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How do you know you have a sugar addiction? Try and give it up (and then you'll know)! That is how I discovered I was addicted to sugar. I remember feeling that it would be impossible to give it up, as I loved sweet things – I couldn’t get through one day without my sugar fix, such was my craving and my need.

The problem with sugar is that it is so easily available and is found in everything from bread, dairy, ketchup and coleslaw to orange juice – all processed food and ready meals contain high amounts of hidden sugar. Sugar is so deeply entrenched in our food chain that we may not realise how dependent we are on sugar, or indeed that we are addicted, or be aware of the huge amounts of sugar we consume on a daily/weekly basis.

Sugar plays a huge part in our social life making it harder to resist temptation. Everywhere we go, it is there waiting for us, tempting us, seducing us with its ‘artificial sweetness’, with the promise of making us feel better . . . it is this false promise that leads us to indulge every time, especially when we are feeling tired, overwhelmed and/or upset and in the full array of emotions we humans can succumb to daily – with sugar being a sweet respite and/or reward.

Thus, it is our emotions, our moods, and states of exhaustion that fuel higher consumption of this 'drug'.

Sugar: harming and damaging

  • Is sugar harmful to our sensitive bodies?
  • And do we ever stop to question why we need so much of it?

Is it possible that our relationship and dependency on sugar (or any drug) is a reflection on the relationship with ourselves – the emotional states we get ourselves into and the exhaustion we feel – which produces the ‘need’ and then becomes a vicious circle of a continuous drip feed of sugar . . . until we break the chain?

Perhaps, and in order to arrest our emotional states which have become our normal, it is time to put the spotlight on how we are living – how we are treating (and harming) our bodies – for as we do, we allow ourselves the grace of honesty which can and does break the chain.

In my case, I would still be consuming heaps of sugar had I not had a wake-up call in the form of breast cancer, which brought me to a big stop where I took the time to reassess my life and the choices I had made to arrive there. It was also the motivation for me to put the spotlight on what I was putting into my body: the spotlight went immediately on my sugar consumption.

In this big stop, I changed so much, albeit with baby steps, but the most significant change I made was to start to listen to my body. How does one make that change after years of not listening and ignoring one’s body? It comes back to honesty with oneself, which supported me to:

. . . feel what was true for me and to trust all I was feeling. And what I could feel was that sugar had to go.

I became less emotional and became more steady and confident within myself as the sugar poison left my body, which supported me to feel more from within. I was no longer in the ‘trying’ and the ‘always doing more’ mode, my life slowed down, and I actually discovered how healing it was to give my body all the rest and sleep it asked for. This did not happen overnight and took time but was well worth the improved health and increased awareness.

Preparation

Giving up sugar was a preparation for so much more to come that I could not envisage at that time. What I have come to understand through the teachings of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, is that when we make a different choice for our wellbeing and health, we open up to many other possibilities for change.

Giving up sugar was one step, with many more to follow, as my momentum gathered of making healthier and loving choices that all stemmed from listening, trusting and honouring my body and all I was feeling.

The extra weight I carried from indulging in all things sweet dropped off, not because I went on a diet, but because I made a different choice to only eat food that nourished my body. Sugar did not nourish and had to go, and as a result my body reconfigured to its perfect weight and shape.

Giving up sugar; from the impossible to the possible – it can be done, as we begin to love our own natural sweetness and graceful beauty.

If we take a look at the soaring rates of illness and disease all over the world, there is no question that the time is now to take sugar addiction seriously.

The spotlight is on sugar, at long last

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