Does Eating Sugar Make You Feel Out of Control?

Does eating sugar satisfy you, or do you crave more once you start eating it? Is one cookie ever enough?

I admit sugar is stimulating while it’s in your mouth. Chocolate can arouse and satisfy your taste buds momentarily, but what happens afterwards? Do you get taken over by merciless cravings, and run back for “just one more bite”, and then another, and another?

I never feel satisfied after one bite! I instantly get caught between my craving for more, and my fear of getting fat; ashamed of myself, and of what others might think, if I helped myself to more ice cream, or another piece of cake.

Last night I was in my usual premenstrual funk, thinking about chocolate chips cookies, debating whether to pick some up on my way home. I wanted a peaceful night alone in bed with cookies and a good movie.

Instead of fighting my craving, and criticizing myself for wanting cookies, I calmly explored my desire. I embraced the part that loves to eat. I call her Miss Piggy. I let myself want it.

To make sure I really wanted cookies I playfully imagined myself eating them. I felt the initial high of chocolate. I saw myself lustfully reaching for another, and another, and yet another, until I ravenously gobbled the entire package. Feeling nauseous and unsatisfied, I remembered this happens every time I eat sugar.

I took a deep breath and continued to embrace Piggy. I pulled her closer to my heart. By letting her want cookies instead of fighting and resisting her, my desire for cookies subsided. I connected to what she really wanted, which was to feel cared for and loved. I didn’t buy cookies. I chose to take care of myself by not eating. When I got home I snuggled up in bed and smothered Miss Piggy with LOVE.

Next time you crave sugar, take a deep breath and hold your inner Piggy close to your heart. Ask yourself, “What would satisfy me other than eating?” Or “Which healthy alternative would satisfy me, so that I don’t spiral into addictive eating?” Receive Piggy’s gentle whispers deep inside your heart. Find out what you’re really longing for. Make a choice that makes you feel good (long term).

Please share your experience. I love to hear.

9 Responses to “Does Eating Sugar Make You Feel Out of Control?”

  1. Peggy says:

    Hi Beautiful Tarika
    This is such a lovely post.
    What you just did is the same shift that happened for me. It used to be that when I was upset I would eat lots of sweets, obsessively so. I was around 40 pounds overweight. Somewhere along the line my emotions and eating became 2 separate, disconnected things. (I think after I read ‘the Only Diet There Is’ by Sondra Ray). I realized that pigging out was not taking care of myself, and knew I’d hate myself afterwards.. cause for me it was actually a punishment not a loving thing. (I did it out of seldf hatred). I’d look in the fridge for something to eat, and realize the last thing I was was hungry. So I’d just feel the emptiness. Long story short, I stopped emotional eating, and my weight stabilized to what I am now, slender, (it’s been around 25 years).
    Now when I’m upset I love and care for myself, go home, put lavender in the diffuser, put on nice music, light a candle… get in bed with a good book, or turn off the lights and listen to music in the dark… make it special in my bedroom. Which, in your words, is giving myself what I am really longing for; to feel loved and special.

    I just wanted to validate your experience. It’s the only thing that works, it’s a total shift of dealing with the whole situation, so self control (and the pendulum swing loss of control), never enters the picture.

    big hugs
    xoxox Peggy

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