In part 1 of the series, Beating Sugar Addiction, we discussed how sugar loaded food and energy drinks were used to sustain energy for a busy person, and how it turns into an addiction with an unbalanced nutrition. Part 2 of the series has to do with using sugar as a coping mechanism to deal with stress.
What does it look like when you use sugar to deal with stress (Part 2)?
- Is your life always a crisis?
- Do you react to everything to cause a chain reaction of stressful events?
- When faced with a small problem do you turn it into a huge deal?
- Do you have problem saying no to friends and family, to be stressed out about saying “YES” later?
When you are dealing with any kind of stress you need a sugar fix. You indulge in one sweet treat after another to wake up one day and realize that you can no longer fit into your skinny jeans. You beat yourself over it but you can’t seem to stop craving for more sugar. When you give in to your sugar craving you feel a high and you have more energy to carry on. You later crash, feel guilty and instead of eating something healthy you eat more sugary stuff. You have time to prepare meals, but you prepare something you know that is bad for you. 30lbs and more overweight a couple of months later, depression sets in and you just become complacent and stop trying to lose weight altogether.
Solution (Part 2)
Since you reach for sugar in any flight or fright situation, your can set yourself on your way to cut the sugar cravings substantially and possibly end it by
- Drinking a lot of water
- Cutting out sugar, caffeine and white flour. Replacing coffee with tea
- Including high protein in your meals like lean chicken, fish, nuts, eggs.
- Never skipping breakfast which should consist of protein, veggies and whole grain
- Having a lunch similar to your breakfast
- For dinner having protein with non-starchy veggies.
- Making fruits your dessert and nuts your snacks
- Having some protein right before bed to avoid late night cravings.
Sugar cravings – unless it is a diagnosed condition – is always related with a poor diet. The bad think with consuming large measure of sugar is that the part that is not used as energy in you body turns into fat. This type of fat seats mostly in your mid-section and gives you the NOT so lovely love-handles and extra layer of tissue hanging around your bra. It will never be both ways meaning if you eat a balanced diet, you can’t possibly be craving sugar all the time.