The Sugar Monster
Last Saturday, 23 Feb 2013 I did something I have never done before. I gave up sugar.
Hanumate, one of our teachers and healers gave me some books by David Gillespie, called Sweet Poison, Big Fat Lies and the Sweet Poison Quit Plan. When I got them I have to say I didn’t want to open them. I felt tremendous resistance to finding out what the books had to say, even though Hanumate whom I trust and respect, said that they were life changing, must read books.
Instinctively I knew that was true. And yet crazily enough, I had to have some chocolate before I could even open one of them. And then what I read was confronting, alarming, and felt totally true. I experienced mild panic, fear and broke out into a sweat. I knew something had just cracked inside myself.
David the author is a lawyer who had an obesity problem. As a father of four who had just found out his wife was about to have twins, he was freaking out about how he would have the energy to work, and be a dad with not one new baby but two. He knew he had to do something. Like me he had tried just about every diet known to man, which had worked for a few months, caused weight loss but that this weight loss was quickly regained and exceeded after about a year.
He started to do research, like a good lawyer, and had to educate himself about a lot of medical terminology to do so. Lawyers often have to learn a lot about a particular industry or situation in order to represent their clients. This was no different, but a lot more personal.
Here is my short synopsis of what he found:
1. Sugar is addictive and most people in the west are addicted to sugar, even if they don’t think that they are. He has 4 simple questions the answer yes to any of them indicates addiction.
2. Sugar is comprised of equal parts glucose and fructose. Glucose converts to energy in our body. Fructose converts to fat, particularly around our abdominal area and vital organs. This is the dangerous sugar.
3. The body cannot detect fructose, and fructose turns off the body’s natural appetite control system. It interferes with the body’s weight thermostat and jams us on ‘half hungry’ permanently, even if our stomachs are full.
4. Contrary to prevailing medical advice, there are many studies done over a long period of time that show eating full fats in moderation is not harmful, but that eating fructose is deadly. Fructose is a slow poison unless consumed in its natural state, covered in fibre in a thing called a piece of fresh fruit.
5. Our bodies are designed to cope with small amounts of super sweet natural food called fruit, in small quantities in a seasonal pattern of availability, so in limited supply. Our bodies are not adapted to deal with mainlining fructose in the form of fruit juices, or as a significant ingredient in just about every kind of packaged food on the market.
6. The long term effects of sugarholism is more deadly than any other addiction and if one is an addict, the best solution is not to cut down but to eliminate it. Actually, elimination is easier than moderation for an addict and is the only way to freedom.
7. People who have eliminated fructose (other than naturally occurring in 2 pieces max of fruit per day), but continued to eat everything else, have naturally lost weight just by the elimination of fructose in their diets. While ever they stay off fructose the weight never returns no matter what they eat.
8. After a while our taste buds adapt, and things that used to be so sweet and appealing now taste disgusting and we don’t even want them.
9. There is freedom available for someone who has battled weight all their life. It just involves giving up fructose.
Anyway it sounded like truth to me and I am doing it.
Last Monday Shiva and I went through our pantry and tossed out every single thing that had more than 5% sugar. Most of the contents of our pantry were given to others, including tomato sauce, bbq sauce, balsamic vinegar, most salad dressings, dried fruits and all sweet foods. It took us about 90 minutes to read and toss. The energy in the kitchen changed really dramatically, I was shocked at how liberating and expansive, soft and nurturing the energy in the kitchen became. And all the while I had unconsciously been using sugar as a form of self-nurturing!
What a lie! The sugar elementals had been keeping me in a state of perpetual desire for sugar. If I did not have it, then I felt that life was lacking, and incomplete. That my happiness would be much enhanced by eating something sweet. I have had this all my life, but mostly have been unconscious of it.
David says that after the addiction has cleared, a bit like giving up smoking, the feeling of only being satisfied when we have eaten something sweet disappears. We just feel good pretty much all the time!
So here I am on day nine writing this. Day 3 felt like detox day, I had a mild headache and a thick head all day. But I also felt empowered, and that I would use my spiritual tools to get through this uncomfortable period.
I am committed to expanding my consciousness, and this was an area of avidya or ignorance inside of me that I have never to date been able to address. It has been my lifelong growing edge battling weight. I will keep you posted and ask that you pray for Shiva and I, we are doing this together, that we can be stable and liberated from sugar for good.
Namaste Shakti Durga