My name is Kathy and I’m an addict…

 

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During the intervention, being gently told I was an addict, my first reaction was disbelief and shock. What?!

It was then followed by denial. Are you serious? Not me! I can take it or leave it!

Then came the justification with excuses. Well, I’m not as bad as some people! I don’t use like they do!

I was shown a video.

Wow. I couldn’t believe my eyes…

Blood.

The change that took place within the user’s blood just 10 minutes after using.

It looked sickly.

It looked like broken glass.

Misshapen red blood cells huddled together.

Twisted together like tiny caterpillars.

What did this do to his healthy blood cells?

Orange juice, banana, pop tart, fruity yogurt, and a soda.

SUGAR

Is it possible to be addicted to sugar?

“The jury’s still out,” Marcia Pelchat, PhD, a scientist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, a basic research institute in Philadelphia says. Scientists aren’t sure if people can become physically dependent on sugar, although some animal studies suggest that such a thing is possible, she says. “There are the same kinds of changes in brain dopamine, in these animals given intermittent access to sugar, as in drug addicts.” ~ www.webmd.com

I don’t recall if my doctor actually used the term addict or not.

However, I was having sugar cravings.

I would feel shaky and reach for a chocolate bar and the shakiness went away.

After eating sugar, I would get a burst of energy.

In the afternoon, feeling drained I would begin the cycle again.

My doctor suggested a sugar challenge.

It has not been easy!

I am not one to drink soda or eat candy, cakes, and cookies very often.

My blood sugar has always tested normal!

My triglycerides were only 118 where the preferred results were 0-149!

However, my doctor would like the level to reach 80 for optimum health.

After 2 weeks of reducing sugar and carbs in my diet my level dropped to 88.

Wow.

Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood. Your body uses them for energy.

You need some triglycerides for good health. But high triglycerides can raise your risk of heart disease and may be a sign of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome increases your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. ~ Web MD

Results?

  • sinus headaches gone
  • increased energy
  • no more falling asleep in the middle of the day
  • brain fatigue/lack of concentration gone
  • improved sleep
  • cravings gone
  • emotionally healthier
  • And best of all: Weight Loss!!

My goal was to lose 25 pounds that came on over the last several years.

3 pounds came off at the beginning of this year by reducing portion sizes.

For the last three months I had hit a plateau.

Then came the sugar challenge.

In the two weeks I have been working on this I lost 4 pounds!

It didn’t seem like much at first.

Not until my dear friend used an analogy that my mind could relate to and file away for later encouragement.

16 sticks of butter!

I lost 16 sticks of butter from my body!!

 

Four pounds of fat

Four pounds of fat

 

Just by watching my sugar intake!

Look for more to come in my Sugar Challenge series.

My worst sugar craving was for CHOCOLATE!!

What sugars do you crave?

 

12 comments to My name is Kathy and I’m an addict…

  • Danelle Kilpatrick

    YAY! Kathy! And you’ve got me convinced! =)

  • Kathy

    Thanks for your encouragement dear friend!

  • Sue Diaz

    My triglicerides are high and my doctor told me to stop eating carbs.
    What do you eat instead of sugar when you get the cravings?

    • Kathy

      Apples and oranges. Reduced portions. Half a cookie. Sandwich with one slice of bread. Hamburger with no bun. Dilute juices with water. Added ¼ water at first then ½ water. I drink water only now. I used to drink green tea with sugar. I switched to honey or agave nectar. I kept reducing the amount until I added no sweetener. I bought xylitol, a granulated sugar alcohol, but haven’t used it yet. I munch on pumpkin and sunflower seeds and almonds. As I began to eat less and less sugar/carbs, the cravings stopped. It took almost 2 weeks to get to the point where I could watch someone eat a cookie and not feel deprived. I eat more protein now, in fact at every meal. Lots of eggs! My triglycerides dropped 30 points from 118 to 88 in 2 weeks of reducing my sugar intake. I have lost 2 pounds each week for the last 3 weeks I have been doing this. It takes discipline and perseverance, but I know you can do it!!

  • Kathy

    One other thing: I try really hard to watch the sugar content on labels and only eat foods with 3 grams or less of sugar per serving. Then to only eat the amount in one serving. Sugar is hidden in most processed foods. I don’t worry about sugar content in fruits. I just limit 2 per day.

  • Wow, what a powerful video, thank you so much for sharing!

    • Kathy

      Thanks Rachel! It was Jorge’s video my doctor had shown me that changed my way of thinking about sugar! I don’t want my blood to look like that! Thanks for stopping by!

  • What I see is important is that you didn’t deprive yourself! We are all so used to store bought riches that weren’t available to our ancestors. Good for you in getting better health results. My goal has been to lose weight by eating more real ingredients instead of prepackaged items with dozens of chemicals. Last year when I weighed 170lbs I had a strict routine which allowed me to lose 25 lbs in over 4 months simply by changing my eating habits since my goal was to weigh 130lbs again. I changed careers and am a SAHM again I’ve gained almost all back but I’m trying to change that by choosing more basic ingredients in my cooking. I’ve lost a few pounds but have to rev up my goals as I feel 1lb a week is a realistic goal, but if I lose more great. It’s all about how long will you keep up the “change” realistically beyond losing the weight so that you don’t gain the weight back. Best wishes for getting healthier!

    • Kathy

      Hi Denise and thanks for visiting! You hit the nail right on the head! It is keeping the change! Exactly! It has to be a complete lifestyle change that develops over time. I couldn’t do it cold turkey. I agree that using basic real food ingredients is essential. I began losing 2 pounds a week by simply reducing sugar and trying to eliminate refined white sugar and flour. One day at a time. One meal at at time. You don’t have to see the entire staircase, just take it one step at a time. 🙂 You can do it!

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