Do You Have A Sugar Addiction?

Sugar addiction in North America, and countries around the world is an epidemic greater than drug and alcohol addiction but less recognizable. In this blog, I will talk about sugar addiction, help you discover if you have a sugar addiction and what you can do about it.

My Addiction To Sugar

For many years I was fully addicted to sugar and had no idea. I grew up eating sweets like candy, baked good and desserts like it was part of the meal plan and never thought much of it. However, as I got older I began to realize the hold sugar had on me when it came to my struggles with emotional eating. Anytime life got hard, or I got upset in any way I would turn to sugar to comfort me. The problem was, it didn’t always work. Usually, after a sugar binge I was left with nothing but a sick stomach and a pounding headache from the sugar hangover.

After many years of struggle, I sought out some help. I met with a councillor who suggested that I develop a healthier relationship with food by learning to cook. So, I did and since then I love being in the kitchen.

I also sought out the help of an herbologist, because I grew more and more concerned about my addiction to sugar, and food in general. This man, whom I hoped would give me something to curb my cravings and easily make it all go away, proceeded to tell me that I had a serious sugar addiction and if I didn’t get it under control I was going to get diabetes within two years.  

He said sugar is an addictive chemical that affects the brain much like cocaine. It is in many of the foods we eat, and that coming off of a sugar addiction would be harder than coming off cocaine.

PET brain scan comparing the similarity of the neurological activity stimulated by sugar with that of cocaine. The same areas in the brain are affected.

I was shocked. Sugar like cocaine? I hadn’t really thought of it that way; however, when I started to research the similarities between sugar and cocaine I knew I had to make a change. I mea, they’re both white powder, aren’t they?

This newfound knowledge of the detrimental effects of sugar on the body and knowing that I had a food addiction overwhelmed me with sadness.  I knew that if I wanted to make a change I would have to let go of all the yummy, comforting foods that had been there for me when I needed them to help me feel better. It was like they were my friends and I had to let them go so that I could have a better life. 

This proved to be much more difficult than I expected. Every time I promised to give up sweets, or other comforting foods that were not good for my body, the cravings would kick in even stronger. Even though I knew the dangers these foods posed to my health I gave in time and time again eating until I felt sick, then would beat myself up for not having enough willpower to refrain. This, like any other addiction had a strong emotional component that I was not yet ready to admit. 

It took many years, many meetings with professionals and strong desire to change to kick my sugar addiction; however, admittedly, I still crave it and give in but I’m just not as bad as I used to be.

The Strong Hold Of Sugar Addiction

You’re probably thinking, “Yay! She must have kicked her sugar addiction.” Although I have been able to get my addiction under control I remain aware of how I am feeling and am always aware of my emotional state before making food choices. Like any addiction, it can come back anytime so it’s important to always be conscious about the choices I make. 

Let’s talk a little about sugar addiction. I often hear people deny that sugar is a drug. They think you cannot be addicted to sugar like you can drugs and alcohol. But you can!

Sugar Addiction Cycle

Studies show that sugar is biologically addictive. What does this mean? It means that when you consume sugar it causes a spike in the blood sugar levels, which results in the release of insulin from the pancreas and has a stimulating effect as much, if not more than, cocaine. 

The area of the brain that controls addiction is called the nucleus accumbens and is activated after the consumption of sugar. Even though participants of certain studies could not tell the difference between sugar levels, the brain could. 

I believe the reason sugar addictions are rampant, and why it’s so hard to give up sugar, is because sugar is in everything. There are hundreds of thousands of processed foods on the market today and over 80% of these foods contain hidden sugar. If you eat processed foods it’s almost impossible to get away from sugar. 

The American Heart Association recommends that the average person should consume no more than five teaspoons of sugar per day, yet the average North American consumes 22 teaspoons per day. No wonder we struggle with so many health issues. 

Sugar doesn’t provide the body with any valuable nutrition; actually it often prevents the absorption of essential phytonutrients. It’s known to lower immunity and rob bones of minerals. 

Is some sugar ok? Yes, I think so. I believe it’s fine to ingest natural sugar from fruit and starchy vegetables, in moderation; however, all refined and artificial sweeteners are poisonous to the body and should be eliminated from the diet completely.

What are some of the most popular sweeteners to avoid? 

1) Aspartame

Aspartame is a popular artificial sweetener that is 100% synthetically derived, meaning this is not food. Aspartame contains deadly poisons that can cause serious damage to body tissues. It is a major cause of headaches, diarrhea, fatigue, memory loss, depression, mood swings and in some cases convulsions. To some health gurus aspartame is considered one of the most dangerous food additives on the market today.  It should be avoided at all costs. 

