Do you use sugar to calm down when you feel stressed?
For many of us, using sugar as a pacifier to calm negative emotions stretches back to childhood.
Sugar was not only my reward for good behavior as a child, but it comforted my loneliness.
When my mother left me with the sitter to go to work, she would often give me “candy money” so that I could go to the corner store.
Being a child, I did not know how to process feelings of loneliness.
But I had the candy. The candy made me feel better.
As an adult, I know now why the candy made me feel better.
Dr. Elliot Blass of Cornell University once did a study of newborn babies and their reaction to sugar.
When sugar water was given to them, their crying times decreased from 40 percent to 3 percent.
It turns out that sugar hijacks pain-killing receptors in our brains via the Dopamine Reward Pathway (DRP).
The scary thing is that drugs like morphine and cocaine use the same pathway!
Even though we know as adults that an addiction to sugar is making us gain weight and ruining our health, we still find ourselves running back to the same childhood coping methods.
But I’m here to tell you that freedom is possible.
To overcome, you must:
- Identify your unique sugar practice pattern
- Eat foods that re-balance your brain
- Learn how to manage your emotions in health-building ways
In Jeremiah 33:6 the Lord promises:
Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.”
With small steps, you’ll learn to find stress relief and fulfillment in better ways.
You can do this!
With God’s help, I no longer eat my feelings using sugar, refined carbohydrates, and junk foods.
So many of our mood swings and depression occurs because the enemy takes advantage of biochemical imbalances in our brains.
However, when we eat to maintain emotional stability, we can shut that door in the enemy’s face!
That leaves us free to trust God with our emotions. In that way, we can finally start living the abundant life Jesus came to give us.
Be blessed in health, healing and wholeness,
Author of the Take Back Your Temple program
P.S. Do you struggle with eating too much sugar? If so, you are not alone!
Overcoming sugar addiction was a key factor on my journey to losing 85 pounds and dropping from a size 22 to a size 8.
In our 14-day Sugar Detox Challenge (inside the the Take Back Your Temple program), you’ll get the same success strategies and support to gain peace in your eating habits and achieve lasting weight loss success.