Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

SUGAR ADDICT IN RECOVERY ; Counselor Tells How to End the Dependency

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

SUGAR ADDICT IN RECOVERY ; Counselor Tells How to End the Dependency

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My name is Jennifer, and I'm a sugarholic. As of this writing, I have four days clean and sober from the white stuff. However, I probably should admit that there are three Brachs Peppermint Christmas Nougats lurking in my pocket that I'm dying to have with a hot cup of coffee.

I turned to an expert for help. Cassandra Green is a certified holistic health counselor who just happens to co-own and teach at Cambio Yoga in Colorado Springs, Colo. She's teaching a four-part "Kick Sugar to the Curb" workshop, starting at the best time of year - after our post-holiday feasting extravaganza.

Letting go of the white stuff can be a challenge, my fellow sweet-toothed friends, but it's a worthy battle.

"Every time you spike your blood sugar, it creates inflammation in the body, and that's the root of all disease," Green said. "It's closely linked to cancer, heart disease and all degenerative diseases."

I always observe that sugar operates like an addictive drug in my body - the more I eat, the more I want. Your body gets accustomed to having it, Green said, which instigates a large release of insulin to deal with it.

"What goes up must come down," she said. "You go through a cycle of high blood sugar and insulin is released, then blood sugar plummets and you crave sugar again. And sugar releases dopamine. People can be addicted to it just like drugs."

She's not lying. Here are her recommendations

Eat five mini meals a day to keep the blood sugar level steady. Make sure to consume whole foods and not processed foods, as those tend to unwind as sugar in the body, Green said. Try almonds and a piece of fruit as a midmorning snack. A healthy fat and carbohydrate, such as an apple, can help keep you from feeling hungry.

Once the blood sugar is stabilized, the body is less likely to crave sugar.

"The body is mourning that sugar," she said. "But once it's stabilized, the body can react more diplomatically. You can have huge changes in personality due to blood sugar. …

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