Some popular foods that contain aspartame include chewing gum, soft drinks, cereal, breath mints, yogurt, and frozen foods.

2) High-Fructose Corn Syrup

High fructose corn syrup is made by converting sugar in corn to fructose. It’s used as a preservative in many products including cereal, salad dressing, ketchup, candy and many other processed foods. High-fructose corn syrup has been shown to cause the blood sugar levels to rise.  It may lead to type 2 diabetes, anxiety, depression and feed infections and cancerous cells in the body.  

According to David Wolfe, a leading expert in health and longevity, we must avoid all artificial sweeteners and refined sugars including: 

  • Brown rice syrup
  • Brown sugar
  • Dextrose
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Maltodextrin
  • Sucanat
  • White sugar
David Wolfe Quote

The Glycemic Index

The glycemic index is a scale that ranks foods based on their effect on blood sugar after consumption. Foods that rank high on the glycemic index cause blood sugar levels to spike whereas food that is low on the glycemic index have little or no effect on blood sugar levels. Refined sugar and white flours are high on the glycemic index where natural sugars, such as yacon syrup, are low on the glycemic index and have little effect on blood sugar levels. 

There are many reasons why it’s important to remove sugar, especially refined, from your diet, including but not limited to the following reasons: 

  • Sugar feeds candida, which is also known as high amounts of yeast in the body. 
  • Sugar has been proven to damage cells leading to wrinkles and aging skin.
  • Sugar increases the acid levels in your blood, which results in inflammation, bone degradation and damage to tissues and organs. 
  • Sugar raises blood sugar levels increasing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 
  • Sugar is addictive and can lead to addictive behaviors including binge eating, anxiety, depression and other mental disorders.
  • Sugar contributes to obesity as it provides no nutritional value and often blocks the absorption of essential nutrients. 
  • Sugar decreases your energy levels, which may result in a more sedentary lifestyle and adrenal fatigue. 
  • Sugar suppresses the immune system and can contribute to many chronic conditions including heart problems, cancer, ulcers, gallstones, arthritis, and eczema. 

When I started researching sugar and food addictions I realized that the questions they asked to determine addictive behaviors were no different from those of alcohol and illicit drugs. This tells me that sugar is an addictive drug and that sugar and food addictions need to be taken seriously. 

Are You Addicted? 

You might be a sugar addict if: 

  • You crave processed foods, or food in general, even if you’re not hungry. 
  • You’re always thinking about foods and worrying about the possibility of having to cut down on processed and sweets. 
  • You often overeat, which results in low energy levels. 
  • Your social life is affected because of food. For example, you may leave early to go home and eat, you may think about food while you are out, or you may not enjoy your time because you are worried about or thinking about food. 
  • You find that when you eat the foods you crave the pleasure they provide you is diminished and you need to eat more to feel satisfied, leading to overeating. 

I have experienced every single one of these symptoms. I have eaten bags and bags of candy until I passed out on the couch in a sugar coma or felt extremely ill.

I’ve left parties early to go home and eat in private because I didn’t want anyone to see me eat the junk foods I desperately craved. 

I would eat more and more of these foods to feel good then feel guilty for eating them. 

This vicious cycle continued until I decided that this behavior was no longer serving me. 

If you feel you have a food or sugar addiction and want help please seek the advice of a trained medical professional. 

How To Release Your Sugar Addiction

How To Beat Your Sugar Addiction

If you desire to release your own addictions and start to take control of your life just know that it’s life-long learning process. Start with the pursuit of knowledge and the desire to improve your health and wellness. Although it’s worth it, it’s not an overnight, or easy process. 

For me, my life began to change when I started looking inside myself rather than seeking external answers. 

Along with the tips and tricks that are shown in the image above, here are the steps I went through to get to where I am today; to the point where I can handle a little sugar without catapulting into a full-blown binge. 

1) Admit you have a problem. The first thing I did was recognize, and admit, that I had a problem. This was not easy and was probably the hardest step for me. I didn’t want to admit I had a sugar and food addiction. I was a personal trainer; a health professional who was helping others deal with their issues. I felt that if I admitted I had a problem people would see me as a hypocrite and would no longer take me seriously as a coach. 

But I was wrong. Admitting I had this problem only made me stronger and open to receiving help. Once I began to confess my own struggles with my clients they would open up about their own issues. They found it easier to relate to me knowing I was human. I now specifically help those who have these particular struggles because they know I understand what they are going through. 

