Addicted to sugar

Granted I'm not a health professional by any stretch of the imagination, everything I write here is because I've personally tried it, and that thing either works or does not work for me. So what might absolutely not work for me could be the shining star in you achieving your goals.

One thing that I am almost certain is not good for anyone, is sugar. I'm sure you're aware of the "I quit sugar" programme. It's joined by hundreds of books and other resources on why sugar is the worst and why we need to stop consuming it, or at the least, cut down the amount we're shovelling in to our bodies on the regular.

I am a sugar addict. I'm quite serious about this and I liken it to any other addiction. If I am craving sugar, and there is sugar around in whatever format it happens to be in, I will scoff it all. I turn to sugar when I'm having a rubbish day. When I'm tired. When I haven't eaten enough good food. Basically, sugar is my go to when I'm malnourished or starved of rest. My health coach Rebekah explained that when our needs are not being met, we look for a quick fix. For me, knowing why I reach for sugar to make me feel better really helps me to make a better decision.

I'm no angel though. Knowing why I am choosing sugar instead of a fat or a protein doesn't mean I make good choices now and that my life is perfect. Far from it. My rule to myself, is to see what alternative snacks I have around before I choose sugar. In some cases, and certainly quite recently, I've taken a cursory glance around my office kitchen or home, not felt inspired by good food, and chosen sugar.

Cheesecake seems to be my biggest weakness right now. Friday was a challenging day and a super busy one. By the time I got home, got the kids fed, bathed and into bed, I was exhausted and fully intended on the emergency cheesecake in my freezer being my salvation. 

It was, and it was delicious and aside from the immediate carb and sugar coma I get into after eating crap, it was exactly what I needed.

The thing I've been pondering though, is it bad? If we all accept that sugar isn't great for us, is it one of those things that we can put into moderation, and not become hopelessly addicted to or do we just need to avoid it completely?

Since eating a low carb, high fat diet and occasionally stepping that up to strict keto levels, I've found myself wanting sugar less and less. Chocolate, which I used to be horribly addicted to, I can pretty much leave alone. So there's that. Cheesecake though? Not a chance. I wonder what changes to my diet I need to make in order to quit cheesecake?

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