How I am beating my sugar-craving addiction with this one simple, easy, and cheap trick.
Do you find yourself constantly thinking about desserts and chocolate and pastries? Is the desire so strong that you can’t stop thinking about it until you get your next fix? Then welcome to my world!
Hi. I’m Jen and I am a sugar-aholic. There’s no denying that I’m a sugar addict.
The good news? There is HOPE! With this one simple trick, I was able to beat my sugar-craving addiction and it is nothing short of MIRACULOUS. And because I have had such great success, I want to share with you how I am beating my sugar craving addiction!
What is an addiction?
When I talk to people about being addicted to sugar, they will agree they are addicted too and we laugh it off! But are they really addicted? Are you truly addicted?
What is an addiction? It’s an intense, compulsive need to regularly have something that becomes habit-forming to the point that it is harmful.
When you see an alcoholic or drug addict, it’s easy to judge them because of the damage it causes in their life. The addiction is not only harmful to their bodies, but it is harmful to their relationships.
I have friends, family and neighbors who have or have had addictions to drugs, alcohol, gambling, and pornography. Their addiction is to the point where it has damaged relationships and their lives.
Why am I an addict? My mind won’t stop thinking about chocolate, pastries, sugar, and desserts all day long until I get my next “fix”. That “fix” often leads to over indulgence to the point where I eat so much of it that it makes me sick, and then I’m mad at myself because I give in. I’ll feel ashamed and curse myself for not having the willpower to resist. Then the cycle starts all over again.
So I actually understand the addiction. I may not know the intensity of someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol, but I understand it. If I can’t even give up sugar, I can only imagine how hard it must be to conquer a drug or alcohol addiction.
Lack of willpower isn’t to blame
Sugar and chocolate are physically addictive. It’s not about willpower. Dr. Neal Barnard, founder of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), provides the science behind chocolate and sugar addictions. In a nutshell, he shows that chocolate and sugar have an opiate-like substance that are released in your brain, which in turn triggers the release of another brain chemical called dopamine, which is responsible for everything that feels good.
Sugar, essentially, is a drug; not necessarily a terribly bad one or a terribly strong one but it has drug-like effects working through the opiate system in the brain and that is why we’re driven to it; especially when you need a little “anesthesia”. If you’re angry, depressed, tired, alone, we tend to turn to these foods, especially at that time. It’s a drug effect.
It doesn’t help either that the food industry makes it readily available in so many foods that it ends up piling up in your system.
Chocolate isn’t just sugar. It has:
- Caffeine (5-10mg)–compared to coffee (100mg)
- Theobromine – a mild stimulant for humans that can be fatal to dogs. That is why we are cautioned to not give them chocolate.
- Phenylethylamine – is an amphetamine-like compound that is in chocolate, sausage, and cheese
- Chocolate slows breakdown of anandamide. Anandamide is the compound in the brain that is affected by THC (which is the active ingredient in marijuana). Anandamide is the brain chemical that is turned on by that chocolate; chocolate causes that effect to persist.
So chocolate isn’t really a drug–it’s the whole drug store wrapped up all in one!
The Secret Sauce
Currently, I have been in control of my sugar cravings for the last 2 months! That is nothing short of MIRACULOUS!
It’s crazy how I have been able to pass up desserts and chocolate and pastries. Not because I don’t love them (because they are amazing), but because I haven’t had an intense craving where I HAVE to have it, where I’m thinking about it all day, and am dreaming about my next fix.
In December I purchased a book on essential oils called “The Reference Guide for Essential Oils” on Amazon.
As I was thumbing through it, I saw that “Dill Essential Oil” helps remove addiction to sweets!
Is this an answer to my prayers? No drugs? No surgeries? No doctors? No fancy pills? No interventions? Just a plain ole little bottle of Dill Essential Oil? Is this too good to be real? Is it really that simple? Is it really that easy?
Before I jump into anything, I do lots of research. I scour the web and read whatever I can get my hands on. I read so many articles on using Dill to overcome addiction to sweets that it made my head spin. I read many articles of success from those who have used it, too. One of the most helpful articles I read was at InMyOwnStyle.com.
It sounded harmless and I thought, “Why not?”.
Where to Buy Dill Essential Oil
Not all essential oils are alike. There are so many brands on the market, it can be hard to know which ones are inferior and which are superior and pure. Be sure to read the labels. The essential oil label should say 100% pure and not “blend” or “with jajoba/almond” as that means they are already diluted and not a pure essential oil.
I researched the following companies that seemed to have the highest ratings for pure essential oils:
How to Use Dill Essential Oil
- Because essential oils are of high grade, many need to be mixed with what is called a carrier oil (a vegetable-oil base) to dilute it before applying to the skin. If you use it without the carrier oil, it may cause a reaction that can cause a light burn. True carrier oils are generally cold-pressed or macerated:
- Apricot oil
- Avocado oil
- Borage seed oil
- Canola (rapeseed)
- Emu oil
- Evening primrose
- Grapeseed oil
- Jojoba oil
- Olive oil
- Sesame oil
- Sunflower oil
- Nut oils (i.e., sweet almond, walnut, peanut, pecan, macadamia, fractionede coconut oil, hazelnut oil, cocoa butter)
- To get ready to mix the oils, you can buy an eye dropper. I purchased my eye dropper at Walgreens. However, when my coworker brought me a roll-on refillable glass bottle, I thought she was a genius! So I bagged the eye dropper and went with the roll-on. It is so much easier to work with!
- If you are using an eye dropper, every morning mix 1 drop of carrier oil with 1 drop of Dill Oil in the palm of your hand and using your index finger, mix them together and spread it on the insides of your wrists just below the palms of your hands. Rub your wrists together to penetrate the oil.
- If you are using the roll-on, mix half carrier oil and half Dill Oil in the bottle and snap on the roller top lid. In the morning, shake the bottle, and roll the oil mixture to the insides of your wrists just below the palms of your hands. Then rub your wrists together to penetrate the oil.
- After you do this, you’re probably wondering if you will smell like a pickle the rest of the day! The answer is a big fat NO. You will smell like a pickle for about 15 minutes after applying it, but then it penetrates into your skin and no one will be the wiser. How do I know this? Because Mr. Chef or Sister Chef would let me know if I stunk! So be patient as it works its magic.
I have applied Dill Essential Oil faithfully each morning and after one week I felt like my cravings were in control!
When I came upon a chocolate dessert that I normally would gorge on, I suddenly felt in control. I took a taste of the chocolate and set it back down. I tried it again and I set it back down. It tasted like chocolate, it had the mouth feel of chocolate, it smelled delicious like chocolate, but the appeal of it was largely gone.
Have I given up on desserts completely? No. I will occasionally indulge in a treat. But the difference is I have not had one sugar craving attack since I’ve been applying Dill Essential Oil to my wrists! This is nothing short of MIRACULOUS.
Will I have to apply this every day for the rest of my life? No. Once I got past the initial week to three weeks, I began to apply it every 3-4 days, then I went cold turkey and I now only apply it if I feel an urge creeping in.
Will this work for you? I don’t know. Everyone responds differently to essential oils. But if you are like me, it doesn’t hurt to try.
If you have allergies to Dillweed, you will not be able to use this product. And, of course, if you are pregnant or have epilepsy, you shouldn’t use Dill Essential Oil without consulting your doctor first.
If you try this method for overcoming your sugar craving addiction, let me know. I’d love to hear how it worked for you.