2) Determine, and understand, your limiting belief(s) around food and sugar. The second step in the process was to determine what my beliefs around food were and where they came from. I knew that some of my most happy times in childhood were spending time with my grandmothers, eating their tasty, sweet treats. I had the belief that food makes me feel better. The funny thing is because of my pursuit to feel good using food as my drug I would overdo it and end up feeling worse both mentally and physically. 

3) Recognize your emotional connection to food. The third step was to understand my emotional connection to food. As I mentioned above, food made me feel better. It made me feel loved like I did when I was with my grandparents. So, to me food, especially sugar, meant love. 

4) Love yourself. The fourth step was the game changer for me. I had to learn to love myself. Until I worked on this step I had no idea how much I hated myself. I would look in the mirror and see nothing but a fat, ugly, sad person to whom I would talk negatively and do my best to avoid. This had to change in order for things to get better. I knew that. 

Some of the tools I learned and implemented to help me enhance the love I had for myself were:

1) The mirror exercise I first learned from Louise Hay. Everyday I looked in the mirror at my body and into my eyes and said, “I love you, I love you, I love you.” I had to get to the point where these were no longer just empty words but I had to believe the words I was saying. 

2) Connect with my inner child exercise that I learned from my coach. To do this exercise, I started by visualizing myself as a small, innocent child. Then, as an adult, the age I am now, I would hug my inner child and give her all the love I felt I was missing and tell her that I loved her. 

The second part of this exercise, was to think of all the nasty words I say to myself and picture myself saying these same words to a child. I quickly thought about my nieces and how I would never say those negative words to them; therefore, why was I saying them to myself? 

Sometimes I still catch myself thinking nasty thoughts of self-hate but now I recognize these thoughts, understand where they are coming from and quickly turn them into positive thoughts and words of affirmation. 

3) Discover my Divine Self exercise that I also learned from my coach. This is the ultimate expression of who I am. My Divine Self is already on the path of my divine purpose. She’s there to guide me, keep my ego in check and take action towards the person I came to this earth to be. 

Now that I have the ability to visit my Divine Self regularly, I see myself as the person I know I am. She gives me the strength to make decisions that will get me closer to my goals and take actions that reflect the love I have for myself.

Please remember that the above experiences and steps to overcome my sugar and food addiction worked for me. I encourage you to find the path and program that works best for you. However, the ultimate lesson I hope you gain from my story is to love and respect yourself enough to make the changes you desire and live the life of your dreams. 

Sugar Addiction Recovery Story

Many people now are dealing with sugar addictions and really have no idea they are addicts. In our society, we’re so focused on alcohol and drug addiction that we completely disregard those who have food and sugar addictions. To me, this seems like a bigger problem since more people die every year from lifestyle related disease, such as heart disease and cancer, than illicit drugs. Actually, more people die from prescription drugs than illicit drugs yet our doctors continue to prescribe drugs like candy. 

Here is a story written by my mother, Shelley, about her sugar addiction and how she has been able to control her addiction resulting in better health and happiness. 

Sugar Addiction Recovery Story

How Sweet It Isn’t: My Year Without Sugar and How my Body Reacted

By Shelley Goldbeck

Truly, it’s not surprising that I have a sugar addiction. 

It’s surprising to me that I refer to it now as an addiction. Like any addict I lived in denial for years.

From a very young age, my loving paternal grandmother showered me with sugar. She entered puberty at the onset of the Great Depression, with its scarcity of sugar. The greatest gift she could give was food, especially sugar.

Do you know how easy it is to shower (grand) children with sugarlove?

Grandma always served three desserts. Desserts were planned and prepared long before the main meal. 

She might serve chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream and raspberry Jello. Or she would offer a choice of two kinds of pie, always apple, and sometimes raisin, cherry, or saskatoon (or a slice of each) with ice cream. She may also have had homemade cookies in case you didn’t get enough sugar. And there was nothing like a cup of hot chocolate to soothe the soul!

Sunday after church we would stop at the local store where we each got to spend one of our two dimes; the first dime had already fallen dutifully into the collection plate. We often chose a bag of penny candy painstakingly selected and ceremoniously placed into a tiny paper bag. Sometimes we would spend our money on a cream soda, orange or grape crush and a bag of chips or a chocolate bar.

Looking back it’s not at all surprising that I associate sugar with pleasure. Grandma was devoted to me and she showered me with love and sugar. 

