Hi, I’m Eli, and I’m a sugar addict.
No, I’m not poking fun or being silly. I have battled a sugar addiction for years.
Did you know there is something called “Codependency” ? Have you ever heard that word before? Taken from mirriam-websterdictionary.com:
“Definition of codependency:
a psychological condition or a relationship in which a person is controlled or manipulated by another who is affected with a pathological condition (such as an addiction to alcohol or heroin)broadly: dependence on the needs of or control by another.”
There is a LOT of addiction in my family, from alcohol to cigarettes to narcotics, to some other illegal substances thrown in there too. These are people you work with every day. They are high functioning. You may not even NOTICE they HAVE addictions. I am fortunate that I did not take THAT road, but I DID learn by their behaviors.
Think back to childhood, and think of the daily life of just living with your parents. Now think about your life now. Maybe you’re a parent now. Are there certain habits you have taken from your parents that maybe you didn’t even know you had adopted as your own? I bet there are! One of my memories is my mom saying, “I am a nervous wreck. I need a cigarette.” Or one of my parents saying, “It’s been one of those days. I can’t wait to get home and have a beer.” 🤢 The smell of tobacco and beer grosses me out most of the time. But I DID pick up their habits. Instead of “neeeeeeding” a drink or a smoke, I have found myself at LEAST 1,000 times, “OH MY GOSH THIS DAY WAS INSANE!! I NEED CHOCOLATE. AND DR. PEPPER. AND ICE CREAM!!!
Well. No, my lungs aren’t black. My liver isn’t going to fail me sooner than later. But my clothes don’t fit, I have acne to put a teenager to shame (though, the Ordinary Products have helped SO MUCH!!!), I have heel spurs from being overweight and having plantar fasciitis for so long without treatment. My body is NOT healthy, and it stems from my addiction to SUGAR. I’m in the south. We drink ALL the SWEET tea. I’ve weaned myself DOWN to 2 Cups of sugar in a gallon of tea. (mama always put 4….) I have quit purchasing chocolatey snacks. I have been baking a lot of sweets until this past week because I knew it was getting out of hand.
So tell me God wasn’t speaking to me when I went to a group on Facebook for prayer, and see the group will be starting a 40 Day Sugar Fast on Monday, August 17! Mind you, I haven’t been on that group since April. But something was telling me to go to that group for prayer. I got so MUCH love from the ladies of that group, and when I saw that post about the Sugar Fast, I KNEW it was for me. I am SUPER anxious about it. This is a battle I have tried to (unsuccessfully) fight for over a decade. But the thing about this particular book (The 40 Day Sugar Fast by Wendy Speake) is that it is about turning to Jesus instead of stuffing your face with muffins and cookies and swallowing it down with sugar-rich sweet tea. It is a FAST. It is about turning our doubt and worries to God, and seeking help from Him.
I searched and searched for a blogger who had written about their experience doing this book, but was unable to find one. I found some Vlogs on youtube, but it was mainly book-club type rather than “How did you feel” updates. That is what I will be doing here. I will touch on what the book discussed, but also how my BODY feels. What adjustments I have made to my daily life to turn down sugar.
Make sure to subscribe if you want the updates on how this goes. This is starting Monday, August 17, 2020. But it is not too late to grab your book. You can purchase it on amazon, at target and hobby lobby. I’m sure there are other places too! I actually bought the ebook version and downloaded it to my kindle.
Hopefully in 41 days I will be saying, Hi, I’m Eli, and I KICKED MY SUGAR ADDICTION!!