By Rachael Taylor
This holiday season has been really busy so far and I've noticed that my energy levels have been dipping down from not allowing myself to relax and taking regular breaks to eat. I also got in the bad habit of not moving or even stretching because "I didn't have time."
It's my own personal brand of sabotage.
I found that I was reaching more and more for chocolate, chips, and craving wine at the end of the day. Because my body couldn't relax, it kept crashing, and I was reaching for more and more sugar to help bring it down from a high stress and tight state.
Because my diet and exercise weren't balanced, my sugar cravings were getting out of hand and when the body crashes, the natural habit is to reach for more sugar.
It becomes an addiction and a cycle that's impossible to break alone.
Do any of these sound like you?
- You're wondering why you crave sugar at certain times
- You're done reinventing the wheel
- You want someone to tell what works and what doesn't - for realsies
- You want to discover what's keeping you stuck so you can get unstuck
- You're ready to get this sugar thing handled
Today's post is about how to kick the sugar habit without giving up sweetness so you can boost your energy, your moods, and build your best life ever.
So there's three Challenges to Sugar Cravings:
#1 Why are sugar cravings there in the first place and impossible to resist?
#2 It feels SO good to eat sugar so kicking the habit seems impossible.
#3 Sometimes it's easier to eat sugar than deal with the problem in your life.
Challenge #1: Why are sugar cravings there in the first place and impossible to resist?
They're there because of an imbalance in the body. There's an actual polarity to food, such as hot/cold and hard/soft. Food has energetic qualities that are beyond calories, fat grams, and nutrients - it's more complex than just fuel.
For example: Leafy greens have a lifting energy and root veggies have a grounding energy
Sounds a little out there? OK then how about this:
When your body is craving certain types of food it's because it's feeling one polarity extreme. When you're tense, your body craves the feeling of being light and blissed out. That's where alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and dairy come in. When you feel too flighty and out there, your body craves red meat, eggs, and salt. These ground you.
For instance, ever have a wine and cheese party (sometimes of one) and go a bit overboard? What do you crave then? Crackers! Chips! Salami!
That's the polarity of food at work.
The solution? It's super simple.
Allow yourself to take time every day to do something that lets your body relax. Do some deep breathing, meditate for a couple minutes, stretch, take a bubble bath at the end of the day, go for a walk, pet your dog or cat, sleep, read, the list goes on and on.
Activities that give your body a break is how you will relax and instantly cut down on your crazy pants sugar cravings.
Challenge #2: It feels SO good to eat sugar so kicking the habit seems impossible.
Products that have a lot of sugar in them don't usually include a lot of fat, fiber or protein so there's nothing in the food to slow down your body's absorption of sugar.
This means your blood sugar is going to shoot up super-duper fast like a roller coaster. When your blood sugar goes up, so does your insulin because it's trying to regulate your blood sugar.
But sometimes too much insulin gets sent out and your blood sugar dips waaay down.
It's like when you're playing pool and you try to hit the ball really far away so you hit it really hard and then it just bounces everywhere all crazy not really helping you.
So when your blood sugar has crashed, what does your body do?
Give. Me. Sugar. Now. (Or else).
Your body is trying to get something specific to restore the balance. And because sugar is the fastest way it knows how to do that (because of lifelong habits) that's what it craves.
But the problem with just eating sugar to find balance is that insulin is always up trying to sort it all out. And it runs out of storage in your body for all that sugar.
Ever have a cupboard or closet where you just don't have any more room? What happens?
That one section of counter starts to fill up with extra cereal boxes, cans, and fruit.
Your chair in your bedroom forms a pile of clothes and the bottom of your bed becomes extra shoe storage.
Same thing in the body.
Insulin takes extra sugar to:
- Your brain
- Your blood cells
- Your muscles
And it stores it as FAT.
Extra sugar creates fat. (FYI fat-free and low-fat foods all have sugar in them).
Challenge #3: Sometimes it's easier to eat sugar than deal with the problem in your life.
What if cravings were instead a message from your body trying to help you step into the best version of who you are?
They are actually little messages from your body asking you to pay attention to it and give it what it needs to be balanced.
All you have to do is listen.
So here are 7 Solution to Kick Sugar that are how you are going to get started kicking sugar without giving up sweetness or starving.
1. Check your bevvies!
Sometimes sweet cravings are sign of dehydration so pound a glass of water and wait 5 minutes to see if it passes.
2. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Sweet Veggies, Fruit & Spices
This is my most favorite solution and what I started with to kick my sugar addiction. Your tongue has sweet taste buds! You don't have to deny it, in fact the more you deny it the stronger your cravings will be.
Add in naturally sweet foods & spices to your diet like squash, yams, carrots, beets, berries, figs, apples, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, and cloves.
I know this one is easier said than done but if you're constantly tired, your body is going to look for energy and that's usually in caffeine. Read this article for some tips in adjusting your sleep habits for a better night's sleep or grab my Save Your Sleep ebook for step by step, detailed instructions.
4. Check Your Protein
When you too little or too much animal protein, it can lead to massive sweet cravings. Grab my free ebook the 4 Day Energy Boost to learn exactly the amount of protein your body needs. It'll only take 4 days to interpret how much protein your body wants.
5. Sniff Out Low-Fat and Fat-Free Foods
Like I already said, fat-free and low-fat foods have sugar added back into them by manufacturers. Keep an eye out for these tricky guys.
6. Move Yo'Self
Movement releases stress and makes you feel and look great. If you don't get enough movement in your life, your body is going to look for other ways to blow off steam. Such as wine, binging on cookies, and eating all the cheese in sight.
It doesn't have to be anything crazy or intense, in fact here's a list of movement ideas you can do to mix it up and keep yourself interested:
Biking | Rollerblading | Jumping on a trampoline | Hula hooping | Yoga | Dance | Zumba | Nia | Hiking | Swimming | Gardening | Pilates | Walking | Jogging | Horseback riding | Surfing | Frisbee | Clean | Stretching | Lifting light weights | Barre classes
7. Create New-Post Meal Rituals
If you find that you have to have dessert or something sweet after each meal, one of the things you might love about it is the ritual. Ask yourself, what are some other possibilities you could do post-meal?
So now you know what to do about sugar and you can apply these 7 steps to your life and kick that sugar addiction - no fuss, no muss.
You can totally do this.
BUT if you read all this and are overwhelmed or are afraid you won't follow through, then that's where I come in.
The3 Key Ingredients to following through in a way you never have before, is the right system, right support, and the right accountability.
This time will be different.
You will have someone to encourage your progress. And someone to kick you in the butt when you make poor choices (always with love).
So that's why I'm inviting you to invest 45 minutes of your time to talk with me in a free discovery session. I guarantee you will walk away with at least one major aha about how to break out of the rut and get into action.
This time really can be different.
We focus on what you GET to have, rather than what you don't.
We will work week by week to kick your sugar addiction and help you step into the best version of yourself.
You get started by booking a free 45-minute session with me here: https://healthyintrovert.as.me/
Once you change your sugar habits, you'll have the energy to move more, get stronger, be more efficient, have sharper focus, and find the time to live your passions.
Keep up your hard work - your breakthrough is right around the corner!
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And now I'd like to hear from you: what's one new sugar kicking habit you're going to try and why? Leave a reply below.
And remember, today is the day you take back your life.