Processed food became mainstream when I was a child. Like other 60’s mothers, my mother bought into their promise of convenience, although her limited budget prohibited her from completely stocking our shelves with junk. Kool-aid, Tang, and cereal (with toys inside the boxes) were all part of our diet, at least sporadically. 

Luckily we were poor and we grew our own vegetables, raised our own chickens who provided fresh eggs, picked and put-up wild berries, and supplemented our homegrown chicken diet with meat from the odd deer that Dad would bag in the fall. 

I developed a taste for fresh vegetables from the garden. A favorite activity was playing hide and seek in a pea patch on a hot afternoon. I would munch on peas while I hid or even as seeker, (one can become quite famished playing hide and seek!)

I liked the raspberry patch even more. As sweet as fresh peas can be, there’s nothing like ripe raspberries picked while the dew still clings like blobs of transparent mercury on the knobby surface of the berry. They’re especially good when they’ve been sun-warmed for a couple hours. Heaven is gumming a handful of raspberries (not chewing to avoid lodging their tiny seeds into your teeth) and letting the sweet syrup trickle down your throat.

My infatuation for sugar led to my childhood dream for the future: that I would live in Calgary (check), that I would have my own car (check) and the back seat would be filled with cinnamon buns and chocolate bars! I’ve likely eaten enough chocolate bars to fill many backseats!

By the time I turn 21, I am married and pregnant with my second daughter. I’m in Safeway with my toddler in the cart. In the produce department I admire the fresh peaches. But alas! They are expensive. I begin to push away. 

I look into my cart. 

I see doughnuts. I see cookies. 

Like a bolt of lightning I am struck by the notion that if I put back the junk, I can afford the peaches. 

That epiphany changes the course of my shopping forever. I begin allocating more of my grocery budget to fresh whole food. I bake our treats, usually substituting some whole grain flour for the white flour and cutting the sugar at least in half. Nobody ever notices. If they do they don’t say anything or stop eating what I make.

I actively guard my children from too much sugar. It‘s not always easy in the face of my grandma (whose sugar showering continues with my children) and my in-laws, who are of the same generation as my grandma. I am often accused of being a mean mom when I forbid sugar or even when I simply limit it.

“Awww!” The guilty (great-) grandparent whines when I declare no sugar to be sent home!

I remember once getting into the car after visiting Grandma and my girls are giggling in the back seat. What’s so funny? Despite my orders that the girls are not to have candy, Grandma has sneaked them each a chocolate bar as we slipped out the door. 

I grouse but inside I smile because I know exactly how those girls feel. I know the feeling of being in cahoots with Grandma. I know that a loving heart committed the crime. I know the rush of pleasure: love in a sweet package!

Even if sugar is poison, is it really a sin when it comes from such great love?

At their dad’s parents’ house, cookies, cakes, and squares are served up to five times per day. (Mid-morning coffee, dessert at noon, mid-afternoon snack, dessert at supper, and bedtime snack!) Only breakfast doesn’t include them but sugar is well represented with toast and jam, pancakes and syrup or porridge with brown sugar.

I remember stuffing myself so full at their Sunday dinners my stomach would protest painfully. My sister-in-law would hold her abdomen and cry in agony, “I am so full!” Our gluttony often struck me as hypocritical in this evangelical Christian home. But I didn’t stop.

My girls’ Grandpa thought bonding time with his granddaughters was a trip to the Co-op coffee shop for a long john (a huge block of a donut covered in chocolate or maple icing). They did too. 

I saw them developing the same addiction to sugar that afflicted me. One long john contained more than their full day’s allowance of sugar, fat and calories and contributed almost no nutrition. 

But I couldn’t really blame them for their attraction to doughnuts.

When my girls were about four and six, I went alone one day to do my weekly grocery shop. The last thing I added to my basket was six Bismarcks. 

A Bismarck is a jelly doughnut. The Co-op bakery made the best Bismarcks. The dough is light and fluffy. They are fried a deep golden-brown. They are injected with real raspberry jam and finished with a light coat of fine white sugar.

These are still warm and their aroma teases my nose as I start my car. I decide to have one before I leave the parking lot. 

One must bite into a Bismarck strategically or risk wearing the filling. If you bite it at the “injection site”, you are rewarded with a burst of flavour in your first bite and you reduce the risk of it volcano-ing down your shirt.

I quickly inhale the first Bismarck. 

I reason I can have another since there is no sense taking five doughnuts home for a family of four.

Number two disappears equally fast, practically melting in my mouth.

I pull away from the parking lot but I still want more. So I reason that I can eat “my donut.” After all, of the four left, one is mine!

