Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we could make 180 degree changes in our lives overnight, simply by deciding to do so? For the most part, that is not how we are wired. We are wired for safety and comfort, so even if our current habits are not the most healthy, they are the habits that feel familiar and safe!
Breaking out of our comfort zone is a process; one that requires a plan of action. Where eating habits are concerned: patience, time, and intention are key. We have to acknowledge the reasons WHY we want to eat cleaner and healthier, and then formulate a strategy to do so.
Sugar is a hard habit to break. In truth, sugar is more addictive than cocaine and heroin, so ditching it takes effort. Start small, and offer yourself plenty of grace along the way.
Here are my first 5 tips that will help make your break-up with sugar a little less painful:
(5 more coming next week)!
• IDENTIFY YOUR TRIGGERS: What is it that sends you sprinting to the pantry for a quick hit of the white stuff? This is first and foremost, because without knowing what sets you off, you will be fighting an endless battle. Think about your pitfalls, and then create a plan to overcome them. Write out your action plan; tape it to doors and mirrors—seriously. The struggle is real, but the solution is nearby.
• EAT PROTEIN FOR BREAKFAST: Eating protein for breakfast will help to create or maintain a more even blood sugar curve, so you will be less likely to crave sugar for your next snack or meal.
• DITCH THE SODA: Sodas are just a no-brainer. They are loaded with sugar and will catapult you to the never-ending blood sugar roller coaster. This one is simple: Get rid of it.
• AVOID ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS: We wrongly assume that artificial sweeteners are a better choice because they have less (or zero) calories. Please don’t buy into this! Artificial sweeteners, besides being like poison to our bodies, actually cause our bodies to crave sugar. Choose honey or stevia instead.
• GET PLENTY OF FIBER: Fiber not only helps promote regularity by flushing things out of our bodies, it helps to slow down the absorption of sugar. The result is that we stay fuller longer and don’t crave sugar as much or as often.
As always, reach out to me if you need help, coaching, or a personalized plan to break up with sugar, and live your healthiest life: firstname.lastname@example.org