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It’s the kind of embarrassing moment you never forget…
…the morning I had to fess up to my roommate that I’d eaten her entire container of frosted sugar cookies. I thought I’d sneak just one…or two, and before I knew it, all twelve were gone.
All twelve cookies.
In one night.
And to make matters worse, I was in school to be a Registered Dietitian!
I was acing all of my classes, but felt like a fraud.
I didn’t feel like this was me, and yet it didn’t even feel like a choice.
There were hundreds of similar moments. Intentionally buying “Halloween candy” in August. Hitting up McDonald’s for Shamrock Shakes in March. Downing Pumpkin Spice lattes at Starbucks in September.
I was trying to follow all the “dieting rules” I was learning in school. I tried countless “sugar detoxes.” But I kept caving. And putting on weight. I’d wind up in the same place in a matter of days. Every time I would be a little more angry at myself for being too weak to control it, breaking my own promises and not being able to stick to my decisions. Maybe I was just flawed?
My family lovingly teased me, calling me “Cookie Monster” and my friends called me “Garbage Disposal.” At first I laughed along with them, but after a while, the laughter started to sting.
The truth was — I was a sugar addict.
(Yes, sugar addiction is a real thing. Most people don’t know it, but sugar has the same effect on the brain as cocaine.)
Years later I realized I had, what I now know, is sugar addiction. Most people don’t know it, but sugar has the same effect on the brain as cocaine. It triggers the same rewards centers. Sugar sensitivity is real. And for many people it’s debilitating.
And here’s the kicker — the eating regimen I was learning in dietitian school (the low-fat, low-calorie diet) only added fuel to the fire. It brought me to the unhealthiest point of my life, and my heaviest weight.
But what happened next is what pushed me over the edge.
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