The last Paleo challenge for me lasted 8 weeks and ended with great results. Since the challenge a startling revelation has come to surface, one that I don’t take lightly. In fact, I’m pretty angry about it if I’m being honest. Why can’t I lose weight?
Let’s look at the usual suspects
- portion control
- older age
- metabolism changes
- hormonal changes
- lack of exercise
- increase stress
- #1 What are you eating and drinking?
In the last 5 years I have investigated and tackled every one of these suspects. The most consistent answer for me, is sugar addiction. I’m finding it hard to turn this addiction over to my higher power with hopes that there will be a resolution. I don’t have any answers, I just know that this exists for me.
There is a movie coming out called Fed Up. I’m not promoting the movie nor did I need to watch the trailer to understand what’s going on. My experience has been looking at my own habits and the items in my house. What I saw that made the most sense to me was this image. I’m not debating the validity of the image., true or not, it resonated with me after coming off of the Paleo challenge.
Honestly it sounds a little silly to me, “Hi, my name is Pam and I’m a sugar addict.” It’s legal, it tastes good and it’s listed in so many ingredients.
Put everything that has added sugar in it on your kitchen table and take a picture of it and tag me! @PamelaMKramer What’s left in your pantry, cabinets and refrigerator now?
Think of this in terms of Jeff Foxworthy’s tongue and cheek, “you might be a redneck if…” I’m trying to keep this light hearted because delving into the reality that this is a problem for me is just stupid. Addictions don’t follow logic! Here to help you are some signs you might be a sugar addict.
You might be a sugar addict if…
- You’ve gone through several challenges (in my case Paleo) and could restrict your sugar intake for a period of time, but as soon as the challenge ended that sugar made it’s way back into your everyday food and drink within a week.
- Even though you have read food labels and know there is added sugar in just about everything that can be consumed you continue to eat those things any way.
- You’ve lost weight, had more energy, clothes fit better and your exercise recovery is quicker but yet you still eat foods or drinks that have sugar.
- You say you will cut out all sugar starting tomorrow, but when tomorrow comes you don’t.
- You have detoxed your body and gone through the headaches, vomiting, zero energy and foggy brain with the full knowledge that this is what detox feels like but you consume sugar anyway.
- You get some emotional comfort from it even though you might have experienced any of the above.
- You are constantly working on weight loss because added sugar is in everything you are consuming and you know it. You are just bound and determine that your going to be that special person who can still have your cake and eat it too.
- You justify the cost of eating poorly. Whole natural foods are costly and that bag of Oreo’s is cheaper than two or three apples.
- Introducing that sugar back into your diet made you sick but you’re still consuming it anyway.
- You blame the other people living in your house for the sugar that keeps coming in. For example: my kids need a snack that’s why there are two gallons of ice cream in the freezer.
- You use the holidays as a free for all! Those kids can’t eat all that Valentine’s, Easter, Birthday, Halloween, Christmas candy themselves. Let’s not forget all the parties!
The list could go on and on. My goal is to acknowledge that this is real for me. There isn’t one thing on this list I haven’t done myself. Maybe one day I will have more answers on how to…
live with sugar?
portion control my sugar?
I’m not sure. My hope is that I’m not the only one out there with this problem or is aware of it and struggling. I’m way too old to say to myself “that donut is yuk!” Seriously, let’s keep it real, I know better. I don’t have diabetes or high cholesterol. I’m healthy, fit and am in better shape now than I was when I was in my 20’s. What I don’t like is that feeling of needing and wanting it! Ugh…. addictions aren’t logical.
I’m all for suggestions, please leave them in the comments. What say you?