Saturday, March 6, 2010
Any experience with "sugar addiction"?
For the most part, I don't eat a lot of sweets. I am learning more and more the effect they have on me. I'm starting to think that this effect is almost at the level of an addiction.
Today was my son's third birthday party. It was a fun day involving craziness, play, lunch, and sweets. The sweets today was a trifle I made from a train cake that didn't quite work. It had alternating layers of cake, vanilla pudding, whipped cream and peaches.
I started off with one serving - a bit generous, but basically a reasonable sized serving. Then, I went back for another. I couldn't stop thinking about it. After the party ended, I packed it up and found myself licking the spoon off. My husband then went for a nap, and once he was gone, I helped myself to another serving. I'm ashamed to admit it, but I could have eaten more. Honestly, I could have eaten much much more if I hadn't been trying so hard to exert a teeny bit of control.
In one way, I feel like it's poor self control, but on the other hand, it's more then that. I really truly feel this need for it. It's like a fix. While it's going in, it feels so good, but then I just want more. And more. And... well, you get the picture. This is the way sugary things and sweets are for me. Having a small serving doesn't make the craving go away; it increases it tenfold.
So, I googled sugar sensitivity. I googled sugar addiction. I don't know why I've ever looked this up before. I came up with tonnes and tonnes of info and I'm just starting to sift through it. I'm starting to wonder if there really is something to it after all. I'm wondering if I really am more easily set off by it. I quit drinking caffeine a few years ago because I found the effect on me was profound. One cup of coffee set me off like I had four. Could I have the same problem with sugar?
Like I said, I have a lot of information to sift through, and likely a few books to check out of the library, but I'm curious if anyone has dealt with something similar.
Do you have a problem with sugar? Is it more then a craving and similar to an addiction? What are the steps you've taken to deal with it?