In This Issue
Sugar Talks to Me
I knew I was addicted to sugar, as I rationalized that once this last canister of Godiva's chocolate was gone, I would once again get off sugar. I had made a habit of a steady consumption of serious chocolate in various forms: candy bars and hot chocolate drinks in the evening. And then, a clear voice spoke to me, But Susan, you know you can't live without me.
Sugar talks to me. I knew right then, that I was back on my addiction. I go on and off again. I have such sympathy for those suffering with drug addiction, because I too feel so out of control. It controls my thoughts, my movements and choices. I find myself eating a pint of Haagen Daz, and then wonder what has just happened.
I'm also addicted to coffee, again. And my husband, David, has decided to quit cigarettes. Only after becoming fully addicted again. We sat together and talked, wondering at the puzzle we had put ourselves in, again. "What could we fill our lives with, when we take out our addictions?" Fully aware that we couldn't take out our 'favorite' vices and not replace those needs with something else.
So, I asked David if he would like a shoulder massage as we pondered. It had been awhile since this regular ritual of touch exchange had passed. Funny thing, I casually realized as I began to gently massage his shoulders: Sugar has me pulling away and touching him less. After rubbing his neck and shoulders for a few minutes, he softly said. 'I think that's it.'
The most powerful part of her sharing was Susan and David's acknowledgment that they needed more soul-food touch, hugs, kisses and intimacy. You know, activities that fill and nourish you, but aren't served on a plate. I truly believe that we can become nutrient deficient in these primary foods. And it makes you sick and overweight and depresses your immune system.
Consider this: If something's off in your life work, relationships,
lack of inspiration, connection or fun, an upsetting situation, boredom,
it can be anything we often turn to food, in this case, sugar.
Sugar can have a numbing effect on our emotions. Sugar can be a lot of
things to someone. It can even talk to you.
Here are some ideas: