“I was SO addicted to sugar…” I’ll never forget the time I ate the entire container of my roommate’s frosted sugar cookies. You know, thee cheap ones that are way too white with the perfectly round circle of frosting and topped with sprinkles? I thought I’d sneak just one…or two, and before I knew it, the whole container was gone. I’ll never forget the feelings of shame and embarrassment when I fessed up that I was the one responsible for her missing cookies. Regret and humiliation lingered on with a feeling of helplessness, not to mention the gut-wrenching indigestion. I didn’t want to live like that. Yet it didn't even feel like a choice. It was compulsion of the worst kind, yet I didn’t know what caused it. Sadly, those situations were common for me—that wasn't the first container of cookies I had downed in one sitting. My grandma still reminds me of how, even as a kid, she'd catch me digging in the stash of M &M's when I'd spend time at her house. Sugar owned me. It had a stronghold over my life. I couldn’t go a day without thinking about it. Sometimes, I couldn’t go a minute. I’d drive out to the grocery store at midnight to get my fix — which usually consisted of raw cookie dough. March would roll around and I hit up McDonald's for Shamrock Shakes as often as I could, knowing they wouldn’t be around for another 11 months. I knew I was falling for the oldest marketing trick in the book, but the sugar addict in me didn’t care one bit. What most people do not realize—including myself at the time—is that sugar has the same effect on the brain as cocaine. It triggers the same reward centers as this dangerous drug, which clearly demonstrates that it’s addictive. Sugar sensitivity is real and it can be debilitating. With that in mind, it makes sense why many of us can’t stop at “just one.” Sugar takes your blood sugars on a roller coaster ride that brings you right back to the vending machine or grocery store grabbing for more. It’s a vicious cycle that I have both experienced and seen others struggle with too. The frustrating part for me was that the very eating regimen I was taught in dietitian school just fueled the fire and brought me to the unhealthiest point of my life. It wasn’t until I graduated and went on to obtain my RD credentials, that I really started digging deeper to find the truth. That’s when I found out that what I was taught in school had been making me sicker, and it wasn’t even founded on the best science in the field. I realized how many things are controlled by money—for example, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is funded by companies like Pepsi, Coca-Cola, General Mills and McDonald’s. How convenient. Upon making these discoveries, the first step for me was to start eating plenty of healthy fat—see ya never, low-fat diet! This immediately increased my brain power and awareness, helping me think more clearly. The healthy fat and key supplements that balanced my brain chemistry made my sugar cravings disappear. On top of that, my energy levels skyrocketed (consistently!) and it didn’t take long for the extra 20 pounds that had crept on, to come off for good. I never thought any of this was possible—I believed that a sugar addiction was just part of my identity, my genetics…me. I also believed that fat was making me fat. Yet those were all lies, and today I feel confident, in control and well-rested. Naturally, when I learned the truth, I felt naive, deceived, frustrated and embarrassed for all the time I’d spent spewing the information I learned in dietitian school. It’s no wonder our country is getting fatter and sicker. That’s why I embarked on a journey to share the truth and power of real food with as many people as possible. So, here’s the deal: a sugar addiction was part of my story, but it was never my destiny. “Just don’t eat it!” was never the answer. That doesn’t work. I would always give in. Today I can confidently say that I have control of my sugar addiction—and I want you to have that control too! Today I can enjoy one bite of rich, full fat ice cream and put the rest in the freezer. I can even go to a wedding and pass on the chocolate cake strategically placed at a 45 degree angle in front of me. I never in a million years would have thought I’d be able to control myself like I do today. This is NOT your destiny and you CAN overcome sugar addiction. You CAN break the chains that hold you down and prevent you from living life to the fullest. If you can relate to the feelings I shared, then you’re in the right place! My team works with clients who are struggling with, and desperate to overcome sugar addictions, through our virtual coaching program, every single day. Our thousands of clients are finally seeing the results they’ve been looking for thanks to our up-to-date science-based program. We see the tears of joy streaming from their eyes when they overcome challenges they never thought they could overcome. In coaching appointments, we take you by the hand and lead you through the process that ends in the freedom of a radically changed life. Truth moment: although overcoming sugar cravings is incredibly liberating, it’s almost always a challenging process. If your body has been running on sugar for a long time, the breakthrough process can be similar to breaking a drug addiction, including frustration, withdrawals, and even relapses. Oftentimes, people are hesitant and afraid to give up sugar because they’ve used it to medicate and numb themselves for a very long time. This is all normal. Each Healthy Simple Life dietitian coach understands these feelings, and we love to guide our clients through the entire process of overcoming them and taking back their freedom and control over their food choices. We’re here for you and we understand what you are going through. You don’t have to live like that anymore. Fill out an application today to get the individualized support you need. Most importantly, just seek help before things get any worse. Your healthy, simple life is closer than you think. Get my “Top 10 Tips to Bust Your Sugar Cravings” here!