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Why sensitive women eat too much sugar

I am very recently home from a third trip to Peru within the last 13 months or so. Each experience I’ve had has been ENTIRELY different. During this recent adventure, I experienced the vast polarity between blissful, ecstatic states the region is known for and the heavier grit and shadow side that the city of Iquitos seems to carry.

By the last couple days of my trip, I knew I was getting run down so spent my remaining time resting and catching up on sleep and ‘introverting’ much more.

The trip ended with some added overwhelm.

A 16-hour trip back home to the States shifted dramatically as one initial late flight resulted in three missed connections, over 3 days of travel, sleeping in the Lima airport terminal, staying awake through the night trying to arrange a new international flight home with very little initial help from Peruvian Airlines, and the stress of the very chaotic airport ambiance in the Lima airport.

A day before me and my travel companions finally left for the States, I was exhausted, feeling my immune system struggling to keep up, and worried about the crunch I’d have to dive into once I finally returned home with less transition time.

So I did what any frustrated, stranded person would do in a fancy hotel (the airline finally gave us one night in the hotel across the street)

I treated myself to a delicious, expensive Peruvian lunch and indulged in a gorgeous and large dessert platter with flavors and textures that would delight any food connoisseur. Bite by bite, I enjoyed it, and then there came a point where I stopped enjoying my lovely dessert…but I kept eating it anyway and didn’t feel so great afterwards.

Here is a little example of a neutral eating event that can happen to anyone of us.

The food itself wasn’t the problem.

But the energy behind it needed a big hug. My utter exhaustion plus intense frustration (an usual combo) activated my lower, younger instincts leading me to a temporary escape route when I was really needing support, a kind ear, and some empathic mirroring.

I wanted to share this little story to segway into something very common – the sensitivity/overwhelm/sugar connection.

This connection is not unusual for people in general, but especially common for those with sensitive constitutions. Overwhelm can undoubtedly effect one’s eating habits.

Today I’m sharing 14 common causes of overwhelm, why sugar makes perfect sense, and how to strengthen your inner resources so overwhelm becomes far less overwhelming.

Overwhelm – anything you experience as “system overload.” This can be environmental, body-based, or emotionally oriented.

What may lead to overwhelm:

  • Chaotic outer environment with no perceivable escape

  • Taking in too much news/violence in the media

  • Not enough sleep

  • Going too long without eating

  • Feeling unwell/sick

  • Picking up on the unconscious energies in the environment or people around you

  • Excessive worry

  • Physical pain

  • An emotional trigger that hijacks the system — without a grounded ego to stay present

  • An inner critic attack

  • The upwelling of emotional intensity

  • Feeling of having too much going on all at once

  • Inner pressure to do a lot/accomplish a lot at once

  • Experiencing powerful conflicting needs without a clear resolution

  • Any feeling of being trapped

The overwhelm/sugar connection can make perfect sense for the following reasons:

  • Sugar (a substance that sensitives are, well, sensitive to) can result in a numbed, spacey, disembodied feeling

  • A “sugar problem” can become an issue to focus on with a clearer solution than the actual experience at hand

  • Eating a non-agreeable amount of sugar can transmute emotional discomfort into physical discomfort, something that is largely more acceptable to deal with in the West

  • The warm, gooey experience of sugar can initially provide a sense of comfort

  • Sugar can temporarily r