Have you ever tried to stop eating so much sugar and failed? Or it something you’d like to do, but you’re not sure how to start? Whether you’re aiming to quit sugar to lose weight, increase your energy or improve your mood, quitting sugar isn’t easy because it’s so addictive.
Note, I don’t advocate cutting sugar completely out of your diet. I still eat some sugar and so do many of my clients, but I don’t crave it like I did before and I’m not using it to fulfil other needs.
Read on to find my best tips for avoiding the cravings that make quitting the sugar habit so hard.
How to quit sugar tip 1: Check your bevvies!
It sounds crazy, but sometimes sweet cravings are a sign of dehydration. So pound a glass of water, wait five minutes and then see if you still have the craving.
Also, be careful how much coffee or tea you’re consuming. Too much caffeine mimics a blood sugar crash - you’re high for a bit but then you come crashing down and crave...SUGAR, of course.
How to quit sugar tip 2: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Sweet Veggies, Fruit & Spices.
Your tongue has sweet taste buds that demand to be satisfied, so don’t hold out on ‘em! Add naturally sweet foods and spices to your diet like squash, yams, carrots, beets, berries, figs, apples, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, and cloves.
How to quit sugar tip 3: Get More Sleep!
For many of us, this is easier said than done. But if you’re constantly tired, your body is going to look for energy, usually in the form or sugar or caffeine. Power down an hour earlier than usual and notice how your cravings disappear.
How to quit sugar tip #4: Check Your Protein.
This is a fun, cool fact - watch how much protein and what kind of protein you’re eating, especially animal protein. Eating too little animal protein can lead to massive sweet cravings. Eating too much animal protein can also lead to sweet cravings. When I work with clients, we find just the right sweet spot for protein intake so they feel satisfied.
How to quit sugar tip #5: Avoid Low-Fat and Fat Free Foods.
When food manufacturers take the fat out of foods, what do they put in? Yep, sugar.
How to quit sugar tip #6: Move Yo’self.
Movement is another kind of food for your body. It releases stress, makes you feel great and look great. When you don’t get enough, the body starts to look for other ways to blow off steam, like binging on Snickers bars.
How to quit sugar tip #7: Create New Post-Meal Rituals.
If you’re a “dessert after your meal” person, one of things you might love about that is the ritual of it. What are other possibilities for post-meal rituals?
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Why I Quit Sugar
In 2016 I quit the sugar habit and introduced breath and mindset work into my life. All the mindset work I was doing enabled me to make consistent conscious choices that led to me being able to create more results about my health habits and sustain my results easily and joyfully. As a result, I lost weight, dropped a dress size, and gained more clarity than I had had in years. Most important, I began to love my body.
I now get many more compliments. My husband says that he enjoys being with me more. Hope, my 10-year-old, says I am the nicest person in the world. This is huge for me since I have always been more defined by my drive, discipline, and focus, not my niceness.
I am at a point now in my life where I eat all the chocolate that I want without ever gaining a pound. And I have the energy I need to do what I want without the afternoon slumps or constant energy ups and downs. In fact, I have enough more than energy to support my life with my husband, two girls, a full-time coaching practice, weekly family adventures, daily hiking with my dog, lots of time for hobbies and travel,acreage and a house that needs constant love. I have the fullest life than I have had in years, and I feel calmer, happier, and more fulfilled than I have ever felt before.
It wasn't always like this. Sure, in my early years I lived it up by working hard and playing hard. I found I bounced back easily and lived life to the fullest. It felt like life couldn't get any better. Then suddenly, I noticed that my energy kept fading. I was starting to become more and more irritable and tense, and even was admitted to the hospital because of fainting spells. After kids, I struggled with post-partum depression, I found it hard to get out of bed to take care of my kids and regular life became a grinding chore I dreaded. I put on a brave face but deep inside, instead of feeling full of life, I was rundown, moody and felt like crap most of the time.
Quitting the sugar habit made a huge positive change in my life, and I’d love for you to consider how it could change things for you.
Sometimes the physical addiction to sugar is not the only issue. One of my clients came to her session after going to a 3-year-old's birthday party and inhalingthree platefuls of high-sugar foods without even thinking. After some unpacking, we uncovered the real cause was that social occasions like that were one of the most stressful activities for her and eating a lot of sweet food was her way of dealing with the anxiety and stress. Once we uncovered this, she never had this happen again.
When you are not happy with an area of your life, like your career, relationship, finances, workout, sex life, family, weather, it is so much easier to reach for sugar than deal with what is going on.
One of my clients with a relatively healthy and active lifestyle, but a regular craving for simple carbs (another quick form of sugar), uncovered her cravings for more intimacy with her husband.
Cravings may seem like a pain in the ass, but what if cravings are a messenger to help you step into the best version of who you are? That would be pretty amazing!
If you’ve tried to quit sugar before, you’ll know that information is not the only thing you need. You need something to make this time different, someone to encourage your progress and guide you if you slip into making the wrong choices again.
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I want to invite you to the possibility, that this time really can be different and that you haven't tried everything. That even those of you who are quite healthy already might be missing something that could make it all better. This is an opportunity to get curious about how healthy you can be.
I had a client that came with what she thought were unexciting health goals. She was relatively healthy already, and just wanted to put more focus into her health. She was blown away by how in one month her body felt tighter and she uncovered really important underlying reasons for decisions she was making. In two months, she was already making healthy choices unconsciously and becoming a strong role model for her family. She was so amazed at how easy it was, and she now has a new baseline, setting her path for things she never thought possible. Her business is booming, people are amazed at her progress, and she is unstoppable.
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We get to focus on what you GET TO HAVE rather than what you don't. Suffering to heal doesn't make sense. When I work with a client, I want to inspire you to reclaim your health in a way that is sustainable, natural and fun.
Clients tell me I'm intuitive, empathetic, and gently push exactly where they need.
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