I ATE 8 CHOCOLATE WISPA BARS AND KICKED MY SUGAR ADDICTION!
Hello, My name is Susan Lord and I’m a sugar addict!
Did you know that sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine! No, I never knew that neither until recently.
All my life I have struggled with eating chocolate, cakes, biscuits puddings, fizzy drinks etc; Basically sugar.
But not anymore!
About 18 months ago I bought 8 Chocolate Wispa Bars for my children, but I never told them the Wispa bars were for them.
As I’m sure you can guess, I demolished all 8 Wispa Bars over the course of 2 days:
Day 1 – Between 7.30pm and 9pm I ate four bars, all without my kids and my husband noticing!
Day 2 – I arrived home from work at 4pm and by 4.20pm I had scoffed the remaining 4 bars.
At 4.25pm I had to go and pick the kids up from school. Before I got in the car I agonized over how I was going to cope in the evening without any more Wispa bars.
I was like a woman possessed. What the hell am I going to do without any chocolate?
After a traumatic trip to the petrol station to get more chocolate, it finally dawned on me that I was completely out of control and that this had been a pattern throughout my whole life.
I suddenly decided, ENOUGH ALREADY! That’s it! I’m done!
I started to study more about health and nutrition, and in particular how I can kick my sugar habit, be sane and be in control!
Eventually, I managed to work out what I needed to do to get my sugar addiction under control and this was validated when I eventually trained as a Health Coach some months later.
I now CHOOSE if I want to have chocolate or cake, because I’ve created healthy habits to manage my sugar addiction, and lost just under 4 stone in weight in the process! RESULT!
So here are 10 tips to manage your Sugar Cravings
Sugar Craving Solution #1: Check Your Water Intake!
Sometimes sweet cravings are a sign of dehydration. So down a glass of water, wait 10/15 minutes and see if you still have the craving.
Sugar Craving Solution #2: Balance your Blood Sugar
Meals that include a combination of Protein, Healthy Fats and Fibre keeps blood sugar stable, slowing down the release of sugar into the bloodstream.
Sugar Craving Solution #3: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Sweet Veggies, Fruit & Spices.
Add naturally sweet foods & spices to your diet like squash, carrots, beets, parsnips, berries, figs, apples, bananas, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg etc.
Sugar Craving Solution #4: 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 of sugar or caffeine. Power down an hour earlier than usual, and notice how your cravings disappear.
Sugar Craving Solution #5: 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 or too much animal protein can lead to sweet cravings. It’s important to find just the right sweet spot for protein intake so you feel satisfied.
Sugar Craving Solution #6: Sniff Out Low-Fat and Fat-Free Foods.
When food manufacturers take the fat out of foods, what do they put in? Yep, sugar!
Sugar Craving Solution #7: Stop drinking fizzy drinks, including diet fizzy drinks and energy drinks!
There is no nutritional value in these drinks at all. Drinking these drinks is like drinking a cup of SUGAR! That’s all they contain.
Sugar Craving Solution #8: Avoid/cut down on processed food as much as possible
A lot of processed food contain too much added sugar and salt. Things like crisps, ketchup, curry sauce, certain cereals etc, contain sugar. Read the ingredients and avoid/cut down on these foods.
Sugar Craving Solution #9: Move Yourself.
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 chocolate.
Sugar Craving Solution #10: Meditate
Meditation can help ward off cravings by helping reduce stress. Stress creates the hormone cortisol which increases your blood sugar. Adding a short meditation before meals can help you relax during meals, which means better digestion and absorption of nutrients.
Written by: Sue Lord
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