As someone who struggled with uncontrolled sugar cravings for years, I have a passion for working with others who are facing the same challenge.
I’ve come to realize that there is a common misconception amongst people who are struggling with sugar addiction. Many of them believe that fighting a sugar addiction equates to giving up sweets completely, much like how you see other addictions (like drugs and alcohol) are treated. This leads to an “all-or-nothing” mentality that keeps people stuck in the struggle.
What sugar addiction recovery looks like
Here’s what giving up a sugar addiction looks like for me:
- Not scouring the cupboards everyday around 3pm looking for sweets someone may have brought into the office
- Being able to eat two cookies after a healthy meal instead of two dozen mindlessly over the course of the day
- Eating a reasonable amount of dessert that doesn’t make me feel sick afterward
- Not feeling bad about myself when I do overeat or punishing myself with restrictive eating disguised as healthy
- Being free of blood sugar spikes that leave me feeling irritable, confused and tired
- A healthy future free of diabetes, heart disease and other chronic degenerative diseases
- Truly appreciating desserts and treats
- Taking my power back
How to quit your sugar addiction
There are a few different ways to resolve this issue. For more long term sustainable healing, I like to address the following three areas:
- Balancing blood sugar is key to reducing cravings.
- Reduce overall consumption of sugar to refine and re-sensitize your palate.
- Develop healthy new habits.
- Simple techniques (like eating sweets after a meal) will reduce the amount you eat AND reduce mindless eating, which also allows you to truly enjoy your treats more.
- Assess your diet for hidden sugars. Did you know there are 66 grams of sugar in the spicy chicken at PF Chang’s? Being aware of these less obvious sources empowers you to make healthier choices. By reducing your overall intake, you will begin to crave less.
- Redefine “snacks” and “breakfasts” like granola, overnight oats and energy bars as treats to be enjoyed when you want something sweet.
- Are you struggling with shame or self-judgement around your sugar intake?
- Is there an emotional trigger connected to your sugar consumption? This can often seem scary to look at, but awareness is empowering. Oftentimes, what seems so scary is really no big deal when brought into the light.
You can have your cake and eat it too, without the guilt, cravings and sense of powerlessness. Contact me today for a consultation!