I stumbled across this book when searching for websites on the topic of wellness, and a maze of Google searches took me to the Radiant Recovery website, where I found the home of the books author Kathleen DesMaisons.
ARE YOU A SUGAR JUNKIE?
That was the opening salvo fired into my brain and I must admit it stung a bit. I believe that I am making headway down the rocky road of discovery. I am learning to see the illusion of life and this allows me to peek behind the curtain to cast an envious glance on the real world. I am also starting to love myself more than I have ever done in the past – if I ever indeed did. Under normal circumstances I would never entertain the possibility that I could be addicted to sugar. Eating cake and ice cream falls into the category of ‘its just normal life,’ the Grand Canyon that contains all of the excuses in the world that allows you to maintain the status quo. But today, when I see those words, they flash at me like a bright neon sign.
YES, I AM A SUGAR JUNKIE
Most of us are forced into sugar addiction from the very hand that feeds us. It’s everywhere that you look, and everywhere that you don’t. It’s in your face and it’s also hidden from your glare. We are programmed like machines to link sugar with reward. When we are a ‘good little boy’ we are given some chocolate. When we eat all of our dinner, we can have some desert. So my addiction to sugar started like all of the other mindless machines that roam the earth. It was inevitable, and I had little or no choice.
The turning point for me came when I stopped drinking alcohol, something that is covered extensively in the book. Prior to my abstination I wasn’t consuming large volumes of chocolates, ice cream or deserts. I was a ‘take them or leave them’ type of guy. But once I stopped drinking I waded into a sugar-fest that would of turned an Oompa-Loompa green. It took me three-years, and this Kathleen DesMaisons, to help me link the decision to abstain from alcohol with the increase in sugar intake.
Potatoes not Prozac was the first book I had read that gave you a scientific explanation behind the cravings associated with sugar. Now, I am not here to argue against the merits of science. After all, I received a ‘D’ GCSE grade in a subject that only interested me when I was setting fire to people’s clothes with my Bunsen burner. But I believe understanding the science alone can be a dangerous thing for an addict. There needs to be something more if you are going to be successful in your attempt to make sustainable change in your life. It’s all about choice. It’s all about making a decision to think and act differently.
The book is a seven-step programme designed to help you rid yourself from the grip that sugar has over your body. You can’t knock DesMaisons because her methods have undoubtedly helped a lot of people who must have thought they were cursed. But her methods are not to my own personal liking. There is a quote in the book where DesMaisons herself says that she can’t walk into a doughnut shop because of the beautiful smell, this despite being sugar free for years. This smacks of a life of lack, and this is no place for me. I don’t want to be feeling a sense of lack in my life. I prefer the one-step programme. Understand that sugar offers you zero benefits, and instead just destroys lives, and that’s all you need to focus on.
I do recommend buying this book, especially if you are starting to sense that there is something not quite right in our world of forced marketing and yellow and red fast food restaurants. I do believe DesMaisons can really help you change your life. But don’t get too wrapped up in the science. It enables you to reach for that excuse whenever you need it. After all it’s not your fault you are like this right?
Fat Chance by Robert Lustig is a better book, because it is harder-hitting. It makes you hate sugar and what it does to people, whereas DesMaisons doesn’t cut that deep. If you want to win the war against sugar then you need to want to smash its head in with a meat cleaver. Lustig hands you his weapon from his red right hand.
Out of interest, since reading both books I have become sugar free. I don’t have cravings – never have – and I have had no withdrawal symptoms at all. I understand that eating a piece of cake is no different to licking the outside of the house than Hansel and Gretel found in the woods. Everything in moderation you say? Well Hansel ended up in the oven remember.
Keep the science at arms length. Understand it, but don’t allow it to rule your decision making process. Instead, just learn to see the damage that sugar does and after a while you will be wondering why you ever ate cake in the first place.
If you have a sugar dependency or need help with a food habit that is out of control, then why not try my six-week habit change programme called Lean Life? Interested? Then e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org