Break Your Sugar Addiction: Learn From Eileen

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Break Your Sugar Addiction: Learn From Eileen

This is my friend Eileen. She used to be a sugar addict and now she’s not. I know her story can help set you free from your addiction too. Before she shares I just have to say everyone needs an “Eileen” in their life. I know she is someone who would do absolutely anything for me. What’s really amazing is she would do anything for you too! She is such an outward focused person. Instead of going through her day looking for ways to make herself happy she asks God to help her to bless others. ALSO, it’s her Birthday on Friday so can you all give her a birthday shout out. Now, on to her story of breaking her sugar addiction.

“I used to wake up each day to my morning coffee filled with flavored (aka sugar) creamer. Then I would move on to Pepsi, which I would drink throughout the day. I often continued to satisfy my addiction with dessert each night too. I was taking in over 200 grams of sugar each day – that’s almost 50 tsp! When I started working out with Michelle she made me aware of what I was doing. She talked about how sugar was affecting my health.  So I tried it – I decided to reduce my sugar intake. I was shocked at how much better I felt. The biggest change was in my joints. I no longer had pain. Even though I felt so much better I was still tempted all the time and often fell to those temptations. I believed I had to serve dessert every time someone came over. I still thought I needed sweets around for my kids. I heard Michelle talk about how people pleasing can derail our attempts at a healthier lifestyle. It hit me – I didn’t have to serve desserts to guests and I definitely didn’t want my kids eating desserts all the time since I knew how addicting sugar was. So I did it – I emptied my house of sugar! 

What continues to help me to make healthy choices (in all areas of my life, not just sugar) is I ask myself this simple question, “What if?” What if I do eat that? (my joints will hurt, I will put on weight, I will feel guilt and shame…) What if I don’t eat it? (I will feel good, I will think more clearly, I will be in a better mood) When I look at the results of my choice it’s an easy decision. 

Lastly, but maybe most important, as I was going through this process of quitting sugar, my faith was also growing. I realized that my body really was a gift from God and I should care for it. I turned to Him for help in all areas of my life. I knew He loved me completely which made my need for approval from others less important. 

Please hear me – you can do this too. If you have any questions please comment below. I am here to help you. It will make a huge difference when you no longer turn to sugar to give you what only God can give you.”

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21 Comments

  1. Janice Roebuck January 21, 2020 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    I love the “What if? ” questions!! I am going to start doing that. Happy Birthday, Eileen. ????

  2. Tina Rosewell January 23, 2020 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Ah love you Eileen. You are one awesome gal. I’ve kicked sugar too. Very occasionally I will have something now, but nothing like I used to be. Yes and the joint pain is pretty much gone (the rest is down to age :-). Wish we were all closer. Love you. God bless you this day.

  3. Kendra January 23, 2020 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Dear Eileen,
    How did your children handle shifting to “no sugar”? My husband is very big on sweets, I think it would cause problems if I stopped baking! I would have to go solo and pray for strength to not taste test or lick the spoon. Any advice?
    Congratulations, and Happy Birthday! ????????

    • Michelle Spadafora February 3, 2020 at 8:59 pm - Reply

      Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I spoke with Eileen about this and she was telling me how her kids asked her if she wanted a birthday cake and she told them no. She told me that she really is still working with them on not just turning to sweets for special occasions. Her daughters both had babies in the past few months and she wants to help them to see that they don’t need to follow tradition of cake, ice cream…. as rewards.
      Her kids were older (college) when she changed her eating so they didn’t live at home then. Her husband was completely on board which really made it easier.

  4. Marian January 23, 2020 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    thank you Eileen! I entertain so much and yes I am known for my wonderful desserts so it has been hard to cut back on that but with God’s help I am getting there. I Like the idea of asking myself the “What if ” questions. a good practical way to combat sugar. you have the same birthday as my oldest son. Happy birthday!

  5. Melissa Arrington January 24, 2020 at 12:43 am - Reply

    Happy Birthday. Eileen! The “What If” question is just what I needed for so many areas of my life and daily choices. Thank you so much for your beautiful message❤

  6. Colette Cross January 27, 2020 at 12:58 am - Reply

    Wow Eileen! Your story gives me hope. I have been addicted to sugar since I was a little girl and I am still struggling. Your What if question really hit home. Have a very great and Happy Birthday!

