Wow, finally, I have been waiting for someone to make a thread such as this.
I believe this to be exactly true. Here is a great example as to why:
My mother started working civil service when she was just 19. She had to be ther early and therefor got up early in the morning. So naturally, she
looked for something that would give her a boost in the morning. So, she started to drink coffee (which was cheap at a measley 5 cents a cup then).
Of course, what goes in coffee, but sugar. She began to drink it more and more with more and more sugar. Up to two pots or more a day. Now, people
say coffee can have negative effects, and surely it can give you a high which drops you down to a low later in the day.
She retired over 13 years ago. She was married for 35 tumultuous years. I remember my parents fighting everyday (just about) of my childhood. My
mom always, and I mean always had erratic behaviour. very high highs and very low lows. People who could hear here from other houses (yeah, that
bad) thought she was either crazy or had some form of manic depression. I looked into it and came to the conclusion she has some extreme form of
anxiety disorder, maybe coupled with some depression. I left home when I was 18 hoping to escape the madness...lol. Anyway, getting to the point
when I was 22 I opened a cafe. Where we would serve all sorts of different coffee drinks, espresso drinks and pretty much anything with sugar. My
mom began to live with me after her and my father divorced. And of course I would help her feed her habit practically everyday. Being in the coffee
industry I tried t learn about it as much as I could. I came across a study done by harvard medical institute (or something like that) and there
basic message that coffee is not bad for your body, but if you have any symptoms of anxiety then you should not be drinking it. So that is what i
attributed her symptoms to, and I tried to force her to stop drinking coffee. It didnt work. Anyway, trying to move on here.
Another thing my mom (whom never was heavy set) used to do was to eat at least 1 doghnut a day. A normal person, could maybe eat one a few times a
week, maybe. They kinda get repulsive after too many imo. So here we have a lady that has drinken 2 pots of coffee a day to go with at least 1 if
not more than 1 doughnut a day for 35+ years. Today, she is 63, still drinks her coffee with sugar multiple times a day. But now, because coffee has
gotten a little more expensive she has limited how much coffee grains she uses by at least half, but still adds the same amount of sugar.
That is when I realized what her addiction really is. It is not the coffee like I thought for all these years. It is the sugar in her coffee that
has employed and supplemented her emotional sickness for the last 30+ years. I noticed everything she ate besides some dinner had sugar in it. I
dont want to paint a bad picture of her. She is truly one of the most generous people you will ever know and has been a good mother, but she has
always succomed and battled with her emotions and being on these highs and lows. Besides everyone that tried to help her in my years as a child
growing up, i have tried to confront her about it recently, but she just brushes it off and wont listen to a thing me or my wife tells her. She
believs there is nothing wrong with her intake of sugar.
The sad thing is is that she goes to bed almost everynight closer to 7:30 than a normal time of 9 or 10ish because she gets so tired when she comes
down from her little sugar buzzes from drinking her morning sweetness...She still goes throug her highs and lows and wont get off
...but i appreciate this thread, becasue i believe it to be very true.
Hopefully someone will learn from this that needs to learn.