🍭 Patients are usually in shock when I share this about myself // I had an addiction... to sugar. Through the years and into the early years of practice, it wouldn’t be uncommon for me to drive home from the office and make a quick stop to pick up a warm chocolate chip cookie🍪 , a bag of M&M’s, a donut 🍩 ...whatever to fulfill that feeling I needed! I’d be the one eating all the desserts at the party. Every time I went to the grocery store (often because the house didn’t have any sweets) I’d make sure I got a treat.
Since then, I’ve made huge strides in my own health to defeat this, and sometimes it’s a struggle, but overall my life has changed drastically since I changed my relationship with sugar.
Looking back, it makes sense. I had a “sugar story” that I created from my childhood, that had been supported by the society and culture I live(d) in.
What’s a “sugar story?” Growing up I heard things like, 🗯 “I had a rough day. I deserve a treat.” “I had a great day!! Let’s go get ice cream!”
“If you finish your dinner, you get dessert.” “If you’re good at the doctors office, they’ll give you a sucker.”
Societally, sugar was always there at school, camp, holidays, friends houses, commercials.
Sugar was a staple in the household. We always had ice cream, little Debbie cakes, cookies, sugary “cereals.” And it was treated as a reward or pick-me-up. I often see this with my patients. And this is why it can be so difficult to cut the sugar. It gets deep. And often times we pass on our own stories to those around us. We have those stories we subconsciously tell ourselves; and with the chemical changes sugar actually has on our brains, it’s a double whammy!
Through self-care, healing, emotional release techniques, detoxes, lifestyle changes, nutrition and education, I’ve been able to transform my health in which I’m grateful for. It allows me to help those seeking the same.
Do you have a “sugar story?” Where do you see it show up in your life?