What are the signs you may be addicted to sugar? Read on to see how many of these scenarios apply to you….
Sugar is a Large Part of Your Diet
You only eat dinner to get to dessert. Sometimes, dessert actually is your entire dinner.
At a buffet, you take your dessert at the same time as the main course because you are scared that it may be gone by the time you return.
You still think of sugar as a special treat – even though you need a treat every few hours.
You Are Ruled by Your Cravings
You can usually set your watch by your sugar cravings….
But sometimes a craving just pounces on you unexpectedly.
Any attempt to ignore the cravings is rewarded with cravings so powerful that they hijack your brain and it is impossible to focus on anything else.
When the cravings hit…
You buy the smallest bar of chocolate because you know you would eat the biggest bar just as fast…
You buy the biggest bar of chocolate because you know you will be back in half an hour if you just buy the small one…
You buy multiple bars of chocolate – one to eat right now at the checkout, one to eat at home, and one to eat when you are on your way back to the store in a few hours to buy more…
Sugar is sweet, but you are not….
You buy things that you can’t easily share with friends….
If you can share them, you wait until you’re on your own before getting them out.
You confiscate sweets from children – and then you eat them.
When you are at a social event, you can’t hear the speeches over the voice in your head willing them to cut the cake.
You are happy to share dessert in a restaurant – but only because you have mastered the art of eating as much of it as possible whilst trying to look like you are giving away the largest share.
There is no sweet food in your house because you would just keep eating until it was gone or….
There are catering packs of your favourite treats in case you run out.
In a food crisis you would bypass the tinned goods to make sure that you had enough sugar to see you through.
You ‘straighten off’ the edges of desserts until there are no edges left.
When you try to quit….
You go for a Blowout Day and buy all your favourite treats because after tomorrow you know you will never eat them again….
Within minutes of quitting you are eating honey fruit cereal bars….
Within hours you are on diet bars, protein bars or something organic….
You then go for another Blowout and buy all your favourite treats because after tomorrow you know will never eat them again.
You Worry About The Amount of Sugar that You Eat….
But get angry or upset if anyone else suggests you cut back.
All your birthday cards have pictures of cakes on them.
Your friends buy you witty gifts referring to you as a ‘chocoholic’.
Sugar makes you feel bad….
Despite struggling with nausea after eating a cake that was bigger than your head, you know that in a couple of hours you will be back for more.
When you eat sugar you know you are more anxious and irritable. Eating sugar makes you feel a bit edgy.
When you don’t eat sugar you know you are more anxious and irritable. Not eating sugar makes you feel a bit edgy.
You are Tired All The Time… You don’t sleep well.
You have palpitations sometimes or feel panicky. You find it difficult to concentrate. You feel frazzled, unfocused, forgetful.
You want to get off the Sugar Rollercoaster.