My clothes fit better, I’m less hungry and I don’t have the shakes anymore. What did I change? I’ve eliminated sugar from my diet. Why?
I was killing myself with sugar. Seriously. It was an addiction that was taking over my life. After one weekend of overindulgence, I decided I’d had enough. Enough extreme hunger, enough feeling sick, enough over-eating, enough sugar.
I started my #SugarIntervention with a goal of removing added sugars from my diet for one month. It was much easier than I thought. Instead of riding the hungry roller coaster, I started to feel better. Now, I’ve been going strong for two months and I don’t think I’ll be going back to my old ways anytime soon.
Do you have something that has taken over your life? I’m sharing what I’ve learned – I bet you can use it to overcome your addiction too.
Sometimes my body isn’t hungry, my mind is. I promise, you’re not really hungry for 6 cupcakes with mega frosting either. Take a nap, take a walk or let yourself eat carrots, cheese cubes or nuts. If you’re not hungry for those things, you’re probably not really hungry.
Before you eat anything drink a tall glass of water. Not soda, not juice, not milk – water. Every single time.
Read nutrition content on everything. Added salts, sugars and chemicals aren’t what you need. Purchase real ingredients or consider making your own food more often. I don’t eat many of my favorite cereals now because of the startling sugar content.
Know things will also change for your family. My youngest son asked for sugar for breakfast recently. And we realized we needed a major family change. Do you know how quickly my kids started eating healthier? It happened the same day I brought home healthy groceries, snacks and that was the only option in our house. The same day.
Make the decision about foods with natural sugar. I’m still eating fruit and drinking milk. These items both have natural sugars and I’m comfortable with my decision.
Just think about one day at a time. On previous healthy eating plans, I’d starve myself to get to my goal weight – and I was miserable most of the time. Counting calories when you’re starving is torture. I told myself I’d never do that again. I needed to relearn how to eat healthy – really healthy. I’ve found that just thinking about today (and making plans for tomorrow), is helpful for my new plan to seem reasonable.
If you have something that has taken over your life, think about what it is doing to you and how you can overcome this obstacle. Each tiny decision matters and can make a difference in your overall health. Try to make small, meaningful changes each day and you’ll notice they begin to change your life. #LoveThisStuff
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