Soul Cleansing Saturday: My Struggle with Sugar and Diet Soda Addiction

by Rhonda Wylie on February 23, 2013

Sugar and Diet SodaI have been struggling with sugar addiction, as well as being addicted to diet sodas, for years. I thought instead of trying to tell you all how to beat these addictions, I would do a little soul cleansing and first admit it; then, try to get help getting it under control.

History

Growing up, my mother was not one to really say “no” to us when it came to food or treats. I was a skinny child so I pretty much could eat whatever I wanted. My Mom always cooked typical southern comfort foods and I loved them. She always had lots of baked treats to eat, as well. In addition to them, I usually always chose junk food over healthy food when it was available. When I had money in my pocket, I would buy sodas and candy…almost always. Additionally, I spent many summers with my aunt and grandmother. They always had candy and baked treats around, as well. If they did not, they were more than happy to take me to the store to buy some, or whip up a fresh-baked pie or cake. Yes, they spoiled me. I did not see any real weight gain until around the age of 30; and then it was probably only 10-15 pounds. As I got older, I finally realized I could no longer eat whatever I wanted without consequences. This began my long history of weight gain and yo-yo dieting. I would gain 10-20 pounds…then lose some or all of it. Feeling more comfortable, I would once again slip back into old habits.  Each new bout of weight gain usually was a little more than the last.

Sometime in the early 90’s I got the idea that if I switched to diet sodas it would be so much healthier for me. At first it was hard to make the switch but I kept drinking them thinking they were “free” indulgences. I soon grew accustomed to them and even preferred them over sugar sodas. For years I lived on diet sodas, rarely even drinking a glass of water.

Today

Being 49, and hopefully somewhat wiser, I have adopted many new healthier eating habits. I also try to exercise and drink a lot more water than before. However, I must confess – I cannot break my addiction to sweets and diet sodas. I don’t just sit around eating cake and ice cream all the time. My biggest problem is that when I have a sweet, it starts the craving in motion. I can’t just stop with one piece of candy. I usually have to have 10-15 pieces before I am satisfied. I have tried to indulge my sweet tooth by swapping fruit for sugary treats, but what often happens is that I will eat the fruit and then still go back and eat the other treat, as well. I KNOW that’s the pattern of addiction.

As for the diet sodas, I drink mostly water, green tea, and coffee, but I still have to get my diet sodas in there.

Problem

I am determined to live much healthier these days and want to totally eliminate diet or any kind of soda from my life. I also want to get to a point where a sugar treat is an occasional indulgence in moderation. The problem is that I have done all kinds of research and I just do not know how to break out of this vicious cycle. I know I need to eliminate the obvious temptations in my house, but there is so much sugar hidden in everyday foods that we do not even think about. I am asking you all for any advice or help you can offer. What has worked for you? What resources did you use?  PLEASE HELP!

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Written by Rhonda Wylie

Rhonda Wylie

Rhonda is a self-taught entrepreneur, blogger, and aspiring freelance writer, who is always eager to take on new challenges. She is on a self-improvement mission of cleaning out the negative clutter of her own life so she can become a happier, healthier, and more productive individual. Her hope is to inspire each person to eliminate the negative clutter that’s weighing them down, so we can all live our best life EVER!

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Charlotte February 23, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Diet sodas are terrible for you. Look up aspartame side effects. Alzheimer’s and dementia are just two. But artificial sweeteners just make you want to eat more. You are better off drinking the real thing.

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Rhonda Wylie February 23, 2013 at 7:25 PM

You are so right, Charlotte. I am taking baby steps to improving my health…hence one of the reasons for “cleaning out the clutter.” Thanks for your comment.

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Krista Davis February 23, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Aspartame (the artificial sweetener in diet sodas) can result in our children being born with PKU. Females are born with eggs that they have throughout life, and at any moment those eggs can be affected by toxins, such as apertame, resulting in genetic or health issues in future children. When I took special education, this was the one substance that the professor repeatedly pushed for everyone to stop consuming due to all of the possible side effects.

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