I heard Dr. Janet Maccaro say on a network show, “Whatever you bury inside, buries you.” She is the author of A Woman’s Body Balanced by Nature. Sounds like a book every woman should read. A woman in balance. A nature-balanced woman. A woman I know very well, comes immediately to mind. I’m planning on ordering this book for this woman. Her name is Sue. And she is me. 🙂

You might think of your year in seasons like, winter – spring – summer – fall. This sugar-addict-turned-holistic-attempting-dried-fruit-nut, used to categorize my year this way: Valentine candy hearts, Girl Scout Cookies, Easter peanut butter eggs, candy corn and Christmas cookies. That’s my definition of the seasons. And since I’m aware of my insatiable desire for sweets (no matter what it is), I bury all the reasons why I have such an addiction to begin with: Sugar tastes good. It’s an instant fix, an instant high with a deadly future.

I haven’t completely deleted all sugar from my so-called diet or way of life, but I’m not eating nearly as much as I used to. There’s an irony in this process too. While not giving in to my palate’s desires while guarding the intake of “sweet,” I uncover some unfinished business in my spiritual and emotional reality. How can this be? How in the world can something so simple as deleting sugar expose a raw nerve or a discovery about my inner self.

Health professionals are in agreement: Sugar is in just about everything you eat. It covers up anything that (on its own) doesn’t taste good. Keeping that in mind, it takes great discipline to read labels, to learn what foods (natural or not) are low in a glycemic index, and to keep the sugary processed stuff out of your mouth. I’m not an expert but I read labels and I also see the huge difference in my body and disposition when I just stay away from the sweet stuff.

“So, what is this really about, Sue??”

  • I deleted the sugar (the fluff, the addiction, the cover-up) to find that there’s no replacing what the power of the Holy Spirit can do.
  • I deleted the sugar (the trends, the competition, the rat race) to find out that God is more concerned about what my real motives are.
  • I deleted the sugar (the pride, the need to be right, the controlling spirit) to find out that my knees need to bow daily to Him and not the intoxicating toxin called ego. All along it’s been the sugar of my own gospel that’s been hiding all this stuff.

It’s a good thing to overcome an addiction. Don’t get buried in a sugar bowl.

Ironically, I speak and sing for events around the country called “Chocolate & Chuckles!” (I eat the strawberries!) And my latest album is called Sweet Life. But the real teaser and twist to it all is – nothing, absolutely nothing – is sweeter than a real relationship with Jesus Christ. Now that takes the cake… No cover up here.

Sue Duffield is a musician, speaker and humorist based in Nashville. She is an alumnus of Delanco Camp and has performed at Camp Meeting. This post originally appeared on her blog.

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