It too is gone in a few bites, as though made of air.

Then I think, “I can’t take home three donuts for a family of four!”

So I gobble down the last three!

I’m not quite sure what I did with the bag before I got home. Maybe I ate it too!

I don’t even remember eating those last three Bismarcks. I was likely suffering from a sugar-rush, near a diabetic coma. I do remember the overwhelming feelings of guilt, shame and failure. 

What kind of mother gobbles up her own children’s treats?

Why can’t I control myself?

What am I doing to my health? 

No wonder I can’t control my weight!

Typical negative talk that I now know feeds those cravings for empty calories.

Over the years I have consumed theater-size bags of Twizzlers, Nibs or other chewy candy, easily in one sitting, sometimes, before the movie started. 

I have inhaled a whole layer of Turtles chocolates in one ten-minute session and likely dipped into the bottom layer! 

I have torn through a $50 box of premium chocolates in a couple days, only because polishing it off in one sitting would be embarrassing!

I have known for at least three decades that sugar is evil, yet extricating myself from its grasp was something I didn’t consider and if I did I was certain I would never succeed. How could I possibly give up sugar? Sugar is love!

My path towards health has progressed since my peaches epiphany 35 years ago. In 2005 I discover I have gluten intolerance. Eliminating wheat resulted in significant weight-loss and the clearing up of the acne that plagued me from my teens to my mid-forties. I used to joke that it was insulting to have zits sprouting out of my wrinkles. 

I actively seek ways to increase my health. I study health issues and learn about food. Each year I choose to do something specific to improve my health. I give up the small bit of alcohol I consumed. I feel better. 

One year I resolve to eat more vegetables by ensuring they occupy at least half of the real estate of my plate. I feel better. The next year it is to eat more raw foods. I notice that my wrinkles appeared to fade, (or maybe that’s just the wishful thinking of a middle-aged woman) But I feel better!

One year I decide to eliminate dairy. I hadn’t been a huge dairy consumer as milk always tasted sour and it upset my stomach. But I did love butter, cheese, cream, and ice-cream. When I stop eating dairy I realize an unexpected benefit: I stop snoring completely. My husband had been complaining about it so it is a very happy benefit for both. 

Over the years I learned that sugar feeds cancer, it causes inflammation and it robs the body of nutrients. I believe that the skyrocketing rates of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease are diet related, specifically our society’s high consumption of sugar.

Yet I continued to eat it, like smokers who know lung cancer is in their future but puff away.

I eat my last sugar January 5, 2013. I do little except to be ultra aware of what I ingest. I resolve to consume no processed sugar (including any hidden in processed foods) and no dried fruit (which is high in sugar). I allow myself very small amounts of maple syrup and honey but I avoid these entirely for the first couple months.

The first thing that happens to me is a headache, not a throbber, but a dull ache, like when I don’t get enough sleep. That lasts about three days. I find it bearable if I drink lots of water. 

Within 14 days I lose 14 pounds. That is amazing! But not surprising. Sugar causes inflammation, which causes water retention. I suspect the first 14 pounds were simply water, flushing away the toxins my body had sequestered.

Within three weeks I notice something else: I had had a root canal five years before that always bothered me. No dentist could figure out the problem. I had resolved to live with it, chew on the other side of my mouth. 

After three weeks of no sugar, my root canal tooth no longer bothers me and I can chew on that side. Over a year later, I am still chewing without pain.

After two months, I am down 22 pounds. My clothes are hanging off me. I have to buy a new wardrobe. That was fun! It sure felt good to explain to the sales clerks that my shopping spree was because I had gone from size 12 to size 6! All because I stopped eating sugar.

I think it was at about two months that I stop using toothpaste. I can’t stand the taste of the sugar in it. (Yes, toothpaste has sugar in it!) I begin using baking soda and essential oils (peppermint, spearmint, or wintergreen) and my teeth are whiter than they’ve been for years. I’m not sure if that’s because of my no sugar diet or no toothpaste but I’m happy not to have spent hundreds on teeth whitening.

I also save money on teeth cleaning. A recent visit to the dentist reveals no cavities and no tartar or plaque so no need for cleaning. 

I notice that my appetite has diminished. I grew up a farm girl and I’ve always had the appetite of a hired hand, proudly able to keep up with my brother or my dad when it comes to putting away a piled up plate of food. I am also less prone to snacking in the evenings.

And the scale continues to show it. Five months into the “experiment” I am down 30 pounds. 

