In the piece titled “My lifelong struggle with sugar,” the 51-year-old journalist and liberal political commentator got real about recognizing her disordered eating and the steps she’s taking to address it. As of now, she says that her most successful tactic thus far has been through mindfulness therapy.
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Brzezinski said she was undergoing Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Dr. Gillian Galen from McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass.
“I was skeptical at first, because I have tried lots of different therapies and approaches to deal with my relationship with food,” she wrote. “But Dr. Galen has challenged me to think different about the very things that cause complications in my life.”
And although turning to therapy for her diet may seem extreme to some, the journalist was candid in explaining how she struggles with her relationship with food.
“If it has sugar in it, I love it. That includes candy like Butterfinger and Reese’s, icing, cookie dough, ice cream and Cocoa Krispies. I especially love chocolate and crave it after every meal,” Brzezinski revealed. “Alone in my car, I have even been known to eat the icing off six Hostess cupcakes.”
Brzezinski went on to say that the stress of co-hosting Morning Joe exacerbated her reliance on sugar to the point where she called it her “go-to binky.” Still, she noticed that its “negative impacts on my health and productivity.” She even recalled a moment during her current attempt to cut sugar out of her diet where the addiction impacted her relationship.
“On day six, I got really grumpy, and Joe and I got into a huge fight. He went out and bought me a huge caramel sundae and begged me to eat it,” she said. “Half joking, half imploring, he said our marriage depended on that sundae!”
Although she indulged, Brzezinski said that she continues to try to cut sugar out of her diet while she works to understand her emotional reliance on it before healthily reincorporating it in the future.
Some people online have had a negative reaction to the piece and have even poked fun at Brzezinski for talking about the topic so seriously.
OMG not sugar - you poor baby. How can you possibly cope? #BeStrong— Be Real (@quest_real) April 15, 2019
Oh man really. So sorry for you. Nothing else going on in the world. Thanks for this. You like sugar.— Steven Martin (@MartinScjn5666) April 15, 2019
Mika, you have the same addiction to hating Donald Trump. Go ahead and dismiss my comment. You are addicted to hating on Trump like you are with your addiction to sugar. Why can’t you be mindful of that?— David (@nilesinvt63) April 15, 2019
Sugar = Trump Derangement Syndrome— a_drian (@ace_drian) April 15, 2019
Many others, however, have praised her for her admission to a type of disordered eating that feels familiar to so many.
"Alone in my car, I have even been known to eat the icing off 6 Hostess cupcakes," @morningmika— SalenaZito (@SalenaZito) April 15, 2019
I respect this admission, never occurred to me I had a sugar problem (don’t have it much) til I gave it up for Lent— let me tell you that NEED is real https://t.co/K9lAbvyRha
Omg. You are talking about me. Your story is mine. I was telling my husband last week that i need to break my sugar addiction. I can do it.— Upinrunnin (@upinrunnin2) April 15, 2019
In recovery from other substances and sugar has been the most difficult. Thank you for sharing @morningmika— Stephanie “Sesame” Campbell (@sesame3434) April 15, 2019
I hear you, sister! Sugar has always been my drug of choice. It's hard to kick!— Optimistic_Ophelia (@Ophelia_Rose74) April 15, 2019
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