So, you’ve got:
- An expanding waistline
- Your doctor telling you to lose some weight
- Metabolic syndrome (or some other chronic illness)
- Your brain telling you to disregard everything you’ve read about sugar. And BTW, grab a Snickers, please
- And, your family thinks you’ve become a health nut
On behalf of all of us who’ve walked in your shoes, let me say, “Welcome!”
It ain’t easy standing in your own truth, but it sure does feel good.
7 Tips For Reducing Your Sugar Cravings
The most important thing for you to remember during all of this is to be gentle on yourself. Go get a massage or call Luxe Limos to squire you around a bit so you feel pampered. (Here’s their address: www.luxelimoservice.com)
You’re about to embark on an epic journey and you haven’t even called Captain Jack Sparrow. Here are the 7 tips I used and still use to get off of sugar, and stay off.
- The first thing you should know about eliminating sugar from your diet is this:
It’s a “two steps forward and one step back” process. Don’t beat yourself up because your brain insisted you slide back.
Nobody, and I mean nobody, gets off sugar cold turkey. You’re dealing with an insidious addiction that’s supported by the world and promoted heavily by processed food manufacturers! So when you eat doughnuts, candy bars, and chocolate cake, don’t beat yourself up. The good news is you’ll probably feel a little sick because you ate it and you’ll feel a bit guilty. Let those two work for you, for once!
And let’s not forget your ego. It will surely come raging forward and declare, “You can’t do this! You’re not strong enough!”
You are strong enough and you can do it. Just be gentle with yourself. You have to realize this is a beast you have to tame. Nobody gets it right the first time. One caveat. Just because it’s difficult doesn’t mean that when you slide back, you eat a whole cake! If you do eat a whole cake, then yes, beat yourself up. A slice of cake? Well, that’s different.
2. Get rid of all processed food in your home. This one piece of advice is worth the weight you’re going to lose. (Is that 10 pounds? 20 pounds? More?) Once I got rid of all that sugary stuff, I was forced to find something healthier to eat.
3. Keep nuts as part of your detox from sugar plan. Also keep some honey on hand. Make sure it’s locally harvested. That stuff in the grocery stores is crap. Protein is king because it balances your blood sugar, which greatly reduces sugar cravings. That’s why you want to keep plenty of protein on hand. Eggs, nuts, seeds, fish, chicken, and grass fed beef are now your new best friend. If the craving for sugar becomes so bad you think you’re going to die or kill someone, then add a little honey to the nuts and eat that. It really helps!
4. Surround yourself with people who support your healthy food choices. This is vital to making the transition. If you keep hanging around the people that put out negative waves about eating healthier, you’ll sink like the Titanic.
5. Eat more fat! Yes, you heard correctly. I’m not talking about McDonald’s fat; that’s a big no-no. It’s important to understand that fat doesn’t make you fat, sugar does. Fat actually balances sugar intake and makes you feel full. So keep nuts and nut butters on hand as your go-to staple when you feel your brain tricking you.
6. Don’t give in to your initial craving. You’ll want something sweet to stop the craving. Reach for nuts or nut butters instead! You will be amazed at how quickly that sugar craving disappears.
7. De-stress. Okay, this one is hard for me, too. I seem to be a stress monkey. Go to a yoga class, take a walk, do deep breathing exercises, or all three. Stress increases the hormone cortisol, which makes you hungry. Simply taking 5 slow deep breaths, counting as you go, 1-2-3-4-5, as you inhale, and count again on the exhale. That one simple trick will make you feel like you’re riding in luxury limousine. Totally awesome.
This helps to lower your stress. Do this exercise BEFORE you eat. You’ll love the results!
8. Prep your brain for new information! Instead of thinking about what you’re giving up, think about what you’re getting! How about losing 20 pounds? Sleeping soundly? The envy of those friends who tried to keep you addicted. (Okay, that’s my favorite one, but I’m a bit bitchy, at times!)