Junk food is my drug of choice

Junk food is my drug of choice

sandy-cox
SJ is part of a local writers group in Senoia that meets the third Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Senoia Library. You can also follow more of her writing at creativejuices-sjcox.tumblr.com.

Have you ever had a really bad day? I mean one so colossal that nothing seems to make it better and all you want to do is crawl in bed and throw the covers over your head to hide away from the world. That seems to be how my life is going these days, just one big, very bad, very long day. You see, just recently I have been hit with bad news and events that were out of my control all at the same time.
It’s never good news when you find out that you have to have surgery, but in my case I have been having back problems now for about nine months and have tried every form of treatment available with no success. The end result was to schedule surgery. Though I am happy about this, my doctor said I have to give up certain activities that I love very much. I cannot fully return to the life that I had before the injury. This made me very sad, as my husband and I had taken on Tae Kwon Do as a couples sport and was doing very well at it. Now, I have to be content to sit and watch my husband be successful at it rather than myself. That was a very large blow to my ego. Shortly thereafter I received the news that someone close to me had just been diagnosed with cancer and was going to have to undergo a very aggressive form of chemotherapy. The last addition to my ongoing, very bad day was that my favorite pet got terminally ill. Rather than see him suffer, I chose to do the humane thing and have him put to sleep. This has caused an unending ache and emptiness in my heart that will take some time to go away. Essentially I got hit from all sides and my world has been spinning out of control these past few days.
People choose to cope with their pain in a variety of ways. Some turn to friends and family, others turn to God and still others choose the unhealthy way of treating their pain with recreational drugs. I am not one for the use of drugs unless medicinally. Though I do pray and seek guidance from God and always have the support of my friends and family, I have found that junk food has become my drug of choice.
Recent studies have shown on brain scans that when consuming sugar the areas of your brain that light up are very similar to those areas of the brain affected when drug addicts use cocaine.  The same pleasure centers of the brain are affected, so in essence making sugar a drug to your body rather than a food. Hence the reason we as a society have become more and more dependent on sugar additives in our foods.
Growing up in a diabetic household, I was always told sugar was not good for me. My mother was always trying to steer me more towards healthy snacks like fruit and vegetables rather than cookies and candy. It seems now I can never get enough of it. I always thought it was just because I didn’t eat a lot of it growing up, but I guess now I know why. Sugar is an addiction like anything else, but when times are tough like they have been for me lately I will take junk food over anything else.
So though I do not condone recreational drug use of any kind, at least with junk food as a drug of choice you are not causing too much damage. You may be adding a few extra pounds, but if it tastes good and ebbs the pain than you may be only hurting yourself. So if you are hurting or having a very bad day, dive into your favorite bag of chips or candy bar. Once in a while won’t hurt you, it will only make you feel better.