Type 1 Sugar Addiction - The Coffee Fanatic

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As I said in my first post, to beat sugar addiction, you need to figure out what type of sugar addict you are. Let’s begin with Type 1: the caffeine fanatic. Take the quiz below to find out you if you are a Type 1 Sugar Addict. If you are, I’ll teach you how to turbo charge your healthy energy production, so you won’t be craving the sugar and caffeine.

      1. Do you feel tired much of the time? (20 points)
      2. Do you need coffee to get jumpstarted in the morning? (10 points)
      3. Do you experience a mid-afternoon slump? (10 points)
      4. Do you have occasional insomnia? (20 points)
      5. Are you gaining weight or having trouble losing weight? (1 point for every 2 pounds gained over the past three years)
      6. What is the average number of ounces of caffeinated coffee or soda you drink daily? (2 points for each ounce)
      7. What is the average number of ounces of “energy drinks” containing sugar or caffeine that you drink daily? (6 points for each ounce)
      8. Do you repeatedly crave sweets or caffeine to give you the energy to get through the day? (25 points)
      9. Are you working more than 40 hours a week? (2 points for each hour over 40)

Type 1 Sugar Addiction: Score

0-30: No problem. Stay tuned for upcoming posts on the different sugar addiction types.

31-60: Treating Type 1 Sugar Addiction will help you feel a lot better.

More than 60: You are a sugar and caffeine junkie. Maybe you are simply exhausted by the pace of modern life and have found that sugar and caffeine give you a quick energy boost. What you’ve likely missed is that these are also “energy loan sharks,” which a few hours later can leave you even more tired. Borrowing money from a loan shark is a bad idea, and so is getting your energy from energy loan sharks.

Treating Type 1 Sugar Addiction ― Think “SHINE”

SHINE stands for [S]leep, [H]ormonal support, [I]nfections, [N]utritional support and [E]xercise. I developed this treatment approach after 30 years of clinical experience treating patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, and I have found that SHINE is successful in the vast majority of people with low energy.

  • Sleep. Make time for seven to eight hours sleep a night. Begin by cutting out the things that give you the least pleasure (hint: the evening news, meetings and social gatherings you hate, etc.). If you have trouble sleeping, natural therapies can be very helpful.
  • Hormonal support. Consider that you may have an underactive thyroid, even if your blood tests are normal. For in-depth information about thyroid disease, read “The Hidden Epidemic: Is Your Thyroid Making You Fat?”
  • Infections. You may have chronic bladder, prostate, or other infections. Chronic sinusitis and spastic colon (which suggest a type 3 sugar addiction) are especially common and problematic.
  • Nutritional support. A simple morning energy drink that includes a good multivitamin and nutrient powder along with, ironically, a healthy sugar called ribose, can give outstanding nutritional support and turbo charge energy production. In fact, in a recently completed study, ribose (Corvalen) increased energy by an average of 60 percent after just three weeks.
  • Exercise. Preferably out in the sunshine.

For many, simply getting nutritional support and a 20-30 minute walk each day, along with a bit more sleep will make all the difference. If you have both severe exhaustion and severe insomnia you may have chronic fatigue syndrome.

In my next post, I’ll talk about “Feed Me Now or I’ll Kill You,” the Type 2 Sugar Addict.

Love & blessings,

Dr. T