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What to Do for a Sugared Soda Addiction

16 Aug
Question:

Belleruth
In the past month or so, I have ordered both your Weight Loss - Health Journeys and Freeing Yourself of Excess Weight by Martha Howard, MD. I believe both to be very beneficial to me.freeingyourself
weight loss However, I am addicted to sugared soda & am finding it hard to "put it down." I have been perusing other titles hoping to find something to help with this addiction. Though I am a compulsive soda drinker, I am not a compulsive overeater. (I do realize the amount of sugar I drink in sodas daily causes me to crave carbs and keeps my blood sugar a complete mess.)

When I look at the addiction category and key words listed, I am not quite sure one of those would really be appropriate although I feel I have as equal a problem as someone who is addicted to alcohol or gambling.


Can you recommend one of your recordings that might be applicable? An addiction of any sort is an addiction, but I want to make sure I'm doing the best I can for my issue.

Thank you.
Best Regards,
Mike

Dear Mike,

You're right about this sugar addiction being similar to alcohol in some ways. But the Alcohol/Other Drugs imagery targets a lot of specific damage that alcohol etc wreaks on cells and organs, and it's not quite the right emphasis (even though sugar does its own damage, to be sure). But I think that imagery would be overkill and a little misdirected for you.

I'd suggest instead that you continue to work with the 2 CDs you already have, and possibly add to it David Illig's Weight Loss & Self-Improvement - very affirming and relaxing, and it's definitely a little extra ammo to ding your unconscious. And possibly his Change Your Metabolism, because you're right, all this sugar is doing odd things to your body's ability to convert food to energy. And a little hypnotic tweaking of your unconscious might be just the ticket - and this is where David Illig’s work excels.

And then - and this is the hard part, and some may not agree with me on this - but then I'd have you take whatever time you need to ready yourself and just go cold turkey on the sugared soda. Just cut it out of your diet and lay off excessive substitute sugars as well. (I'm assuming it's not the caffeine but the sugar that has you hooked.) Because the sooner you clean that acidity out of your system, the sooner you'll stop craving it. You're right, ingesting sugar feeds the need for more sugar, keeping an unhealthy cycle going. So I think it will actually be easier for you to just kill the cycle by cold-turkeying it, and putting up with the discomfort for 2-3 weeks.

If you must have sugar, take it in fruits that are healthy, delicious and fibrous, like cantelope, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, papaya... stuff like that. And when you get antsy for that Mountain Dew, listen to David, Martha or me; or practice mindfulness meditation, where you just accept your craving as an interesting internal signal to observe and release, along with everything else!

Hope this helps.
Best wishes to you with this.

All best,


Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award