There is no doubt in my mind that I am addicted to sugar. The struggle to eat pasta, bread, potatoes, and sweets like a normal person has eluded me. I think that many more people are afflicted this way than is known.
Obesity and over-weight are accepted in today’s society. So many people do not try to get their sugar intake under control for many reasons: they have no idea how much sugar is in the foods they eat every day, they do not know what else to eat, they are ignorant of the diseases their diets are causing them, and they find the desire for these foods too hard to resist.
There is no room here to determine that white bread may as well be a donut, that low carbohydrate choices abound, and that sugar laden diets are killing us with every bite. I mostly want to mention the addiction in terms of control. Sugar foods are controlling.
I wonder how many people would use the word controlling. I can use it with authority. On any given day when not in a favorable chemical balance (read ketosis – a fat burning as opposed to carbohydrate burning metabolism) I will eat enough calories (and toxic ones) for a family.
I will eat an entire large pizza by myself, then stop off and pick up three or four candy bars-eat them and then have two bowls of cereal before bed. This will be my food intake after five p. m. to say nothing of whatever I noshed on earlier in the day.
This ridiculous situation causes guilt and shame. It’s only food. How can it drive me to waste money, burst out of my clothes, limit my mobility, and have me driving to the corner store for cheese puffs in the middle of the night.
Atkins explains the simple chemistry of the matter in his books and most of the low carbohydrate diets are based on a very simple change in the body’s chemistry to get over this need for sugar all the time. I urge people to study intelligent literature to determine the truth about sugar.
Meat, cheese, eggs, nuts, and green vegetables are the mainstay of the low carbohydrate way of eating. It is the only plan I know that works for me easily and quickly.
I am a failure at remaining true to the low carbohydrate diet for more than a few years at a time. I attest to my tranquility during those times when I am controlling what I eat, not my addiction controlling what I eat. It is so peaceful not having to live with food always in the forefront of my mind and motivations.
I had been wrongly afflicted this past winter when a well-meaning person gave me a gift of chocolates for Valentine’s Day. It was a nice gesture but the candy should have been thrown into the trash as soon as the giver wasn’t looking.
It seems that similar to an alcoholic permanently shunning a drink; to never go near the offending food(s) is the only answer to end the suffering. People will scoff at my referring to this as suffering. I know however, that if you are reading this article, there is a good chance that you know exactly what I mean.
Fortunately, I seem to have a switch that goes on when I have been too far gone. Twenty-five pounds overweight and after many attempts to cast off the offending food, I generally get back on track. It is hard though and embarrassing. Friends and relatives watch the attempts and have no idea what to serve for dinner during those times. Is she on her plan or is it still food anarchy?
I use the word anarchy because that is what it seems like to be so out of control. The people in my life go about either eating their carbohydrates in moderation or eating themselves into apathetic oblivion.
I have always been thin. Eating a low carbohydrate diet has less to do with losing weight and more to do with ceasing the drowning feeling of being controlled by food. For the record though, Kate Moss took a beating from critics when she said, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”
My experience has been that she was absolutely right.