You have a choice in your food addiction. Choose well.

By Susan Howard

From the second half of 2017 and up until now, I have been strict about my use of sugar.

One of my clients lamented, “Susan, is it really that horrible to have a cupcake every once in a while?”

“No, it’s not a big deal at all, you can easily metabolize those 300 to 400 calories on a 3 mile jaunt.  For me though, it sends me into a whirlwind of desire for more and more and more,” I replied.

Most everybody has their “thing.” I could drink a half a glass of red wine, or 3 glasses or skip booze for a month and not notice.  I will never have a drinking issue. Someone else could smell beer at a baseball game and become triggered into an all night bender. Other people crave fast food, french fries, cheesy creamy things. On and on it goes.

I was given my sugar addiction as a gift from my mom.  I will never forget the day; we were doing after-school errands together, when at the dry cleaners she turned to me and said, “Let’s go get an ice cream, you want to?”

And I said, “No, I don’t.”  At the time I was a strangely healthy kid and I loved apples and carrots like a little horse.

And she said, “Yes, you do.  We’ll get you a small one.”

In that moment my sugar addiction was passed on.  She was and still is such a sugar fiend. It’s impossible for her to get off the wagon, and has been proven to be difficult for me as well.

I challenge you this year to tackle your demons.

They don’t own you.

You have the power of choice.

Today choose differently.

Stay Ready.

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