I’ve recently decided to keep an eye on my sugar consumption.
When I first started recovering from bulimia, I had to pay attention at what I ate, as some foods could trigger a relapse very easily. But on top of giving up my bulimic patterns, it was obvious that I had to resolve a huge sugar addiction.
As you could guess, “comfort” foods (or binge foods) contain LOTS of sugar. And as sugar enters very quickly your bloodstream, it’s very likely that binge eaters or bulimics are strongly addicted to sugar… BUT many ‘normal eaters’ are actually also addicted to sugar without realising it.
You can recognise a sugar addiction by checking if you need or crave something sweet (fruits & dark chocolate included) after meals or in the afternoon, even if you are not particularly hungry.
Even tough I am not consuming refined sugars or processed foods anymore, I am obviously eating natural sugars (most of us are). Natural sugars can actually have the same addictive effect if you tend to indulge a bit too much.
And guess what?
This was my case when I first stop binging!
As I regained confidence with food, I tended to overindulge with all sorts of natural sweetness: fresh & dried fruits, some breads, ‘healthy’ raw homemade treats full of dates, honey or bananas.
Finally, I recently noticed an increase in my need to reach for carbs or healthy treats after lunch or dinner. At first, I was panicking “is my bulimia coming back?“, “how come I can’t control my cravings?“…
It took me a few days before realising that it wasn’t my bulimia which was coming back, but my sugar addiction.
So I stopped eating healthy desserts and adding fresh & dried fruits to everything. After a few days, I finally started to feel much better. My digestion is now better and I don’t have these horrible daily sweet cravings anymore.
Adding more protein into your diet can actually help getting rid of your sugar cravings. This was absolutely my case and helped me A LOT!
If you think you might have a sugar addiction and would like to get rid of it to regain freedom over food and live a healthier, happier life, feel free to contact me. I will guide you to the right help and resources regarding your needs.
You can also find more details about How To Stop Binge Eating here, which will definitely help to get rid of your sugar addiction as well!
Have you ever experienced any sugar addiction? How did you managed to get rid of them?
Or maybe you are still struggling and would love to share your insights, tips or experience? Let’s all share our thoughts and support each other