The Sugar Junkie Blues


It's so much easier to talk about addiction when we're discussing alcohol or cigarettes. Everyone already gets that. In the sense that if you're unable to control an urge to imbibe a substance that's harmful for you, then you're an addict.

It's a powerful word and a lot of people aren't comfortable with the label. I get that. Although personally I found it useful when I struggled to stop smoking cigarettes. Quitting wasn't the issue, staying quit was the challenge. It wasn't until I realized that I was a stone cold junkie when it came to cigarettes that I was finally able to stay clean. (28 years yay me 😆)

Sugar is a different song though, isn't it? Its call affects so many different areas of our brain, both our conscious and subconscious selves. Tendrils is a apt description of its insidious nature. To make matters more challenging, we don't have to smoke or drink alcohol to live but we've got to eat.

The food industry makes huge profits off that simple fact. Not only are they selling us foods that barely fit the description, they're also making sure that many of their products are as addictive as they know how to make them.

Do I sound like a conspiracy theorist? The largest food company in the United States, Kraft, was brought by Big Tobacco (Phillip Morris.) Remember them? They own Marlboro, Merit and Virginia Slims among others.

Kraft? You're buying their products when you purchase anything from Oscar Mayer, Jell-O, Post cereals and Maxwell House.

I could go on but you can look for yourself. Inside the Tobacco Deal was a Frontline report years ago. You'll probably be interested to see exactly what RJR Nabisco owns as well. RJR? That's the tobacco company RJ Reynolds of Camel cigarette infamy.

My point is that these companies have spent billions to make billions by studying and taking advantage of the chemical triggers of human addiction. They're good at it. We're a society of sugar addicts and we don't even know it. It's making us sick and in too many cases, it's killing us.

Here's the good news.

Even though what we eat is making us sick, what we eat can also make us well!

I'm going to go into THAT part of this story this Saturday at 2pm EST in a Free Online Workshop and I hope you'll join me.


Type 2 Diabetes is a perfectly preventable disease. I'd like to get busy preventing it.