Sugar addiction, caffeine addiction, and even drug addictions are all part of a complex mechanisms in the brain that control our actions and desires. ADHD can also be formed through repetitive actions that create attention deficit pathways.
Are you addicted to sugar and caffeine?
That’s okay, we are all addicted to something. I’ve been addicted to many “things” and perhaps you can relate. However, my ADHD lead to my discovery about substance use for focus and energy, like millions who micro-dose cannabis for their ADHD.
We are living in a time where we are expected to operate like energizer bunnies at every hour of the day. So, we reach for energy drinks, energy bars, and those who are hardcore even self-medicate to stay focused on the job. Nicotine also helps with this.
Much like cocaine or heroin, “sugar” has a direct influence on our brains chemistry. When we take that ‘HIT’, we are flooded with the feel-good hormones we desire. Over time the brain makes an association with eating something sweet (behaviour) like Pavlov’s dog.
We believe that ‘HIT’ will make us feel happier (reward). This means we are relying on temporary happiness, and temporary energy, to carry us through our journey here on earth. Meaning we will always be found lacking on the scales of eternity, which is sad.
ADHD can be treated with food
If you continue feeding this behaviour-reward pattern, your brain will learn to rely on these temporary “sugar” spikes. This I believe is one of the primary mechanisms in the development of childhood and adult ADHD. Think about children who were raised in the early 90’s, kids like me. We had cereal for breakfast with 2 – 3 spoons of sugar and milk.
This instantly creates a massive spike in blood glucose levels. Then we go to class/work, and we are energized for 2 – 3 hours before the 1st sugar crash occurs. This is when you reach for snacks… What did mom pack? The same can be said for caffeine, and even for smoking. They all boost the same feel-good pathways. We need to find harmony within.
Breaking this pathway is challenging. Think of it like walking through a field every day. You walk down the same little pathway day in and day out, and over time you can see how the ground forms a clear road just through repetition. The same thing happens in the brain, and to change the pathways, you will need to change the way you walk.
For most people this is nearly impossible, and that’s why they hire a coach to keep them accountable and tell them what they need to do. We all intuitively know what is good for us and what is not, we just choose to opt for things that make us feel good and that are comfortable in this present moment, but we neglect our hopes and dreams in return.
You might be addicted to “sugar” if:
- It’s your reward: After a long day at work or after completing a difficult task.
- You feel sluggish and tired all the time even after a good eight hours of sleep.
- Physical: You experience bloating, have bad skin, and you have gained weight.
- Cravings: You never really feel satisfied and need more sugar to feel happy.
- Psychological: You constantly feel the urge to eat even when you are full.
- Withdrawal: You are irritable when you don’t get your daily “sugar” fix.
7 ways to kick your “sugar” addiction.
- Start to slowly reduce the amount of sugar and sweeteners you dump into your tea and coffee. Avoid soft drinks and fruit juices altogether.
- If the temptation is too much, remove all sugar and sugar products from your house, this includes your desk at work and secret stash under the bed.
- Move your body. Exercise releases endorphins, a great replacement for the happy-hormones sugar provides. Make an effort to give yourself time for self-care.
- Eat more fibre and protein. These foods are slower to digest and will keep you feeling fuller for longer. Learn to eat nutritious and fill your home with good food.
- Go for natural alternatives. Choose plenty of brightly coloured fruits to control your cravings. Choose your portions. It’s better to overdo it with a natural product.
- Man up and go through the withdrawal. Sometimes the best way to remove a energy leech is to rip it right off. It might sting for a little while, but it works.
- Pray and fast. The Bible states that “this kind of thing” does not go out except by prayer and fasting. I’ve designed an entire eBook centered around it.
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It’s amazing to think that when we saturate our lives with Jesus Christ, His Essence and Spirit, that all the other smaller things start to lose their grip on us and we are satisfied with so much less, and therefore we can freely give more. May this blog inspire you to do things God’s way and walk away.
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