Hi! I am new to the site. I just order the book from amazon and I am super excited about starting this new journey. My biggest concern/obsticle is sugar! Has anyone else had a really (and I mean REALLY) hard time giving up processed sugar? If so, what is some advice that helped get you through the really low points? I feel like I'm about to go through a drug rehab program!
I swtiched processed sugar with sugar in the raw and I use it for my coffee and to bake with. You can find it at Walmart.
But as for junk food..my biggest downfall is chocolate. My Hubs comes home from work with a candy bar for me every other day..does that pack on the pounds. I love my chocolate. Butsince I don't have a health food store within 50 miles from here, I can't buy my organic chocolate (which still don't recomment eating everyday)
I've been on this journey before and I did really well omitting sugar and I lost so much weight. Your mind fights against you for awhile, but after a regular routine of eating healthy and exercising, I didn't seem to crave the sugar anymore. I allowed myself a candy bar once a week when I first started. I even got to the point where I bought a candy bar and ate one square a week.
Just give yourself some wiggle room and try not to feel like you failed if you reach for the processed sugar. Because tomorrow is a new day dawning. I started a food diary and wrote down everything I ate and if I ate junk food I also wrote down how I was feeling before I ate it and afterwards. That really helped keep me focused. After writing down how I was feeling I realized I reached for the junk food when I was feeling a certain way. I was able to work through those down feelings.
I hope this helps. You took the first steps, Congratulations!
Good luck to you, Kayleigh! This is one of the most difficult addictions to break, and sugar/carbs call to that unconscious part of ourselves that is good at hypnotizing the rest of the mind... even when you try to stay away, you'll find that you're having something sweet almost by accident. But I second Isabella: congratulations! Simply becoming aware of how tough it is, and admitting it, is a great first step.
If you can start trying stevia (I absolutely despise the raw version of stevia, I have to admit... a little processing like in liquid stevia doesn't seem too bad and goes a long way to improving the flavor). I use it in my daily cup of coffee, along with canned, fatty coconut milk as my cream; this has become a huge treat for me, almost like the ice cream I no longer have.
My sister regularly organizes week and longer sugar detoxes. Some of what she recommends is having READY little snacks, like apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon, some kind of sliced veggie to grab like celery sticks or cucumbers. When just backing off of sugar, it's a good idea to keep a special fruit like strawberries to chomp... there is sugar in fruit, but if you're not detoxing fully it'll go a long way to easing the craving while also giving you whole food benefits. My main point: you HAVE to have things prepared so that snacks are there, sort of like the pawns in a chess game that you can reach first when going for what you REALLY want (sugar). The snacks at the ready can act like both a wake-up call, and then also be the healthy thing that you actually have instead. Oh, she also recommends herbal tea to keep you busy, and also going to brush your teeth to avoid indulging; we're less likely to want to place chocolate in a fresh mouth!
The sugar addiction is real and hard to break, until you have a health problem that prohibits sugar ( that's my story). Until my cancer diagnosis, I was in love with pastries and sweets and never imagined I could live without sweets. Afterwards, I stopped overnight as I learned cancer cells consume 15 times more sugar than healthy cells.
I realized it's amazing what we can do when we must...when our very survival depends upon it.
I came off sugar completely for a while. I found that, once you're completely off it, you don't really want it (except a little around PMT and stress, but easy to resist). Then I succumbed when I was having a rough time and I've been trying to come back off it since.
I don't think it's worth trying to come off it if you're about to go into PMT, it's one of those things to do when you're having less cravings shortly after your period. (Obviously, men shouldn't have that problem! ;-) )
This month, I'm feeing really strong and determined and I've got oatcakes and other healthy snacks around to eat as soon as I start to feel hungry. (Cleaning your teeth is a brilliant idea, thanks for that one, Alene!)
Hey Kayleigh! Sugar can be hard to back away from, but not impossible. When you first start, you get that itch, but finding alternatives will help. Some people use sugar in the raw, which has little processing. If you want to really go naturally, you can buy pieces of sugar cane stalks. I go to alot of of ethnic/wholefood grocery stores to find them. It is sugar from its source. You can chew and taste the sweetness. I also grow stevia. The leaves are sweet. You can dry them, crush them to put in your cooking or teas. I like to go out in my garden and chew on a leaf. Sounds silly, but amazingly true.
Try substituting the sugar with agave, maple or brown rice syrup. You will still get the sweetness but these sugars aren't nearly as processed as sugar. Treat yourself to a fruit smoothie, merjool dates or peanutbutter w/banana (& little drizzle of agave syrup) when your sweet tooth kicks in. Make the cookies, raw balls or peanut butter cups from TKD. I'd say don't deprive yourself just cut back & then indulge in some healthier options.
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