Why I Thought I Was Addicted To Sugar
I have a confession. I thought I was a sugar addict, as a teenager, throughout my 20’s and into my early 30’s. I used to buy these 20-pound boxes of slightly healthier M&M’s, a brand name called SunSpire that the health food store would order for me, and I’d eat a handful of them by noon. But the handful of M&M’s weren’t enough, so I’d eat a second handful, and a third.
Then, I’d think about the M&M’s the rest of the day, anytime I didn’t actually have them in my pocket and wasn’t eating them. I wish I was done with this confession, but I’m not not. There’s more.
When I got very sick from a pharmaceutical injury when I was 28, I didn’t have any energy, and I’d sleep for 3 hours a day, every day from 3-6 pm. But before I went into my coma-nap, I’d get out this box of chocolate frosting-covered chocolate donuts I kept under my bed, and I’d eat three of them. Right, so I ate three donuts a day. You can imagine how much shame I felt about all of that.
And then there’s what it did to my weight. And probably I wouldn’t be telling you any of this, I’d just still be in that sick cycle if I was even still alive, except that I haven’t eaten a donut in decades, nor M&M’s for that matter, and I want to tell you why.
It's not because I suddenly developed some willpower, or I took an empowerment course. What I’ve discovered is that I wasn’t even a sugar addict at all. I don’t even think about sugar now, and I don’t eat it, hardly ever.
If I do, I’m good with a couple bites of a dessert in a restaurant, after dinner, maybe a couple times a month. The thing is, it’s not YOU that is the sugar addict. You have this yeast in your body called candida albicans.
It's Not You, It's The Candida
We all have it. It’s normal to have candida in your body. We all co-exist with it every day, and it might even have some positive functions in the body. The problem is when it starts growing out of control. So, I wouldn’t know this had I not SOLVED the yeast problem. And it happened pretty accidentally.
I wanted to get well, from a pharma injury I suffered when I was 28 years old, and I did a detox hoping to get my energy back and my weight back to normal. I was really just wanting to feel better; I didn’t want to sleep 14 to 15 hours a day, like I did for years.
Honestly I would go into the mother’s lounge at work, and turn the light off and fall asleep on the couch, and wake up two hours later, almost every day. My boss was a guy, so of course he was unlikely to find out that I slept 2 hours during every work day in the women’s bathroom. Somehow I got my work done; somehow I didn’t get fired.
But as I detoxed my body to lose weight and feel better and not be chronically exhausted, another weird thing happened that I wasn’t expecting. I quit craving sugar. I don’t have any more willpower now, than I did then, if I’m being honest. Now I understand that it wasn’t really ME who had some kind of obsession with sugar. It was trillions of yeast spores screaming for their food, that hijacked my mind.
Now, “science” knows more about the second brain in your gut—the gut-brain connection, and so it’s really strange that what’s happening in your gut takes over what you think is your brain, and makes you obsess about whatever kind of sugar you’ve become attached to—like how for me it was those stupid M&M’s and chocolate donuts.
That’s what yeast eats—it eats sugar. And when it gets sugar, it makes MORE yeast. So you see how it’s a really sick cycle. More yeast, more sugar, more yeast, more hijacking of the brain to waste your brainpower fighting the urge to eat sugar, instead of your brain being able to do more interesting and useful things. I’m telling you, it’s not you. It’s the yeast.
Antibiotics Are To Blame
And do you know what often puts your body into this imbalance, where yeast gets the upper hand? It’s antibiotics. They wipe out the healthy bacteria in the gut, which are keeping the NORMAL amount of yeast in check.
And so then the yeast goes crazy, proliferating. And you feel like YOU’RE the crazy one, because you think about sugar all day, every day. And it might not be an antibiotic you just took last month, it might be years ago that this cycle started.
So I just wanted you to know that you’re not crazy. My obsession with sugar started in early adolescence, when my mom had been putting me on antibiotics every three months for strep throat.
I haven’t been on antibiotics the last 30 years, which is half my life now, and I like to teach people how to detoxify for a LOT of reasons, but one is that so that the yeast stays in check, and I also like to teach people how to get well in ways that don’t involve antibiotics.
These days, antibiotics don’t even work that well because we’ve so overused them, so a lot of people get some kind of infection, and then the antibiotic doesn’t work, so you’re prescribed a second course of antibiotics, and sometimes people are put on three different brands, or more and they end up with diarrhea for months or years and all kinds of other symptoms.
My first husband once got an infection in his leg, and was on five different courses of antibiotics, oral, injected, and IV. And women will often notice that after one or more courses of antibiotics, the next thing that happens is a vaginal yeast infection.
Now I’ve never had one, since learning how to deal with viruses and infections on my own without antibiotics, but I have heard that they are absolutely miserable, and hard to get rid of. And then you’re put on Diflucan, an anti-fungal and that causes headaches, nausea, diarrhea rashes, all kinds of fun stuff. You see the pattern here? So, let me show you how to detoxify. We really need to all stop circling the drain.
The average American is on an antibiotic once a year and often doesn’t realize the horrible problems the antibiotics cause, especially yeast. How can we STOP growing yeast in our body, and stop building up toxins in all our organs, and stop having more and more symptoms that doctors can’t explain, so that as they try to help, they just try to cover up the symptoms with drugs, and then … more drugs for the new symptoms the first drugs caused?
No more yeast, no more sugar cravings, no more misery. Please share this article and video with your friends and family.
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Robyn Openshaw, MSW, is the bestselling author of The Green Smoothies Diet, 12 Steps to Whole Foods, and 2017’s #1 Amazon Bestseller and USA Today Bestseller, Vibe. Learn more about how to make the journey painless, from the nutrient-scarce Standard American Diet, to a whole-foods diet, in her free video masterclass 12 Steps to Whole Foods.
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