Did you see that movie, “The Break-up” with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Anniston? Good grief, that movie started out as a comedy…but then got pretty intense towards the end. The struggle was real….and it was hard to watch. Breaking up is hard to do, especially when we are breaking up with something as addictive as sugar….kind of makes us feel like we are up against a wall.
This week, we continue with our final 5 tips to end a sugar addiction. Taking a trash bag into the kitchen and tossing out the “bad” things is admirable, but that act does nothing to change our patterns of behavior. There are many, many ways to dive into the topic of behavior change, mindsets, etc., but today let’s continue talking about slow and steady changes that just might win the race.
• READ LABELS: Sugar is sneaky and surprising. Making yourself aware of what is in the foods you choose can go a long way towards forming new habits.
• DON’T GO COLD TURKEY: Doing too much too fast can cause a nasty backlash. Start by adding more fat, fiber, and protein into your overall diet. Then, cut sugary portions in half by mixing them with non-sugary ones. For example, mix plain greek yogurt in with your usual yogurt. Add protein powder to pancake mixes, toss chia seeds and protein powder into your dessert pudding. Add nuts and seeds into cookie batter, and reduce the sugar in the batter by 1/3. When you do eat sugar, make sure you combine it with protein, healthy fat, and fiber. Doing so will make the blood sugar spike less dramatic, causing you to crave less sugar.
• EXERCISE: If we are addicted to sugar, there is an excess amount of insulin in our bodies, which makes us store fat and crave even more sugar. The fastest way to get rid of insulin? Use our muscles! They will gobble up that excess sugar…and we will break a nice, detoxifying sweat, too. Win-win!
• DON’T GO HUNGRY. Don’t skip meals or eat too little calories. Eat your 3 squares a day, each complete with greens, healthy fat, fiber, and protein. When you give your body what it needs to do the work of living your amazing life, your cravings for sugar will decrease. Nourish your fabulous self.
• STAY ACCOUNTABLE: We are not meant to go it alone. The love and support of our tribes are essential to making any positive new change stick. Ask for help. Find a coach….Reach out to me, or someone locally. Your journey just might inspire someone else along the way.
I’d love to hear from you if you are attempting to break your sugar addiction. You will need support! As always, reach out to me if you need help, coaching, or a personalized plan to live your healthiest life: firstname.lastname@example.org