It’s no surprise that one of our most popular free challenges that my fellow coaches and I run over on Facebook is our Sugar Detox. Sugar addiction is real and I’ve personally experience it as I’m sure many of you have. The good news is that you can overcome sugar addiction and it’s really not all that difficult. But it will take a little bit of sacrifice and some work on your end.
Why is sugar addiction so rampant these day?
Let’s talk a bit about why sugar addiction seems to be so out of hand lately. There are several reasons that could cause sugar addiction and sugar cravings. Let me start off by saying that I am not an expert and I am not a certified nutritionist. What I am sharing with you today, is what I have learned from my own experiences and research into sugar addiction. I advice you to do your own research and really start taking a deeper look into what you are putting in your body.
Are you fueling your body, rewarding it or punishing it?
Chances are if you are finding yourself constantly reaching for something sweet and feeling that over powering urge to stuff yourself with candy, cookies or chocolate, you’re diet is not quite right. The more you eat these types of simple sugars, the more you’re body will crave them. Makes sense, right? So, if you are eating donuts, bagels, sugary cereal, etc every morning for breakfast, your body will continue to crave those things every morning. You have to break the cycle somewhere!
The other thing that cravings tell us, is that our bodies are not getting the proper nutrients that they need. If we are fueling our bodies appropriately with all of the food groups, including healthy carbohydrates, healthy fats, lots of veggies and fruits, then we are less likely to experience cravings at all. So, are you rewarding yourself for a great workout by “treating yourself to chocolate right after? Instead, you should grab a lean protein and a piece of fresh fruit. You’ll feel full and satisfied without the sugar rush and cravings that would come an hour later. Food should always be fuel. That needs to be your new mantra- food is fuel!
Are you are using artificial sweeteners
It’s time to really start taking a dive into what you are putting into your body each day. If you are reading this, then you are likely a grown adult and can obviously read. So, it’s time to start looking at those labels on the foods, drinks and supplements that you are taking in each day. Look, I’m not judging because I’ve spent most of my life unknowingly filling my body and my kids’ with crap because it never occurred to me to actually look at the ingredients in what I was buying. When you know better you do better.
We think that because a product on the shelf has fewer calories or says it’s sugar free that it must be a good choice. But those items typically are full of artificial sweeteners that are tricking our mind into thinking we are eating something sweet- far sweeter than sugar. And then our brains start to crave foods or drinks that are sweet. Not to mention those sweeteners are wreaking havoc on our whole body. It’s time to start reading the labels and taking a closer look into what we are putting into our bodies.
Are you skipping meals?
I see people all the time (I have been guilty too) skipping meals as a practice for losing weight. They save calories up for a future meal or try to make up for making bad choices during a previous meal. You know you’ve done it! We all have! And while it may seem logical to you at the time, skipping meals is actually causing your blood sugar levels to drop. And in comes the sugar cravings.
Instead, I recommend eating every two to three hours. That keeps your blood sugar from dropping. It also prevents those nasty cravings that have you grabbing for the quickest and easiest food. If you feel guilty for having made a bad choice earlier in the day, it’s time to let it go. We are human and we will make mistakes. But repeating them over and over will not get you anywhere. Accept that you made a bad choice, forgive yourself and make better choices next time.
How to overcome sugar addiction
The best way for you to overcome sugar addiction is to first find out the cause. Is it what you are putting in your body. Maybe it’s what you are not putting in your body. Are you skipping too many meals? Are you only reaching for sweets when you are sad, lonely, happy, bored, etc? Knowing what’s causing it will help you find a way to fix it.
Start reading those labels NOW! This is my biggest advice for you today! If you get nothing else out of this post, please take this to heart. Pay attention to what you are putting into your body. Do the research, if necessary, to figure out if it’s something that you should be fueling your body with. Or is it something that you should be cleaning your toilet with. So, many chemicals are being added into our foods today. Companies want us to keep buying their products so they are literally filling them with chemicals that make us crave more! Can you eat just one Lays potato chip? It’s time to be an adult and do your homework!
Like I mentioned before, I am not in any way a nutritionist or expert on health. What I am is a consumer who is learning to pay more attention to what I’m putting in my body. I spent years punishing my body and filling it with so much crap and I always felt like crap. Now, that I’m learning how to fuel my body and take care of it, I want to share it with the world. I want people to know that they don’t have to settle for feeling like crap all the time. You can overcome sugar addiction and live a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. You can feel good in the skin that you are in.
I’m currently in the process of getting certified as a master coach in Beachbody’s Ultimate Portion Fix nutrition plan. What I’m learning is eye opening and I can’t wait to continue to share my knowledge and to better help my clients overcome their sugar and food addictions and live their healthiness life.
The Ultimate Portion Fix nutrition plan uses color coded portion control containers to teach us what foods and how much we should be consuming in a day. These containers are what I have been using for the last 5 years. They have been a total game changer. We are now taking a deeper dive into why we should eat in these portions, why it’s important to balance our macros and get in all of the different food groups. We are learning about food and sugar addiction and how to overcome it by fueling our bodies appropriately. And one of the things I’m most excited about is that we are learning how and what portions to feed our kiddos using this container system (not for weight loss). There is so much knowledge in this updated nutrition program that I can’t stop talking about it!
To get more info on this program, email me.
Stay healthy friends