30 DAYS TO SUGAR FREE JOURNEY

GETTING READY FOR THE JOURNEY – 30 DAYS TO SUGAR FREE

DAY 1

DAY 2

ARE YOU ADDICTED TO SUGAR?

  1. You have intense cravings or urges for sugary foods.
  2. You find yourself going out of you way to buy your favourite sweet treat.
  3. You find it impossible to cut back despite frequent attempts to reduce your sugar intake.
  4. Your tolerance to sugar has increased and you need more sugar to experience the same level of satisfaction.
  5. You experience physical symptoms like headaches, irritability, mood swings or fatigue if you reduce the amount of sugar you normally eat.
  6. You experience mood swings, feeling irritable when your sugar intake is reduced and get an emotional high with increased sugar consumption.
  7. You feel anxious if you can’t have sugary foods.
  8. You hide wrappers and packets from others so that they don’t know how much or what you are eating.
  9. You lose control, finding it difficult to stop eating once you start or finding it difficult to reduce your sugar intake even when you plan to do so.
  10. You continue to eat sugar even though you know it is having a negative impact on your health.
  11. You find yourself avoiding social situations where sugary foods are not available or where they are available, and you are worried that you might lose control.
  12. You make eating sugary foods a priority over work, family, or daily tasks.
  13. You use sugar to cope with stress or emotional issues.
  14. You use sugar as a reward or to comfort yourself.
  15. Your consumption of sugar has been increasing over months or years.
  16. You have lost interest in healthier foods.
  17. You find yourself thinking about and planning the next time you can have sugary food.
  18. You find it difficult to focus or concentrate without a sugar boost.
  19. You suffer from insomnia or disrupted sleep patterns which could be linked to eating sugar close to bedtime.
  20. You have inexplicably gained weight especially around the abdominal area despite efforts to maintain a healthy diet.
  21. You have frequent cavities or other dental problems associated with excessive sugar consumption.
  22. You experience sudden energy crashes between meals when your sugar levels drop.
  23. You have skin issues like acne or premature aging linked to high sugar consumption.
  24. Your hormones are out of balance.
  25. You experience bloating or irregular bowel movements related to high sugar consumption.
  26. You find yourself snacking on sugary foods throughout the day.
  27. You have difficulty recognising when you are full even when you feel physically full.
  28. You have become more sensitive to sugar over time.
  29. Your immune system is weakened, and you experience frequent illnesses or infections.
  30. You suffer from joint pain or inflammation that is associated with excessive sugar consumption.
  31. You crave sugary foods when you are stressed, using sugar as coping mechanism.

Please note that I am not a medical professional and self-diagnosis is not a substitute for professional advice.  Here are some signs that suggest you might have a sugar addiction.  If you recognise many of these signs it might be helpful to seek advice from a professional healthcare practitioner.