered what the underlying emotional issue was and how to deal with it. Now I know that a sugar/carb addiction can be healed by taking care of both physical and emotional issues.
The Emotional Cause
The emotional cause of food and sugar addiction is SELF-ABANODNMENT.
When we abandon ourselves by being unloving to ourselves – with self-judgment, ignoring our feelings, numbing them out with various addictions or making others responsible for us – we create a big empty hole inside. What this hole really wants is love – our love – but since we are abandoning ourselves, we are far from loving ourselves. The empty hole is very painful, and food – especially sugar and starches – works for the moment to fill the inner emptiness.
It is unrealistic to expect a sugar addiction to go away without learning how to fill that inner emptiness with love – the love that is always available to us from our spiritual source. So learning how to love yourself is vital to healing a sugar addiction and other addictions.
The Physical Cause
The physical cause of a sugar addiction is about what is going on in your digestive system. If you have more beneficial intestinal flora than harmful flora, then you have a healthy gut and likely don't crave sugar. Unfortunately, there are many things in our modern society that destroy the healthy bacteria, leaving us vulnerable to the proliferation of unhealthy bacteria.
Some of what destroys healthy bacteria:
- Processed foods
Processed foods are exactly what the term implies – they are not natural. Because they have been refined, many of the nutrients the body needs are destroyed, and unhealthy food-like products have been added, such as sugar, GMO-grown foods, heated oils which are extremely toxic for our bodies, preservatives, colors, and so on. All of these destroy beneficial flora.
- Sugared food-like products
Sugar destroys beneficial bacteria and feeds the toxic bacteria. This is why the more sugar we eat, the more we want it. As the toxic bacteria proliferate, they demand more and more sugar to flourish. The more they flourish, the more they create toxins that affect our organs and our brain, causing diabetes, cancer, heart disease and autoimmune diseases, as well as autism, ADD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other mental disorders. (See "Gut and Psychology Syndrome" by Natasha Campbell-McBride, M.D. for a complete description of how all this happens).
- Antibiotics and other drugs
Antibiotics not only destroy the harmful bacteria – they kill all bacteria, which leaves the gut vulnerable to harmful bacteria unless the beneficial bacteria are replaced with probiotics. Most other drugs also destroy beneficial bacteria.
- Factory-farmed meats, poultry and dairy
Factory-farmed meats, poultry and dairy products contain the antibiotics and hormones that are given to the cows and chickens, and the pesticides that are in their food. All of this destroys beneficial bacteria.
- Chlorinated water
- Household cleaning products and cosmetics
Looking at this list, you can see why most people are suffering from a grave imbalance in their gut flora. If you want to heal a sugar addiction, you need to do healing work to restore the natural balance. Dr. Natasha's book teaches you how to do this. I encourage all of you who want to heal a sugar/carb addiction and attain health to read it.
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