Have you ever wanted to stop eating a food containing sugar, but you just couldn’t?
Is one never enough?
Do you have to have that sugar in your morning coffee along with a muffin, or must you always have a Coke?
If you have ever wondered if you are addicted to sugar, below you will find 10 simple questions that will determine if you are.
I myself, have never been a big drinker. I don’t actually care if I were to ever have another drink again, however I used to say “I’d rather eat my sweets than drink anytime. Alcohol could be wiped off the face of the Earth, but don’t take away my cheesecake or chocolate!”
Update 2013: Note the date on this article, 3/21/2007. This is an old article that I wrote 6 years ago. At that time I had the thought that I had a sugar addiction and today it’s not true. Fact: 90% of your problems with food and your weight are due to your Mindset. Only 10% of your weight problems are about how you eat and exercise.
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I thought that was fine, that I was better than someone who was addicted to alcohol or drugs, all that I was doing was eating, right? In actuality, the way that sugar effects the body has more in common with alcohol and drugs than you may think (more on that in future posts).
Following are ten questions you can ask yourself to determine whether or not you are indeed, addicted to sugar. The questions in bold are from the book “The Sugar Addict’s Total Recovery Program“, by Dr. Kathleen DesMaisons. The comments underneath each question are my examples:
1. If you don’t get your regular dose of sugar, are you irritable and cranky?
Have you ever taken a long flight and realized you didn’t have the bag of sweets that you thought you had packed? Did you start counting the minutes until the beverage cart came down the aisle so you could get a sugar sweet soda (and whatever else they had)? Have you ever been short tempered with a loved one because you were overdue for your afternoon tea and cookies?
2. Have you ever tried to cut down or control your use of sweet foods?
Are you able to eat just one? If you buy a package of cookies, how long do they last? Have you ever tried to ration out your sugar filled foods, saying that you would only eat one a day, or one per meal, but that one always turns into two, three, four…?
3. Are you using more sweet foods than ever before?
Where before you would buy the regular sized bag of chocolates at the drugstore, do you now seek out the bulk size at the warehouse store? When you are shopping in the mall for business clothes, do you have one eye on the lookout for a sweet and/or gourmet coffee shop?
4. Have you ever lied about how much sweet food you eat?
Do you ever buy sugar filled food (remember, sugar is in fast food, bread, salad dressing, regular soda, and most processed foods in general) and eat it, throwing out the container before anyone else knows about it? Have you ever eaten your children’s Halloween candy and when they ask where the extra went you say that you had to go through it again and throw out any pieces that appeared unsafe?
5. Have you ever gone out of your way to get something sweet?
Have you ever been on the way to an appointment and gone to a drive through, just making it to the appointment with no time to spare? Have you ever been settled in at home and gone out to a 24-hour grocery store late at night just to get a fix of your favorite ice cream?
6. Have you ever gotten upset when someone ate your special food?
Have you ever come home after a long day at work only to find that your favorite food (that you were looking forward to eating all day) is gone, because one of your family members ate it? Did you do your best to seem unaffected while on the inside you were furious and frustrated (and anxiously thinking about what else there was to eat)?
7. Have you ever felt that you had a sugar hangover?
Have you ever binged on your favorite sweets at night, gone to bed because they made you so sleepy, and woken up stumbling about as if you had been out drinking? Was your fuzzy head or a headache immediately relieved as soon as you ate your bagel and jelly?
8. Have you ever binged on sweet or white flour foods?
Have you ever baked Christmas cookies for a family gathering and ended up eating so many that you had to bake an entire new batch? Have you ever bought a box of chocolates for a gift and bought an extra one for you, only to eat the whole box in one sitting?
9. Is it impossible to “just say no” to sweet foods?
Can you turn down sweets at parties and focus on socializing instead? Are you able to keep sugar filled foods in the house without eating them? If there is a “food day” at work, can you opt out, or are you compelled to eat whatever is there?
10. Is sugar controlling your life?
Does your life revolve around where your next sugar fix is coming from? Are you moody, anxious, and irritable based on how much sugar you either have had or haven’t had? Would you be embarrassed if anyone else knew how you answered these questions?
“If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, you are probably a sugar addict. If you answered yes to all of the questions, then yes, you are a sugar addict.” So what do you do now? Does this mean that all is lost because we must live to eat, therefore this issue could simply be too difficult to resolve? No, this is only the first step. If you are addicted to sugar, you are now aware of it. All change begins with awareness.
I will be going into further detail in future articles on the topic of sugar, and how I live sugar-free without feeling deprived (yes, it really is possible!). This is coming from someone who is an excellent baker, has always loved sweets, and now does not eat them. Although I do believe in miracles, I don’t know that I will ever be able to eat sugar in moderation. It is fine for me for the most part (sometimes I do wish I could eat it, however not often anymore), because I always felt horrible physically when I was on it.
Know that if you are addicted to sugar, you are not alone. There are more people on Earth that are addicted to it than are not, they simply are not aware of it. The human body was not made to ingest refined sugar, and especially not in the quantities that are currently being consumed in society.
If you would like to learn more you can find Dr. DesMaison’s book on Amazon, in which she also includes a food recovery plan to get off of both sugar and flour. I have not followed this plan myself but you can read more about her thoughts in her book.
If you would like to share the results of your quiz, go ahead and leave a comment!