Finding and Building Lasting Recovery
Do you eat in secret?
Have you hidden the evidence of your eating from family or friends?
Do you feel guilty about your food choices?
Do you feel guilty by the way you eat food(s)?
Are you unable to stop yourself, once you start eating certain foods?
Have diets always been temporary?
Is staying on a diet painful and exhausting or even futile?
Do you live in constant debate about what foods to eat and what foods to avoid/limit?
Does this debate follow you to the grocery store?
Do you tell yourself, "Just one more!" over and over again.
Do you have shame around your eating?
If so, you may be suffering from a chemical dependency on certain foods/ingredients.
Trigger Free Nutrition can help!
ARE YOU ADDICTED TO SUGAR?
S-UNCOPE Assessment Tool (revised 2017)
Unplanned Use: In the past year, have you eaten more carbs than you meant to? Or have you spent more time eating and using them than you intended to?
Neglected: Have you ever neglected any of your usual daily responsibilities because of using carbs and/or overeating?
Cut down: Have you felt that you wanted or needed to cut down on overeating carbs, during the last year?
Objected: Has anyone objected to you overeating carbs? Or did your family, a friend, or anyone else ever tell you they objected to your eating habits?
Preoccupied: Have you ever found yourself preoccupied with wanting carbs? Have you found yourself thinking a lot about unhealthy carbs?
Emotional discomfort: Have you ever used carbs to relieve emotional discomfort, such as fatigue, sadness, anger, or boredom etc.?
If you have answered yes two or more times, Trigger Free Nutrition can help!
Adapted by David Avram Wolfe MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, FAC and Bitten Jonsson RN
SUGAR ADDICTION EVALUATION
The assessment and mapping tool SUGAR® is a structured interview that examines your relationship with sugar, flour, processed food and the related consequences it has caused in your life. Prior to the development of SUGAR® there was no evaluation instrument available for ”food addiction.”
SUGAR® is based on the diagnostic criteria for harmful use, pathological use and addiction to mind-altering (psychoactive) drugs as described in the ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases.) New research has shown that sugar/flour, and highly processed foods can act as psychoactive drugs on the human reward system, especially to those individuals with a predisposition towards addiction.
Completing the SUGAR® instrument assessment will evaluate if you have harmful use or pathological use (addiction) and the addiction development curve (created from the map) will show, describe and detail you your relationship with sugar/flour/food and how it has progressed over the course of your life. There is no better way to identify if you may have a sugar addiction.
This tool will jump start your recovery! This tool is a powerful motivational tool and the best way to start!
WHAT DOES SCIENCE HAVE TO SAY?
Sugar Addiction Research
There is no doubt in my mind that addiction to sugar is real. Here are a few examples of why I am a believer.
THE PREVALENCE OF FOOD ADDICTION IN A LARGE SAMPLE OF ADOLESCENTS
We found that 2.6% of a large Dutch adolescent sample between 14 and 21 years of age met the criteria for a food addiction ‘diagnosis’, and that substance use and sugar consumption were positively associated with symptoms of food addiction.
WHICH FOODS MAY BE ADDICTIVE? THE ROLES OF PROCESSING, FAT CONTENT, AND GLYCEMIC LOAD
The current study found that highly processed foods, with added amounts of fat and/or refined carbohydrates (e.g., sugar, white flour), were most likely to be associated with behavioral indicators of addictive-like eating.
EVIDENCE THAT ‘FOOD ADDICTION’ IS A VALID PHENOTYPE OF OBESITY
To summarize, our findings have demonstrated strong parallels between food and substance abuse in a group of obese adults recruited from the community.
BEHAVIORAL AND NEUROCHEMICAL EFFECTS OF INTERMITTENT, EXCESSIVE SUGAR INTAKE
The reviewed evidence supports the theory that, in some circumstances, intermittent access to sugar can lead to behavior and neurochemical changes that resemble the effects of a substance of abuse. According to the evidence in rats, intermittent access to sugar and chow is capable of producing a “dependency”.