Freedom from Carbohydrate and Sugar Addiction
By Ann Boroch
Carbohydrate and sugar addiction – a very real threat to your body’s well being.
When we hear the word addiction what first comes to mind is alcohol and drugs. Carbohydrate and sugar addiction is just as real and rampant but without the stigmas. Cravings for sugar and carbohydrates are two-fold. One your brain wants to feel pleasure, and two; candida wants its next meal.
I know this addiction well because I was a sugar addict until I was 18. I remember as a child waking up and going straight to the kitchen excited to eat sugared cereals, donuts, pop tarts, French toast, or pancakes. I distinctly remember eating a sugar sweetened cereal and adding more white sugar. My favorite part of the meal was scooping up the white sugar that was left at the bottom of the bowl. Throughout the day I would have cookies, pastries, sodas, candy, and always desserts after lunch and dinner. By teenage years sugar had a hold of me not only chemically but also emotionally. I started to binge eat and became bulimic. What made it even worse was that I physically couldn’t vomit…I tried each time without success, which brought on more self-hatred because I continued to gain weight. It was a painful destructive cycle because emotionally I felt helpless, and chemically, candida imbalances were driving me to eat more sugar.
SIGNS OF CARB/SUGAR ADDICTION:
· Obsessive thinking about food and meals
· Eating large amounts when not physically hungry
· Have to eat something sweet after each meal
· Closet eating – not wanting others to see how much or what you are consuming
· Feeling self-hatred, guilty, depressed, anxious, or disgusted after eating certain foods
· Binge eating
· Unable to stop eating sugar even though you know it is unhealthy
Sugar triggers the brain’s pleasure and reward centers. These areas of the brain are responsible for the release of the neurotransmitter called dopamine, which is connected to addiction. Sugar has some effects on opioid pathways within the brain; the same system when using drugs such as heroin, cocaine, nicotine, and morphine.
Sugar also feeds candida. Candida albicans is a harmless yeast, a type of fungus, that lives naturally in everyone’s body: male, female, and child alike. In a healthy body, it lives symbiotically in a balanced environment in the gastrointestinal tract, on the mucous membranes, and on the skin. This harmless yeast can overgrow and turn into an opportunistic pathogen causing depression, anxiety, OCD, fatigue, weight gain, brain fog, autoimmune disease and more.
Having a chemical and emotional dependence on sugar makes it seem almost impossible to break the vicious cycle. Have hope…there are steps you can take to free yourself from sugar addiction.
WHAT STEPS CAN I TAKE TODAY
· Accept and acknowledge you are addicted to sugar
· Get support and give yourself permission to talk about it
· Read self-help books and realize you are not alone
· Be brave and do inner work by using modalities such as Emotional Freedom Technique, EMDR, or therapy to remove layers of psychological baggage of loneliness, feeling unloved, not good enough
· Do a candida cleanse program for 90 days
· Take a supplement to help stabilize blood sugar and craving such as Gluco abX
· Honor and love yourself on days you cheat
The key to freeing yourself from carb/sugar addiction is to become conscious enough to proclaim a desire to want to change and believe you can. Next, uphold your choice with actions and tenacity to see it through.
Ann Boroch, CNC, healed herself of multiple sclerosis and has been symptom free for 22 years. She is a graduate of the International Society of Naturopathy, the American Association of Nutritional Consultants, the Holmes Center for Hypnotherapy, and Bernard Jensen’s International Iridology Practitioners Association. She is the author of Healing Multiple Sclerosis, The Candida Cure, and The Candida Cure Cookbook. Ann can be reached at www.annboroch.com