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Day 10 HealthMC “Beating Sugar Addiction (Part 2)”

Creamy Coconut CakeIn 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.

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Day 9 HealthMC: “Beating Sugar Addiction (Part 1)”

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Sugar Addiction Part I

Back in the days when most of our food were really organic, we ate sugar that were found in natural food.  Sugar wasn’t a problem then.  Today more than 1/2 of the calories we consume comes from sugar, white flour and tones of other ingredients that we can hardly pronounce.  The kind of food that we are having today is extremely high in sugar, not satisfying, makes us crash and leaves us craving for more while increasing our waistline.

On your journey to a healthy lifestyle it is important to acknowledge your barriers, especially self-imposed barriers like sugar that is responsible for constant self-sabotaging and yo-yo dieting.  To take down the sugar barrier or even seek professional help, you need to understand the different ways you are addicted to it.  Today I will be discussing part-1 of a 3 part series on sugar addiction.

What Does Sugar Addiction Feel Like (Part I)?

Do you know when you eat sugar the most? My sugar list consisted of bread, chocolate mousse cake, mini ice cream servings with apple pie, pastries and hot cocoa loaded with sugar.  This abusive relationship started in college. I was working full-time and going to school at the same time and there wasn’t enough hours during the day for me to complete any task.    I had such a laser like focus on pursuing my goals that most of the time eating wasn’t a priority.

When I ate something it was  pretty much any free food that was available at work or on campus which meant: pizza, doughnuts, cookies, pastries, pasta and bread loaded with butter.  I was always on the run so it was difficult for me to stick to  regular exercise schedule.  When I lacked energy I would load up on Mountain Dew and energy drinks.   With my waistline catching up with my bad habits, when I decided to go on a diet, I would spend a week or 2 on track.  The moment I felt stressed I would eat something sweet, and since I already messed up my diet anyways, it was open season to eat any other sweets I missed the past 2 weeks before starting my plan again on Monday of next week.   This pattern was exhausting emotionally and physically.

I began discussing this pattern with friends and other moms to conclude that some of the people who are addicted to sugar are

  • Stay-at-home moms
  • highly competitive workaholics
  • women juggling school, work and family
  • women who travel a lot for work

Solution (Part I)

Now that I was aware of the pattern, I did some reading on the topic and took a whole-body approach to kick the habit out.  Here are the changes I made

  • Eliminate energy drinks
  • Switch sugar-loaded hot cocoa with water
  • Get at least 7 hours of sleep (which took care of the lack of energy problem)
  • Eat whole foods
  • Indulge in 1 small piece of dark chocolate or pastry that I like once a week.  When I discovered Isagenix Isadelight Plus, I was partying to have 1 every day (that’s really all you need especially if you eat wholefoods all day and don’t skip meals)
  • Regular exercise
  • Drinking a lot of water. I drink  at least 1 gallon a day

Your assignment today is to take some time to think about the sugary food that are triggers  for you.  Make a list and think about when you mostly eat them.  If you have them around the house get rid of them (NO EXCUSES ESPECIALLY NOT THE KIDS), replace them with healthy snacks and resolve to create time to prepare balance meals, exercise and get enough sleep.  Being a workaholic doesn’t pay if you are accumulating a fortune to pay doctors in the future to get your health back.  START NOW…

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