If the reality of sugar addiction wasn’t such a serious problem in the United States, then this Times-Picayune story would be hilariously funny. It’s still pretty amusing, but is yet another example of just how damaging sugar has become.
The story notes that 20-year old Bryan Perrilloux was arrested on Monday night because he broke into a closed convenience store at 11:30 at night looking for doughnuts and Danishes. I’m not kidding! He punched a hole in the glass to get inside and cut himself all in his quest for the sugary pastries that his body apparently needed as bad as a drug addict needs his fix.
Perrilloux’s sugar withdrawals led him to take criminal action to get the hit he needed. He even admitted as much to the police officer who asked him why he did this. The response he gave was that he “just wanted some pastries.”
If this story is not a microcosm of the reality of sugar addiction in this day and age, then I don’t know what is. As much as sugar leads to obesity in so many people, it’s these other side effects to eating sugar that cause people like Perrilloux to do what he had to do to get it!
Despite our desire to eating pounds upon pounds of sugar annually, the plain and simple truth is that sugar CANNOT be a part of a healthy lifestyle! PERIOD! End of story! Praise God I was able to overcome my sugar addiction in 2004 when I started livin’ la vida low-carb and my life has improved so much since I kicked the habit. Of course, losing 180 pounds was a nice bonus, too! 😀
Because the American diet has changed so much in the last fifty or so years, we have a bunch of heavily-addicted people running around everywhere capable of doing what Perrilloux did on Monday night. Now I’m not say that ALL sugar addicts will turn to a life of crime to get their sugar fix, but this demonstrates how controlling this substance can be when you go long periods without having it. This DEFINITELY includes the equally-problematic high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as well.
That’s why it is and always will be RAT POISON to me and my body. I don’t need, don’t want it, don’t crave it–GOOD RIDDANCE! Even the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending sugar alternatives to help people get off of sugar for good for the sake of their weight and health.
What’s the lesson learned from this story? If you want to regain control back from sugar that has completely overtaken your body, then wean yourself off as soon as possible. For those people who don’t think they’re addicted to sugar, just try going without ANY for a month…heck, just do it for a week. You’ll feel it, my friend, TRUST ME! That was the worst part of beginning my low-carb lifestyle, but it was the best thing I could have ever done for myself.
Otherwise, we might be reading about YOU breaking into the Krispy Kreme doughnuts joint to get YOUR sugar fix. EEEK!
8-31-06 UPDATE: Read what my friend Suzanne from the “Waisted In The Wasteland” blog had to say about this story that happened in her local area.