Confessions of an Ex-Sugar Junkie

by Belinda on April 7, 2011

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They say never to judge a book by its cover and when it comes to me – it that couldn’t be truer! People who don’t know me, automatically assume I have been working out all my life, eating well and looking great.

That couldn’t be further from the truth! I was a sickly asthmatic child that missed a lot of school due, was hospitalized often, even once in Intensive Care.

Once I put that behind me I went on to live the “executive stressed” lifestyle that involved long hours, not much sleep and little to no private life. Needless to say, I became a sugar junkie – and began the addictive cycle of snacking on sweet things to keep restoring my energy levels (along with around 10 cups of coffee a day with 3 teaspoons of sugar in each). You name it – I sucked it down. An assortment of lollies (candies) in my office desk draw, purse, car, emergency stash, I was a regular at the coffee room biscuit (cookie) jar, ice cream, chocolate and pure unadulterated sugar (is that an oxymoron?).

One day I woke up at age 37 and realized my lower body was completely covered in cellulite and not only that, everything……“jiggled”. That was the beginning of change. It didn’t happen overnight but step by step I began to transform my lifestyle and my body. But giving up sugar was by far the hardest thing I had to do. It was so addictive.

I won’t give you a chemistry lesson why – just know, it is addictive!

Long story short, I was able to break the habit and discover a new way of eating – sugar free, mood swing free, cellulite free and free from that “toxic haze” feeling that you get when you are constantly on a sugar-high.

One of the ways I was able to do it was replacing refined sugars with natural sources that are gradually released into your blood stream in a healthy way rather than getting one “hit” of sweetness. This includes combining the right foods like fruits with complex low-glycemic carbohydrates that slow down digestion and allow your body to assimilate the goodness naturally so that you have constant energy levels, no hunger pangs and powerhouse nutrition. I began to have more energy, better sleeps at night and my skin started to look amazing.

One of the secrets to this dramatic change was having the right recipes and snacks available so that when temptation came – I had a healthy alternative. Hey listen here, don’t think I don’t get tempted even today! I still have to work at it and that’s why I have been making such a fuss about Metabolic Cooking and my Top 20 Superfood Snacks. Because I know it works.

Over the last month I have been testing everything out during my current leaning out program – I had the goal to reach 120 pounds by the end of April to see the progress of my hard work over the last few months. Those of you on my Facebook Fanpage probably already saw the video but just in case here it is again (sorry for being a show pony but I am proud of my progress!):

So how do you do it? Here is a quick snapshot of what Metabolic Cooking is all about.

Here is a sample of Breakfasts:

Here is a sample recipe:

What do the icons mean?

What does this mean for you?

If you are a wanna be ex-sugar, carbohydrate or junk food addict then take that first step and get your hands on something concrete than can really make a difference. Don’t just wish it was different. Do something different!

Read Part 1: Metabolic Cooking for Dummies

Read Part 3: Q & A re: Sugar/Fat/Carbohydrate Addiction and Body Fat

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Paul June 8, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Hi Belinda it’s amazing that you used to take 30 tsp of sugar a day in your coffee alone. How unhealthy that must have been ! You’ve made an amazing transformation over the last 10 yrs, you’re an inspiration to anyone. Congrats on reaching your pullup goal, now you need to add weight to your belt to make them even harder ! I hope your training and diet are going well

Paul :)


Roberto Flores April 20, 2011 at 7:31 am

Great info about the sugar!!! I ‘ve been doing a program for the past month, try to cut sugar and instead use natural fruits. A whole different ball game!!! I am feeling great, but my wife is a snacker, and a bowl of icecream at 10 pm. Its been hard but I feel great having my diet. When you have a partner that eats terrible, my daughter get the sugar addiction too. When I am not at home. Bad eating happens on the house. anyway friend. thanks for the great tips!! got to do some workout at the gym!!!


Belinda April 20, 2011 at 7:46 am

Hey Roberto! Yes it is hard when you are surrounded by temptations, but keep focusing on how great you are feeling without those sugar highs and lows, having more energy, sleeping better and getting more out of your workouts. Stick with it and you won’t look back!


Marie April 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I personally know people who seem to live on sugar like you did, Belinda!
My Dad at 81 years old is addicted to sugar and carbs, thats all he seems to live on. A cup of tea with two heaped sugars and some sweet biscuits and he goes for hours, then suddenly slumps and falls asleep if he’s sitting down.
I’m hoping to help him change and educate him about healthy eating as he is temporarily coming to live with me while he gets treatment for lung cancer. He’s gonna need the nutrients from healthy food to help him get through his treatment.


Belinda April 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Hi Marie, sorry to hear about your Dad. He is blessed to have you – and your nutritious cooking will be a God-send during his recovery. Even at 81 it’s never to late. My Mum is turning 70 this year and still making changes for the better – I am so proud of her. I am thinking of you and your Dad, I hope he recovers quickly. xoxo


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