I was having dinner the other night with two great friends and this was the subject. How this couple is drawn to sweets and how they were enabling each other to buy their problem. There are many poisons to battle out there. One in particular that I would like to talk about, as a result of my dinner convo is sugar addiction. And I would like to thank them both for their honesty.
Do you find yourself passing the seafood/deli counter in the supermarket to know that aisles 2 and 3 are juices, cookies candies? The Oreo’s are on sale two for $5 so you have to get them. You’ll get the thin ones because they’ll be better. But then you’ll go home and eat the whole sleeve. That’s when he said we might as well get the milk and allowed it to happen. Skim milk has 12 grams of sugar in a cup as well. The voices of these foods are calling out to you no differently than someone else’s addiction. BUY ME. COME ON. YOU KNOW YOU WANT ME. But then you eat it and feel tired, sluggish and guilty. You’re hungry at 3 pm and the only thing calling your name is a sweet treat. Your office is loaded with sweets that you have to battle daily. Why do we load our offices with sweets? I was coaching a Dr’s office staff a few years ago on nutrition, as they were opening food that was bought for them by a drug rep. It was all the different types of food I was trying to get them away from, foods loaded with sauces and creams with one big boring salad! They knew the food was being delivered and they relied on someone else to feed them. Mistake in my books.
BE RESPONSIBLE AND PRACTICE SAFE FOOD! Sugar addicts need it to fuel the feel good hormones in their body. It’s a fix no different than a drug or alcohol, the first taste is like AHHHHH, it’s in my bloodstream. SUUUUGAAAAAR! Sugar acts like a drug, the voices call out. Support from family and friends can help. Courage to ask for help. Being prepared at all times can help. Have all of your go to foods ready to fuel your body. Don’t wait too long to eat in between meals. If 3:00 is your time, then eat something at 2:40, trick the body, on purpose to ward off the hungry time. Have a healthy meal and include protein at that time so it’s less of a snack reward that will make you crash and actually something to really hold you over till dinner. Give your body what it needs and you will be less likely to give it what it wants. When we’re hungry, we need food. When we’re bored, take a walk. Smell some flowers. Be appreciative for another category of life other than food. Get your mind off of it by changing your path with an action. If you can learn to not rely on the unknown you can battle with better strength. The unknown is wondering what your next meal will be which requires a choice instead of the known which is what you packed for the day. The machine in the break room is not your friend. Create a new habit by becoming aware and having all your battle snacks ready.
Perimeter shop the supermarket. All the good stuff is on the outside.
Do not buy what you can’t battle. Block out those foods until further notice. Go down the baggie aisle there is nothing fun there!
Magnesium helps with sugar cravings as does whey protein.
Investigate your gut health. If your gut flora is off you could be totally craving sugar. PROBIOTICS.
Ask your partner to give you gifts of love that are not cupcakes and chocolates. Sometimes we like to keep each other stuck in our sugar places so we have company. BE STRONG.
Detox. Trying going one day. No sugar. One day can become two. Find support. Be strong. Write us.
The longer you go the better off you’ll be because you’ll reset your taste buds.
STAY OFF artificial sweeteners. They trick the brain into thinking it’s had something super sweet and will change your tipping point for what you think is sweet.
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See you in great shape,
Iron Beauty Coach