Hey there! Happy Thursday! I hope most of you have a nice long weekend ahead of you. I unfortunately do not but think I might be feeling “under the weather.” 😉
Part of my training to become a health coach we were also given materials to host several presentations. One of them being about the harmful affects of sugar. During my talks I usually focus on how bad the artificial sweeteners are for you. I promote eating real sugar if you need to have something sweet rather then the fake stuff!
The reason I wanted to talk about regular old sugar is twofold. One I think I have been eating too much sugar and two I feel like a fraud for not practicing what I preach.
Sugar qualifies as an addictive substance for 2 reasons:
Eating the smallest amount leaves us with the desire for more
Suddenly quitting causes withdrawal symptooms such as headaches, mood swings, cravings and fatigue.
A few months ago I gave my Sugar Blues presentation to my co-workers and they all really enjoyed it and I think its safe to say I got most if not all of them off the fake sugar bus. However they all now come to me asking for advice when craving sugar and I give it to them. But then I go home and eat some chocolate chips the second I crave it, insert me calling myself a hypocrite and that I should practice what I preach.
My problem is 2 things, I eat my feelings. If I have a bad day or stressful day when I tend to crave sweets. If I am a week before my period and during my period I want something sweet.
I don’t want to deprive myself. I think this is where everything stems from, I deprived myself so much that now I make it an effort to make sure I satisfy a craving when I have it. I don’t ever want to go back to where I was so giving into that craving sets my mind at ease. (this statement may or may not make any sense to you).
Starting April 1st I am going to be making a very conscious effort to eliminate sugar from my diet. I know it will be very hard for me but I think if I stop and think about what it is I truly want before I go and pour myself a handful of chocolate chips it will help me reduce my sugar intake. After all that is what I tell most of my friends/clients to do and it has been working for them.
I am going to think of what I am really craving before I grab for the chocolate.
I am going to allow myself 15 minutes to think about it after I crave it (I once read somewhere that if you are craving something to wait 15 minutes and you usually end up forgetting about it).
I will have dessert only when its something that I truly want and am not just eating it because I am bored or having a bad day.
Edit to add: I am not giving up sugar completely I am just trying to really listen to my bodies wants and needs before I go searching for candy. Ideally I would like to only have sugar once or twice a week. This everyday habit needs to be kicked to the curb!
Who will be joining me?
Do you think you eat too much sugar?
What do you find yourself craving the most?
Chocolate, 16 handles
Fun fact: after I gave my Sugar Blues presentation at work everyone started calling ti Sugar Babies!
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