You wouldn’t believe how many emails, comments, and more I get that say something along the lines of: “Help! I’m addicted to sugar!”
I didn’t realize it at the time, but when I was younger I was addicted to sugar, too. I come from a long line of Sugar Queens (and kings). My preteen and early teen years were spent enjoying plenty of healthy food, but also a hefty helping of homemade baked goods, desserts, chocolates, and more. As I got older, I realized that sugar was causing a slew of health problems for me (severe seasonal allergies, weakened immune system, blood sugar swings, to name a few). So I quit eating refined sugar completely. And what a difference it has made!
As you know, I do use natural sweeteners (honey, maple syrup, dried fruit, coconut sugar, etc.) in my cooking in moderation. I’m so grateful for them! They make it easier on my body to indulge in a sweet treat every once in a while, especially when I make sure the treat has some protein or fat in it to help balance out the natural sugar.
Yes, there’s a but.
Too much sugar, in ANY form whether from a date or a doughnut, is still sugar and can still provoke a stress response in the body. Worse, eating sugar—ANY form of sugar—regularly and in excess, will lead to the dreaded Sugar Cycle: craving upon craving upon craving upon craving.
You eat sugar to satisfy the craving, only to have it come back and come back again. The more sugar you eat, the stronger the craving gets, gaining momentum so that your once small and easily satisfiable hankering for a square of chocolate now turns into A Craving on Steroids, also known as MUST EAT HALF THE DEVIL’S FOOD CAKE NOW!
So how did I break the sugar cycle? How do I get through my days with no or very little added sugar, and still feel like I’m loving my life?
That’s what today’s video is all about. If you struggle with sugar cravings, take 6 minutes of your life and watch this video for some motivation. I want you to finish watching feeling empowered and armed with a few tips to help you get started on your way to a sweet albeit sugar-free life.
Pull up a chair and enjoy.
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So what now?
Don’t worry. I’ve got another video and post in the works to talk you through some more practical steps for kicking the sugar habit for good! Just remember, YOU can do this. YOU can make positive change last in your life. YOU can control your sugar cravings. They don’t have to control you!
It takes time and heck of a lot of patience and diligence. But it CAN be done. I’m living proof.
Take a deep breath, get yourself together, and start living sugar-free TODAY! I’m right here with you. You can do this.
In the meantime, here are some resources you might find helpful and inspirational as you get started:
- Get the Sugar Out: I love this book and go back to it time and again for helpful nuggets and info. Some are basic, some are more advanced, but all are great tips.
- Lick the Sugar Habit: Another classic book filled with helpful tidbits.
- The Success Principles: This is THE BOOK to read if you want to feel motivated about anything in life, whether it’s making a career change or giving up soda. I read it last year and it gave me a huge mental and emotional boost.
- 141 Reasons Sugar Ruins Your Health: Take a deep breath and then read this. It is eye-opening. If this doesn’t motivate you to give up sugar, I don’t know what will!
I’d love to know your tips, tricks, struggles, and triumphs related to getting the sugar out. We can ALL learn something here and every one of us has experience to share, whether good or bad! Leave a comment with your thoughts.