I notice my knees no longer crackle when I climb stairs, something that I had heard off and on since my 20’s. It makes sense. Sugar causes inflammation, which leads to lots of debilitating diseases like arthritis, perhaps even crackling knees!

I also notice that I have no pain. I spend one weekend moving ten pickup truck loads of furniture with my daughter. The old me would have been unable to get out of bed the next day with stiffness and soreness from using muscles that are usually inert. But I have no pain.

I have not had a headache, backache or any other body-part-ache since stopping sugar. I no longer keep over the counter pain medication in my home. It is not relevant.

Before stopping sugar I had done a hormone profile in an effort to address post-menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats. Four of the five hormones they measure were so low they didn’t register. I didn’t know it because I forgot to get my results until June. When I went for the results I suggested that I should redo the profile given that I was feeling so different. We did another profile.

The results were astonishing. All my hormones were in the middle of the normal range. My health care professional was astounded that removing sugar could make such a profound difference.

I am very happy about my own results but also sad to know that so many women are on risky Hormone Replacement Therapy when one simple change in their diets could bring them relief, and so many other benefits.

Altogether I lost 35 pounds, stabilizing in the last six months at the ideal weight for my height, a goal I have only achieved a couple times in my life and with great effort. This has been virtually effortless. My goal was not weight loss but I am happy to experience that benefit.

I am amazed by my energy. My husband says, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” Right now, I have to say 30! That is almost half my age. I know I can outrun and outwork most 30-year-olds. I keep up with my granddaughters (grandtoys) biking and hiking.

People often comment that I don’t look like a grandmother. I’ve started to reply, “I eat right” and I am amazed by how people are taken aback at this simple mantra. 

Many people say, “Oh, I could never give up sugar!” I used to think that too. 

I didn’t do it overnight. For years I was oblivious to the need for eliminating sugar, believing cutting back was good enough. It was a good start and looking back, it prepared me for quitting.  It simply wasn’t enough.

I learned that it doesn’t take much of this poison to cause crazy things to happen to your body. I never would have experienced all those benefits if I had not given up sugar entirely.

You might have great success simply by cutting down on sugar. I have to give it up because I can’t eat just one cookie; I need the whole bag. I can’t eat a two-inch piece of cake; it ends up being six inches! Remember my doughnut story? 

I am a sugar addict. One doesn’t need to drink alcohol to be an alcoholic. (Incidentally, I suspect alcoholism is a sugar addiction). 

I now find sweet fruits like pineapple, grapes and ripe bananas too sweet to eat. In the last few months, I’ve eaten less fruit. Mostly, it’s a snack or a treat once or twice a day. I usually gorge on in-season fruits like cherries. We’ll see if I have the same appetite for them this year.

I am personally astounded by the magnitude of the changes in my body and overall feeling of good health and energy simply because I consciously eliminated processed sugar from my diet.

Good health is a journey. We are all on different places on the path. I feel like I am many steps closer to my goal of optimum health because I gave up sugar. Knowing what I know now, I am convinced I will never go back to consuming copious amounts of sugar like I once did.

I have discovered that sugar isn’t so sweet after all.

Shelley Goldbeck is a Thinker, Writer, Speaker who knows a little about many things: general specialist or a special generalist! Rarely lacking an opinion, she’s the author of the blog,, where she shares her opinion on a variety of issues and topics. She’s the founder of, a site devoted to food education, one of her passions.

Shelley has a background in marketing, web site development and a history of common sense in business. She writes, publishes books, speaks on a variety of topics, writes and composes music and is an active member of the Cowboy Poetry community. 

Shelley reads two books per week from a number of genres. Her interests include but are not limited to grandchildren, gardening, and golf; reading, writing and real estate; music and marketing; health issues, cooking and eating real food; politics and learning foreign languages. 

Contact Shelley at

What To Do Now…

You might be thinking… yikes! I have a sugar addiction! What do I do?

Don’t worry, I can help. If you think you have an addiction to sugar and you’d like some assistance in breaking free once and for all I encourage you to register for my 12-week health coaching program. Within this program we will not only look at your diet and lifestyle as a whole but get you to the point where making healthy lifestyle choices is no longer a chore but who you are. Once you complete this program you will feel healthier, happier and be well on your way to living your best life. Click here to learn more about this program.

I hope these experiences, stories and information about the dangers of sugar help you to release your sugar addiction once and for all. Life is much sweeter without the stronghold of that white substance.

Until next time,


Rachel Joy Olsen, BSc., MBA

Author, Health & Wellness Coach