The basics of becoming sugar free are, of course, diet related. But there is an even deeper level that is necessary to produce wellness. This is why so many who have tried to “cold turkey” sugar withdrawal, without a strategy for treating their specific type of sugar addiction, have found success to be elusive.
To beat sugar addiction, you need to follow a step-by-step approach that addresses your specific sugar addiction “type” ― one that makes it easier to change from a sugar laden to a low sugar diet without sacrificing the pleasures of food and eating (this is the subject of my new book, Beat Sugar Addiction NOW!)
The 4 Types of Sugar Addiction
It is critical to know what is driving your addiction, so the first step is figuring out which type(s) of sugar addict you are. There are 4 main types. These are:
TYPE 1: Exhausted and hooked on “loan shark” energy drinks (full of caffeine and sugar)
For day-to-day fatigue that causes sugar (and caffeine) cravings, sometimes all that is needed is to improve nutrition, sleep and exercise, so that your energy will improve and you won't need sugar and caffeine for an energy boost. In my upcoming blogs, I will teach you how to turbo charge your energy in an easy and healthy way.
TYPE 2: Feed me now or I’ll kill you ― when life’s stresses have exhausted your adrenal stress handler glands
For those of you who get irritable when hungry and crash with stress, it is important to treat your adrenal exhaustion. Otherwise, telling yourself to not eat sugar while your blood sugar is crashing is like telling someone who is suffocating not to breathe.
TYPE 3: The happy Twinkie hunter
For those of you with sugar cravings caused by yeast/Candida overgrowth ― often associated with nasal congestion, chronic sinusitis or spastic colon. If you have chronic nasal congestion, sinusitis, spastic colon or irritable bowel syndrome, treating yeast overgrowth is critical.
TYPE 4: Depressed and carb-craving around your period or around menopause/andropause
In my upcoming blog posts, I will look at each type of sugar addiction individually. To make it simple, I will offer a simple quiz that will tell you what kind of sugar addict you are, and then outline a simple and organized treatment program for your type!