It's an addiction.
And every time I give in, every time somebody says, “It’s alright, just have a bite,” or I tell myself, “Just have one cheat night,” it all comes rushing back like the Red Sea! The cravings. The heartburn. The bloated feeling. The head and body aches. The pounds. And it’s needless!
“Distance makes the heart grow fonder.” Yeah, I tend to build up sugar and pasta and the likes in my head – but when I give in to those desires, I find that it’s really not all that great.
The thing is, I know how to avoid it all, yet all it takes is one bite. An Addiction!
But there’s help!!! Stay tuned…
My father came into town this past weekend. He hasn’t seen me in about a year. “You look great!” he said. You see, I’m about 21 pounds lighter than I was when I started this journey. But I know that I’ve gained back almost 10 pounds of what I’d lost, which was 30 pounds!
“It’s a lifelong struggle, isn’t it?” he said. And he’s right!
You see, I told myself that I’d have a cheat day, which turned into a cheat week…then a month, with me occasionally coming up out of the water just long enough to gulp a few breaths before allowing myself to be pulled right back under those waves.
I have all the tools a girl could ever need to avoid it.
It’s an addiction.
But I’m 21 pounds lighter than I was!
So…I will trudge on! And every time I get back in the boat (so to speak) I feel so much better – and honestly, the food tastes pretty good!
Remember all those tools I said I had? This is real food…good food!
IT WILL be a lifelong struggle! And because I have the tools, all I have to do is use them!
I love how God speaks to my heart. We’ve talked before about how my faith in Jesus is part of who I am. It is interwoven throughout every part of my life. It is part of how I am going to overcome this addiction, and until now, I had really left it out! I finally began crying out to Him about this issue and low and behold, BAM! He gives me right what I needed to hear.
Each morning, I listen to American Family Radio. David Jeremiah is my favorite, but this particular morning, I was listening to Robert Jefress. His message was “God Helps Those…Who Can’t Help Themselves.” Isn’t that how I’d been feeling? I mean, I had this thing figured out, and then it whopped me over the head again. I obviously can’t help myself! But, is God really interested in this little facet of my life? I mean, I should be able to kick this habit on my own, right? WRONG! Just like any other sin, we can’t do it alone!
Here is sugar – just like sin – it’s sweet, small, seemingly harmless in small doses, and it grabs hold of you like a fish on a hook and won’t let go. It takes a fisherman to come along and pull you off of that hook. Man! Isn’t that what Jesus does for us? He is the ultimate fisher of men – but He doesn’t catch us to ensnare us – He catches us to set us free, so we can swim again!
Maybe I need Him for this too!
My favorite story in the Bible is about a Roman soldier who wanted his child healed (Mark 9). He cried out to the Lord, “Help my unbelief!” In crying out to the Lord, Jesus did help him! Jesus healed his son! He "helped" his unbelief! He wants to help us even when we can’t help ourselves. He can help me with this too! Even when I have no willpower, He can give me strength to push through!
What's In Your Tool Box?
Because addiction to sugar is a very real thing, kicking it requires an arsenal of tools. To think that you’re going to stop sugar cold turkey, on your own, and never go back is bold and admirable, but probably not realistic. Most people will have slip ups. Grandma’s going to make your favorite pie and you’re going to feel obligated to eat it – or you’re just going to want to eat it. That’s ok – but you need strategies to get you back on track – and fast!
One of the best tools you can have is accountability. I’m thankful for this blog, because for me, this is a type of accountability. As it grows, I feel a sense of pride in my ability to help others – and it helps me to help myself!
Who’s your accountability partner? Who is your support team? You can join my support team here!
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Dealing with underlying addiction
Diet Doctor has a wonderful course on quitting sugar. He has recently made the first part of this course free, and it’s well worth the watch. As with most things on his website, while you can get wonderful information for free, they do have a plethora of extras for about $9/month. You can also get a free trial if you just want to check it out. I think it’s definitely worth it. You can watch what you want and then cancel before being charged. No affiliation here - just a satisfied customer!
If you’re not prepared, you’re going to grab the closest thing. I like to prepare on Saturdays. Boil some eggs. Make a dessert for the week. Cook up pans of hamburger patties and chicken thighs. Make a couple of batches of single serve fat head pizza crusts. Make sure you have heavy cream, cheese sticks, nuts (I love macadamia), berries, and pre-cooked bacon for the week. Make a gallon of lemonade. If you have something quick to grab, you’re much more likely to grab the healthy stuff!
Stock your Pantry
Make sure you have plenty of ingredients so that you can make tasty recipes. I have one day/week set aside for a Sam's Club run. I stock up there on water, shredded cheese, precooked hamburger patties, cream cheese, cream, eggs, nuts, and berries.
Check out my “Market” tab and stock up on everything you need that might not be at your local grocery store!
What strategies have worked for you? Have you faced your addiction to sugar?
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