Well, I used to be an addict – a sugar addict. Yes, I consider sugar to be a drug and I’m not alone on this – a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine demonstrates that sugar affects the brain in the same way as cocaine.
As the granddaughter of a renowned pastry chef in Belgium, I was raised on a diet of pastries and breads. My mother and both my grandmothers were overweight and had Type 2 diabetes.
I remember being deeply shocked when my grandmother had to have her leg amputated, due to complications of her disease. I was 12 when she died, and I remember thinking that I wanted a different future for myself.
This longing for a healthier way of life led me to study nutrition, and I opened a wellness studio for women. But I continued to struggle with my addiction to sugar and my cravings for carbs, relying on willpower and exercise to control my weight and my cravings.
It took me until I was in my forties to really start digging into the science and psychology of food cravings and sugar addiction. Once I had this knowledge, I felt equipped and empowered to finally conquer my cravings.
Of course, it was challenging to change my eating habits in the beginning – I was a recovering addict after all. But shortly after the “withdrawal period”, I started to feel like I had more energy, more focus, and an enthusiasm for life. I didn’t feel deprived – instead I felt nourished by the good food I was eating and liberated from my reliance on sugar.
After living in several European countries, I made the move to beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona. It’s just a short trip to the mountains where I love to hike and enjoy the beauty of nature.