I remember when I was a kid and I heard the ice cream truck coming, I would drop everything and RUN to the house for money and the run down the street for the truck as fast as I could go. I never ran that hard for anything else in my life during those years. Sugar tasted like heaven and it was the only thing that would motivate me that much. Later, when I went lowcarb for the first time, breaking that sugar addiction for the first time took incredible will power over the course of several days. Even now, I think of myself in some ways as a recovering sugar addict. Looking back, the pattern of addiction seems clear, even down to withdrawal symptoms, but for most of my life, I had no idea. Is sugar that addicting to everyone? Has there been much research on this? I am wondering if this is universal or tends to be more genetic in nature. I have met some people who say they don't like sweet things that much, but even they do seem to eat a lot of starch and get fat, so pure sugar along can't be a problem for everyone. Or can it? Thoughts? Anyone here never really addicted to sugar?
Sugar is one of the accepted drugs of modern society. Most people I talk to about my eating habits say something along the lines of "Well, that sounds good, but I could NEVER give up bread!" Someone once said that if you find something which you CANNOT give up, you probably should. I stay off sugar for the most part, but when I do have a taste it's really hard to stop and I usually go overboard, end up feeling like crap physically and mentally. Now I just go for berries in coconut milk, as the sugar in fruit at least comes packaged with fiber, and I don't seem to induce more cravings from that. To all those trying to free themselves from the tyranny of this substance, Godspeed! You most certainly can do it.
Hello, my name is Scott and I'm a sugarholic. It's been... four hours since my last sugar fix. *hangs head*
Yeah, I can now be away from sugar for longer and longer periods of time. Sometimes, though, something triggers a craving and I cave. Some of the factors that I've been able to identify about my own binges are lack of sleep or poor sleep, lack of exercise, recent sugar intake (the longer I go without, the easier resisting is), stress (especially about something that I feel powerless about).
I get easily addicted. Sugar is my favorite thing in the world. Research supports this, although it doesn't stop me from feeling like a wimpy little baby when it comes to self-control. During a tenure at a pain clinic, my favorite cocktail was strong opioid painkillers plus a pint of Ben and Jerry's.
"Sugar is noteworthy as a substance that releases opioids and dopamine and thus might be expected to have addictive potential...Neural adaptations include changes in dopamine and opioid receptor binding, enkephalin mRNA expression and dopamine and acetylcholine release in the nucleus accumbens. The evidence supports the hypothesis that under certain circumstances rats can become sugar dependent. This may translate to some human conditions as suggested by the literature on eating disorders and obesity."
At a recent Robb Wolf workshop he told us of a client ( I believe this is in his book as well), who was formally addicted to crack, got off of it and subsequently became addicted to sugar putting on something like 100 lbs from crapacinos, donuts, etc. She stated that it was harder to get off of sugar then it was crack!
I believe sugar is very addicting. I no longer have cravings for anything sweet. But, if I decide to indulge.., the addiction comes back very quickly thus harder to resist.
Been off sugar since March 2002. I have never cheated, not once. The trick for me was giving it up for good with no exceptions. No birthday cake or holiday treats. After the first month it became pretty easy. Tempted occasionally. After a few months the desire was gone. Never tempted.
I was raised on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with milk. Later in life switched to sugar laden cereals. I was one hyper spun out kid. As an adult my addiction continued with sugary coffee and protein powders. There was always a strong feeling of need for that fix. My strength waned and my recovery from exercise was nearly non existant. I used to be so fixated on sugar and not even know it. It was the ultimate comfort food. Now i find myself getting just about as excited about eating meat and fat. I hope this continues!
The only way I can prevent myself from eating sugar is to literally think of it as a dangerous drug, and label my behaviors as those of an addict. One day at a time! Look into compulsive- or over-eaters anonymous, they have solid advice and a nice support group. Maybe look up addiction psychology too. It was a real eye opener. Good luck!