Figuring Out What You Really Need Instead of Sugar

By Dan DeFigio

If you’re like most addicts, you use sugar to medicate yourself. Sugar is a substitute for something that’s missing in your life. To stop the cravings and heal your addiction, you have to figure out what emotional “hole” you’re trying to fill with sugar.

The next time you have a craving for something sweet, stop to figure out what it is that you really want — chances are it’s not sugar. Here are some examples:

  • If you have the urge to grab something sweet when you get stressed, what you probably want is to feel peaceful and in control of your life. Sugar can’t give you that.

  • If you’re ravenous when you get home at night and are ready to grab whatever you can stuff yourself with the fastest, what your body really wants is nourishment. Sugar can’t give you that.

  • When you desire sugar because you feel lonely, sad, or hopeless, what you probably want is companionship, hope, and joy. Sugar can’t give you that.

After you start to recognize what your real motivations are, you can start taking steps to achieve those states instead of drugging yourself with sugar.