  7. juli January 27, 2020 at 4:05 am - Reply

    So do you still have your morning coffee? If so do you put anything in it or drink it black? Love you!

    • Michelle Spadafora February 3, 2020 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      Eileen LOVES her morning coffee – black. She says she can now taste the true coffee flavor so much more and loves it.

  8. Debbie Billingsley January 27, 2020 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    First of all, Happy belated Birthday!
    I too kicked sugar when my Dr told me I should try the keto diet. I was on it for 4 months and I did lose weight. However, I love my fruits and veggies and just couldn’t get behind eating all that fat. Since going on a balanced lifestyle change, my dad came to live with us. I think between his older southern kind of diet and the responsibility of taking care of him, and my already full plate, I have turned to sugar yet once again. I exercise with ya’ll everyday but still have achy joints and sluggish. So thank you, thru this it has made something that should have been obvious, very clear to me. So today I start detox… Lol and than asking my Father to take the load and show me what I need to do when I start feeling a certain way.
    Thank you for sharing and I know God is blessing your socks off!
    Debbie

  9. Sherry Pruter January 27, 2020 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday, Eileen! I, too, am really trying to eliminate sugar (and flour) from my diet, and I have never even considered not having dessert when we have guests over. (which makes it very difficult for me because we entertain often!) I guess I need to rethink the necessity for dessert at dinner parties…

    • Rachel Sharpnack January 27, 2020 at 3:28 pm - Reply

      Happy birthday Eileen! Blessings to you! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Rachelle Reid January 27, 2020 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Eileen, and Happy Birthday Blessings! I am trying so hard to cut out sugar. Some days are better than others, but I will get there. So proud of you for kicking this awful addiction.

    Blessings,
    Rachelle Reid

  11. Yvette January 28, 2020 at 2:21 am - Reply

    I love that! I am getting there. I don’t drink pop, I still use my flavored creamer. I am taking baby steps, I’m down to one cup! Happy Birthday Eileen!!!

  12. Gina Bennett January 28, 2020 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    A very throught provoking idea. What if ?? I have heard and read sugar causes inflammation in the body . Since Christmas the sweets Have been eliminated dramatically And I will say that my Joints do you feel better.!!
    Thank you for the encouragement!!! I am trying to decrease my flour and master portion control and exercise daily.
    Happy Birthday!!!

  13. Melodee DiFillippo January 28, 2020 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    I just finished a 14 day detox of carbs and sugar and feel so much better! Seems my weakness at Christmas time is the fudge and sugar cookies! I made my husband a cake today and did not lick the bowl – I did not even have the urge. Whatever he does not eat in the next couple of days will go into the freezer for dessert for him or company / kids and grandkids at a later date. I thank God for making it through the 14 days – Prayer is the only way! Happy Birthday!

    • Michelle Spadafora February 3, 2020 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      Way to go!! Doesn’t it feel so good to no longer crave what is bad for you. Happy for you.

  14. Mickey Perkins February 1, 2020 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Happy birthday- wounderfull person
    I appreciate your spirit and kindness.

  15. Anita March 6, 2020 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    First thank you for sharing your truth. My weakness is potato chips I can eat a bag or two everyday. I use to be very weak to ice but after getting on iron pills it went away. So what I believe it is with chip is the sound more so then the taste. I know that sound wired but since ice has not taste I think i got weak to the sound of crunching ice Help!!!

  16. Samantha April 15, 2020 at 2:07 am - Reply

    Wow, I’ve been having achy/painful joints specifically my knees, it’s hindering me from exercising how I know I can. I consider myself young & I know I shouldn’t be having these issues in my body already. I do struggle with a sugar addiction I’d say. I feel a lack of self control for sure. I just started the 14 Day Kickstart, Day 3 starts tomorrow!! I’m very excited & hopeful to kick this habit & especially to restore my joints should the Lord provide!

  17. Rebecca Sutter July 4, 2020 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    This day 2 for me and like Samantha I have joint pains. I have gained almost 10 pounds since the first of the year. I stress eat sugar. I know that my aches are because of the added weight. Everyday I start with a plan to do better but if I get the least bit anxious or frustrated, I reach for Little Debbies:( I am the sole caregiver for my soon to be 100 year old Father. which is an honor. I have failed to take time to take care of myself over the past five years. I need help making better choices with my meal planning and how to ease into exercise again. Thank for sharing your story. God Bless!

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