Break your sugar addiction by tapping your way to success. Read more in this sweet post.
Sugar is addictive. It is one of the most addictive "legal drugs" in the world. In fact according to Statistics Canada, in 2004 on average, Canadians consumed 110.0 grams of sugar a day. That is equivalent to 26 teaspoons of the sweet stuff! That equals 21.4% of an adults total daily calorie intake. By 2015 the number had dropped to 101 grams, due to less sugary drinks being consumed. So we are trying, but what is a person to do when "willpower" is not enough?
Sugar comes in many forms. For many chocolate is an addiction. Inexpensive and easy to find, chocolate is filled with sugar in many sweet forms. Caramel and cookies enrobed in chocolate, dark chocolate with mint cream filling, crunchy nuts or nougat surrounded by a milk chocolate coating. Others prefer their sugar hot and comforting, like a hot chocolate with marshmallows.
Is it wrong to enjoy these sweet treats? No of course not. There is nothing wrong with indulging your sweet tooth one in a while, but what happens when you can't stop yourself? What happens when that chocolate becomes your addiction and your desperate struggle to hold onto your "willpower" doesn't last?
Willpower right? That is the answer! That is what EVERYONE says when someone cannot seem to stick to their plan. So that MUST be the answer because that is the problem. Everyone from personal trainers, doctors, friends, and family all say it. Even that slim co-worker who lost so much weight is telling you it's all willpower, Right? Wrong.
Willpower Is A Myth
Willpower is a myth. There is absolutely no scientific basis that is works. Why it works for some people is a complex answer that involves lifestyle, upbringing, genetics, mind set (e.g. exercise is fun not a chore), finances, emotional health and more.
Often called "Tapping," EFT or Emotional Freedom Techniques is a method that uses repeated pressure with the finger tips on specific points in the body to release emotional blockages. These points are called meridians. Meridians are used in the ancient Chinese medicine of Acupuncture. Tapping can bring up many emotions, memories, and physical symptoms. This is an indication that it is working. When people suppress their emotions and try to ignore negative memories, it can lead to a whole host of physical and/or psychological issues.
To combat this, some people turn to food, (usually sweet foods) for comfort. The addictive nature of sugar fuels the desire to eat more and a vicious cycle begins that many people struggle to end. When eating is not about food, but is tied to emotions and negative memories, it is not possible to use willpower alone to stop the cycle.
Break The Cycle
If you suspect you have a sugar addiction and you would like to break your cycle of sugar addiction, consider adding EFT to your list of lifestyle changes. There are many qualified practitioners who can help you. The long term benefits of emotional release, resolution of negative memories, and stress reduction will improve your chances of beating your sugar addiction because you will no longer have the fuel to feed your desire to consume it in large quantities.