Sugar addiction is very common and is the cause of many health problems including weight issues, diabetes, cancer, stroke, infertility, tooth decay, fuzzy brain, ADD, inertia, depression, energy swings, candida, guts problems….The consequences of sugar addiction an be life-threatening and impact on lifestyle. The most obvious sign is being overweight but sugar addiction also alters behaviour. Many children suffereing of ADD have too much sugar in their diet. Like with all addictive problems, sugar addicts may be in denial, and sometimes need to face a real threatening health issue before making a determined decision to recover and start a new life.
ARE YOU ADDICTED TO SUGAR?
-Do you ever need sugar as a pick-me-up? Perhaps a sweet snack/chocolate/cookie with your mid-morning tea or coffee? Something sweet after a meal? A dried fruit bar or sugary smoothy after your exercise?
-Do you struggle to walk past a sweet treat without taking just one?
-Do you buy treats knowing that you should not?
-Are your favourite foods sweet rather than savoury?
-If you have a whole day without sweet, do you suffer mood swings, headaches or low energy?
If you answered yes to just one of the questions, you are addicted to sugar.
FIND THE CAUSE: An addiction is an uncontrollable, compulsive behaviour, despite the health and social consequences. There are many reasons to develop sugar addiction. A common one is a substance called fructose that is hidden by the food industry in the food supply and has been fed to you for years. You might have a yeast or candida infection. Candida nourishes itself on sugar. It is also useful to look at the emotional causes behind the need for sweetness. Unresolved childhood’s issues, fear of abandonment, need to attract attention, a constant craving for love and approval, feeling not good enough, depression and anxiety can be an underlying cause of the addiction.
THE ONLY WAY OUT?
1/ADMIT YOU HAVE A PROBLEM
2/DECIDE YOU WANT CHANGE
4/ASSESS THE CAUSE
5/DO A SUGAR DETOX (You have to stop completely sugar for at least 1 or 2 months. If you continue to use it in moderation, the cycle will start again and you will crave the dopamine-feel good response to sugar.)
6/IMPLEMENT NEW HEALTHY HABITS (learn to make healthy snack, clean your pantry of food containing sugar, work on changing your emotions, ….)
REIKI HELPS HEALING ADDICTIONS
The Usui System of Reiki is very afficient way of helping people who wishes to recover from addiction. A reiki treatment infuses a feeling of peace and allow people to let go of stress and anxiety instantly. Reiki also brings to light whatever emotions are being suppressed by the addiction. During a Reiki Session a client might experience emotional release and it is a perfect time to reprogram the mind by focusing on developping positive emotions. Regular Reiki treatments will be necessary during the time or sugar withdrawal, they will help the client to feel supported and to have a place where it is ok to express emotions and difficulties. I advise clients who have any addiction or ongoing health issue to learn Reiki. Reiki Level 1 is a very empowering journey, people feel responsible for their health and can give themselves a daily treatment.