Sugar was my thing for years. Everything else was EASY to let go of or have less of in my life..but sugar..well that was my thing. If you opened my purse you would probably at a time find some Swedish Fish or Vegan Gummy Bears..you would also find me driving from LA to OC with a deal of I can eat as many gummy bears as I want until I pull into my neighborhood..
Which of course meant I was shoveling gummy bears and swedish fish in my mouth to get that high, handle my crazy headaches and exhaustion..
I talk a lot about beating sugar cravings because I know it is a struggle..it is a REAL struggle..one that even the healthiest person can’t fight..
Sugar can be one of those things where just 1 gummy bear sets you off..or just 1 bite of a twizzler gets the best of you and it is because sugar sends feel good messages to our brains. If we are experiencing hormonal twists and turns, a crappy day, a client who drives us nuts or lack of sleep that quick burst of sugar rids of those feelings.
So how can you let go..or maybe the question is how can you balance a little sugar now and then without binging or triggering a cycle..
I have made it possible for myself to have a frozen yogurt, which is fat free meaning loaded with sugar, with some of my favorite candies once a week or every other week without loosing it. If I can do it, anyone can but I want to share with you what I did before I got to this point. As you all know, I am not one to deprive myself and I want you to create healthy habits and not deprive yourself either but I will have to give you a little tough love for at least 30 days before you can get to the point of enjoying a treat every week or so.
Tips to Beat Sugar Cravings
- Eat Something Nourishing: Sometimes our bodies crave quick energy because either you didn’t get enough sleep, you don’t fuel yourself enough post workout, you don’t eat enough protein or you don’t consume enough healthy fats. The next time you crave and have to have to have that sugar, think to yourself what have I eaten today, did I get enough sleep last night? If you feel like you haven’t eating enough try some cashews or some coconut butter to give your body some nourishment, I also love a cup of bone broth with pink sea salt, this really stops all cravings and is SO soothing to our bodies! Nourish your body for the better!
- Drink Tea: If you have been reading my blog for awhile, I became obsessed with tea when I was leaving sugar in the dust. It really became a ritual for me, conquered all my cravings and gave me that after dinner dessert without ever feeling deprived. I remember being in LA at a famous steakhouse on Sunset and everyone was ordering desserts and I ordered chocolate mint caramel tea! I will never forget the look on my friends face when she tried it, she told it was better then the dessert! The tea’s they have available now make it EASY to find a new caffeine free treat. I love Tazo Passion Fruit Tea, Trader Joe’s Green Candy Cane Tea (seasonal) and Chocolate Gypsy Tea. Don’t those sound delicious?
- Remind Yourself of Why: Once you decide, you commit and once you commit it is GAME ON! Commit to this, go out and buy yourself some herbal tea, get a tongue scraper and get rid of the junk in your pantry and desk drawers. This stuff doesn’t serve you and will just be temptations you don’t need for at least 30 days. Like I mentioned above, all you need is a committed 30 days! When it gets tough, remind yourself of WHY you are committing to this. Think of the why, your goal and keep with it!
- Define Your Habit and Switch to a New One: Realize WHEN you are eating sugar..this is HUGE. Do you run for the candy jar after completing a blog post as a celebratory treat, do you find yourself digging in your pantry after a deal doesn’t go through..it is important to identity when you reach for the sugar so that you can make a conscious decision to reach for something else instead. For myself, I reached for a journal, sugar was comforting to me and I used it to comfort any emotional pain I was feeling. You could also pull up your favorite blog, text a friend some funny emoji’s or watch quirky youtube videos. Find another habit to fulfill your old habit and you will be successful in dumping sugar for good.
- Tongue Scraping: Tongue scraping is the one thing I credit loosing my addiction to sugar too. Our tongues have little receptors on them that determine tastes, sweet, sour, salty, bitter and savory. Since our tongues are the first things to taste, our bodies decide how to digest accordingly, the brain is sent signals and the body does the rest. Scraping your tongue removes build up, kind of like a detox which in turn increases your taste reception causing you to crave less, eat less and really connect mindfully with the food you are eating. I used my scraper for about 3 months everyday in the morning, in the afternoon and if I happened to eat something sweet. It is pretty simple to use and if you guys would like me to show you, comment below and I will!
I hope you found this article helpful, this is exactly what I did to let go of sugar in my life. My cravings have subsided and I am now at a point in my life where I can enjoy a treat now and then without guilt, without fear and without a binge cycle.
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So I wanna know..
- Have you tried Tongue scraping before? I am thinking of doing a whole post dedicated to it but let me know!