It is easy for me to post, blog and scream to the hills about how bad sugar is for all of us.
The facts are in. Sugar has been called out as being more addictive than cocaine. The effects of a sugar addiction may not take toll as quickly as a cocaine addiction however they are slowly and surely making us fat, sick and listless.
My challenge is to help you quit the sugar habit. I work closely with clients in helping them put an end to unhealthy habits by replacing them with new, better and healthy habits.
Check out these “5 Ways to kick SUGAR to the CURB” and see if any of these methods resonate with you!
Let’s get the tough one out of the way first. The idea of waking up and never having sugar again can be daunting. Try approaching this on a micro level. As opposed to quitting ALL sugar ALL at once, eliminate one constant source of sugar from your daily routine per week for 6 weeks.
Week One: Skip adding sugar to your coffee
Week Two: Do not add honey to your tea
Week Three: Stay away from all candy
Week Four: Limit yourself to one serving of fruit a day
Week Five: Eliminate all artificial sweeteners (these just tease your buds for more sweetness)
Week Six: Stop drinking fruit juices, sodas or any other sugary beverages
By the end of week 6 you will have successfully started the process of kicking your sugar habit to the curb.
I love this piece on quitting smoking cold turkey. Just remember as you read it, unlike cigarettes, sugar is in almost everything we eat and is completely socially acceptable. Therefore, going cold turkey off individual sources as opposed to “QUITTING SUGAR ALL TOGETHER” is much more approachable.
2. Do a Detox/Cleanse
A well monitored and designed Detox/Cleanse is a fantastic method to quitting a sugar addiction. There are several Detox/Cleanses on the market. I recommend sticking to ones that are plant based and do not include any shake mixes or pre-made meals. I love my 10 Day Sugar Detox and Junk Food Cleanse (the next one starts November 14th!! email@example.com ) However here are a couple of others I highly recommend:
What to look for in a Detox/Cleanse:
- support you can trust and relate with
- a balance of juices and food
- entirely plant based for optimal vitamin intake
- a community around the cleanse that feels inviting
- continued support post cleanse
Detox/Cleanses are not easy but they are totally effective. The real challenge in taking this approach to giving up sugar happens after the Detox/Cleanse. It is one thing to accept a challenge and another to turn a challenge into permanent change.
3) Change your behavior around your sugar habits
Similar to “Pavlov’s Dogs”, our brains are hard wired to want sugar. If you are used to grabbing a donut on your way to work every morning, try taking an alternative route to work. Changing the behavior around a habit will eliminate the habit. Perhaps you are used to going for ice cream with your kids on Friday nights. How about you do something else? Take your kids for a walk or go to a book store instead of the ice cream shop. Re-train your brain.
Check out this article on breaking habits:
4)Take a philosophical approach
In my opinion, there is NO better way to kick bad habits then to fully understand WHY they are bad. I have been vegetarian for over thirty years. I became vegetarian at a young age when I unknowingly dined on a pig that I had grown to love. When I realized the ham in my mouth came from my buddy, I was devastated. From that point on I never ate meat again (with the exception of one year). I threw myself into learning about the horrors of the meat, fish and dairy industry which lead me to becoming vegan. By creating an emotional and intellectual connection to the reasons around breaking my bad habits, it has made the bad habits a non option.
I highly recommend watching the film “FedUp” (see link below) on the sugar industry. I have SEVERAL more sources to share – please take the time to watch and if you want to dive in more deeply, reach out to me. Once you have a full understanding of not only the health repercussions of sugar but also the wrong doings by the sugar industry, you may just be tempted to kick the habit once and for all.
5)Cook your Meals
This fifth option sounds like it will not work, right? Well here is what I propose to you. For 10 days, try cooking every single meal you eat. No, not heat up or open out of a package, actually cook your meals. You eat out a lot? Do your best to prepare meals to take with your or, if you must attend a business dinner(s), eat your prepared meal prior to the dinner and order a green salad at the dinner. There is no better way to change your bad habits than by creating new ones. By forcing yourself to cook every single meal, you will start to appreciate the act of eating. You will eat less and in turn, eat better meals. By preparing your meals, you will develop a relationship with the food you are eating. Mindless eating of sugary snacks will start to drop by the waste side without you even realizing it.
Check out this great argument for the importance of cooking for ourselves:
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So which of these 5 ideas strikes you as one worth trying? Giving up bad habits and replacing them with good ones is a process. You may find, as I have, that all 5 of these steps in some capacity or another will work for you. Start with the one that jumped out at you- the one that sounded most appealing.
It is my mission in life to help you feel good in your skin! The first step is in getting rid of your bad habits..if sugar consumption is one of them, let’s do it!!! Let’s kick that sugar habit to the curb.
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