Sugar, Sugar!: Amy Deacon on Sugar Addiction & Anxiety

I have a full blown sugar addiction.  I have for years, and I’m sure that if sugar were taken as seriously as heroin, I would have been admitted into rehab years ago.  What also makes my sugar addiction a real addiction is the SHAME.  Holy Moly.

Just to highlight the lengths I would go to in order to cover my tracks:

  1. I had a secret stash.
  2. When my husband told me he was going out, I would get SO EXCITED knowing I could binge without judgment.
  3. When hubby was out, I would BINGE beyond the point of discomfort.  My body would be in all sorts of pain.  I would even get sweats!

While over the past couple of years I’ve gotten much better at moderating my intake (which I contribute to creating an overall better relationship with food), this past weekend was no Bueno!

It was Greek Easter.  And I don’t know if it’s every Greek household or just our own, but if you are not passed out in a food coma post meal, something was wrong with the food and you’ve just insulted your host.  While I left a little early to put our babe to bed, my husband was so kind and brought me back a plate of desserts.  Which I devoured.  In one sitting.  My stomach felt off but I went to bed.  However, throughout the night, I woke up periodically in a panic.  And while it was only momentary, I felt frantic – and that really bothered me.

The more I reflected, the more I came to realize that historically speaking, there’s a pretty strong relationship between my sugar consumption and feeling anxious.  And that’s not cool.  It sounds terrible – but honestly, I can tolerate sugar messing with my body for a day or two.  But my head?  No way!  I don’t have time to knowingly invite anxiety into my life.  So I’m making a firm decision.  I’m going to go 40 days with no added, refined, processed sugars.

I don’t care to get to a place where my life is completely void of sugar; however, I don’t want it disrupting me as I allowed it to this past weekend.  And if cutting it out reduces anxiety, increases energy and makes me feel better overall – I’m down.  Wish me luck!  And if you have any tips or suggestions, send them my way 🙂


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This blog was originally published on Toronto Wellness Counselling.