SUGAR ADDICTION, GENETICS, AND ALCOHOLISM
Saturday, December 29, 2018
I’ve wondered about this for some time. I’ve heard from some people that there are a lot of sweet treats at AA meetings because alcoholics, even if beating the alcohol addiction, have a tough time with sugar. My bio dad (whom I’ve never met or even seen a pic) was an alcoholic. In my biology classes in both high school and college, I marveled at the wonders of genetics. And, of course, they always include the “nature vs. nurture” issue. But really, if genes can dictate things like gender, hair, and eye color, imagine what they dictate when it comes to our personality traits.
All this to say that maybe my lifelong sugar addiction was not only about willpower (or lack thereof), but also due to something bigger than me; predisposition? My pondering is not to transfer blame for this issue, but provide deeper understanding as to why it has been so hard for me. To feel like less of a failure in taming the monster sooner than I have now. I’ve never been a drinker. But I’ve been a “sugarer.”
Last night I dreamt that I was with a group of people who were eating ginormous deserts. Even in my dream, I was impressed at how I didn’t even want any. No second thoughts. No tug-of-war. Nothing. Hooray if my sub-conscious has finally gotten the message.
Guess what? For those who’ve been following my blog meanderings, I heard yesterday that the gym is FINALLY doing a major revamping of the pool. Which means what? Not that I’ll ever be chlorine tolerant, but maybe a time or two a week? I miss it so much.
Wishing all a fun, happy day.