When you hear the word “addiction” odds are your mind immediately goes to drugs and alcohol. If you’re asked to stretch a bit further, you may be led to think about addictions to gambling, pornography, or maybe even shopping or overeating.
But have you ever thought about a sugar addiction?
It’s true, it is possible to have an actual addiction to sugar. And that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Sugar is a highly addictive substance, releasing addictive opiods into our brains anytime we consume it, giving us a high that our bodies become addicted to. In fact, some experts say that sugar is the top addiction in our country.
So if you find yourself struggling with an addiction to sugar, you want to find ways to limit your sugar intake, or you just want to learn more about this very common addiction, there are several books you can read that will really open your eyes.
Here are the top 5 books about sugar addictions:
1. Potatoes Not Prozac: Solutions for Sugar Sensitivity
Although the title says sugar “sensitivity,” it is very much about sugar addictions. This National Bestselling book explains what sugar sensitivity (or addiction) is, what causes it, how it works, and what its symptoms are. It delves deep into the science of sugar sensitivity, explaining it so that we can all understand it. It includes self tests and “a customized diet designed to change your brain chemistry,” helping you to overcome your addiction to sugar.
2. Sugar Blues
Sugar Blues, written by William Dufty, was inspired by the experiences of one of the most famous actresses of the silent film era. The book talks about the fact that sugar is as addictive as nicotine. In the book, she explains the health hazards that come along with sugar. She also explains the differences that a sugar free lifestyle can make in your life.
3. Beyond Sugar Shock: The 6-Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction & Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter
Sugar Shock, written by former sugar addict Connie Bennett, is a bestselling book about the harmful impacts of sugar and simple carbs on our bodies and minds. Beyond Sugar Shock is an even better selling book, because along with the details of the harms of sugar (including increased weight, decreased libido, fatigue, etc), it also gives a specific plan to overcome sugar or simple carb addictions. It includes a 6-week plan drop your sugar addiction (and a few pounds while you’re at it).
4. The Sugar Addict’s Total Recovery Program
If you are looking for a good companion book to Potatoes not Prozac, then The Sugar Addict’s Total Recovery Program is it. Written by the same author as Potatoes not Prozac, these two books work together magically. The Sugar Addict’s Total Recovery Program builds on the knowledge gained in Potatoes not Prozac (although you’d be totally fine to read either book on its own), detailing a step-by-step program to help anyone kick their sugar addiction for good.
5. Overcoming Sugar Addiction: How I Kicked My Sugar Habit and Created a Joyful Sugar Free Life
In this book, former sugar addict Karly Randolph Pitman very openly shares her story of her struggle with a sugar addiction. She goes into the details of her binges, mood swings, bulimia, depression, and more. She shares stories of her numerous attempts to overcome her sugar addiction. In the book, she shares her story, as well as the things that worked (and didn’t work) for her.
Nicole writes for Freedom Treatment Center. She loves sharing her knowledge with others about addiction recovery and writes articles covering a variety of addiction resources.
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