Lose the sugar and regain your sweetness
When I controlled my addition for sugar I became a sweeter person. It's a fact, when you are in charge of your emotional state you welcome happiness into your life and consequently become a more joyful person to be around!
It may sound contradicting specially as we believe that "we are what we eat" so if I have heaps of medoj dates I will become deliciously creamy, intensely sweet and irresistibly soft. God, who does not want that, right?!
Please do not get me wrong, I absolute love dates and understand all the nutritious benefit of occasionally have few of these nectar of oasis. However, at the time I replaced my daily chocolate bar for tons of raw cacao balls I definitely gained vitamins, antioxidants, healthy fats, but in terms of sugar ingestion I was replacing six by half-dozen.
And here comes the simple explanation: "We are what we are capable of digesting". Without bothering you with all the intriguing details, the way the body breaks down complex carbs, refined sugars and natural sugars is the same. It transforms into a simpler molecule that can be quickly used as energy essential to make your systems working.
In simple terms, the destiny of sugar is to be reduced to glucose and we are all familiar with the effects of the spikes of glucose in our body: immediate feeling of happiness, crash and then intense craving for more. A vicious circle that justify your addition and explain mood swings.
The good news is that you should not bring yourself down for not having control over your candy addition as your body is biologically programmed to be constantly asking you for more. But now that you are aware of it, it's time to regain control of your mind.
I do not support the idea of quitting sugar unless you have a serious health challenge like a growing tumour or a severe case of bacteria grow like candida. As these bad boys thrive on sugar, in a very logical way if you don't feed them they won't grow - of course you will also have to support your immune system in many other ways to overcome any health issue, but controlling the ingestion of sugar is definitely a key step.
The reason I say "controlling the ingestion of sugar" is because people have demonised the sweet things, but that is probably because they forgot the brain needs glucose to function.
So here are my recovery steps to support you conquering Mount Marshmallow:
- Schedule Sugar: plan ahead when you have your "fix". I normally have fruits for breakfast 2/3 times a week and a healthy desert on the weekends. Commit to what is sustainable for you and have discipline to stick to it and gradually reduce your intake.
- Exercise 3-5 times a week to get your endorphins and dopamine flowing. They are the hormones that brings you sense of happiness and reward. Please do choose an activity you enjoy, have fun and make it a habit.
- Detox the mind: get rid of toxic thoughts and people that do not serve you and take you out of balance and straight to that ice cream pot. Meditation is like a mental shower, so if you are new to it I strongly recommend trying the app Headspace, it has transformed my life.
- Include more naturally sweet vegetables in your diet like sweet corn, sweet potatoes, raw bell peppers and carrots. Stevia is also a life saving herb.
Last but not least: learn how to love yourself more than you love sugar. That is the not so straight forward one, but actually definitely the most important. You need to constantly remind yourself how awesome you are, manage your internal language, be kind towards yourself,celebrate your achievements and be conscious that simple steps and daily choices is what makes us.
Have a sexy sweet & savoury life!
NB - Sugar Addict in remission