1/4/13 at 11:53 AM 1 Comments

Changing An Unhealthy Habit: Sugar Addiction and Your Brain

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I used no sugar in my morning coffee today - Day #4. Read about my motivation for making this behavior change in an earlier post - Why Adding Sugar to My Coffee is a Sin.

Not only have I not used sugar in my daily coffee, I've been deliberate in trying not to eat other simple sugars, as I know that sugar is not good for my body and health.

I'd say that my body is probably beginning to make some changes - neurologically and physiologically. Sugar is said to stimulate the brain by activating beta endorphin receptor sites, the same chemicals activated in the brain by the ingestion of heroin and morphine. (Read more about Sugar Addiction on Wikipedia.)

Because my mind is not anticipating the sweet taste of coffee I had been accustomed to, it's making it easier to settle into my devotional time without the early morning 'sugar fix' I've experienced for years and years.

If you're changing a habit you've had for years, remember that part of the change that is occurring is happening in your brain. The neuro pathways that we've developed in our brains over the years are slowly changing. As these pathways change, the 'signals' we get will be different. In my case, I'm not getting the mental anticipation and urge to quickly make my morning coffee with sugar to 'feed' my brain. My craving for this fix is fading.

If you're making a health related change along with me, I'd love to hear about it. Simply add a comment and I'll be sure to respond.

Have a blessed day!

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