Everyone wants to be healthier? Stronger? Smarter? Am I right? It’s not just me? With it being January many people are trying to eat better, exercise more, and just in general be better people. Because New Year Resolutions!
At least, I mean, people were trying. Right? Because let’s be completely honest January is over half over, and most everyone has royally f***ed up and called it quits till next year. Because for some reason that will make a difference. A new year magically means you’ll suck less at ‘whatever’. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve been in the same place. And I, too, make yearly resolutions. But I, also, try to continue to improve no matter what the date says. I rarely succeed in my endeavors, as I’m a professional screw-up. But who’s counting? I’m certainly not.
With all this screwing and giving up in mind I thought it would be a great time for me to explain how I kicked a huge sugar addiction.
When I use the term addiction, I mean literally addicted to sugar. Like as my parents told me I acted like a cocaine addict in withdrawal if I didn’t have sweets. If you think I’m being dramatic than educate yourself. There have been studies to find out if sugar can be truly addictive just like drugs. To read click here.
Now that we are clear I really did have a problem with my drug of choice I will admit that I still indulge in sugar occasionally. Now this is NOT to say that if you have an addiction with something, such as meth, you should ever indulge in it. Don’t be dumb.
Less than two years ago I began the steps to breaking my sugar addiction. And before that it took me years to finally realize what sugar was doing to me. It made me a psycho physically, mentally, and emotionally. I didn’t see this earlier, because I’m an idiot, of course.
So without further ado:
MAKE THE DECISION
First things first, to do this you need to already be going “huh, sugar makes me feel like shit, maybe I should cut back” or something to that equivalent. You have to decide that this is what you’re going to do. This is not a simple step. You will probably go through the 5 stages of grief when deciding. In the end you may repeatedly have to go back to this step. I mean, I swear I was going to die when I took this first step. “But, but I love it and it makes me happy and feel good”. I’d whine about the stupidest stuff. Like somehow I didn’t know it would make me feel better to not be an addict. It was a crap shoot at first, but no matter what I managed to whine to myself and others, deep down I wanted to do this.
TAKE IT SLOW
Constantly, I wanted something sweet. Anything. Everything. But I pushed myself to avoid it for just a day or two a week. It wasn’t about deprivation, it was about breaking an addiction. And let me tell you I probably would have preferred to stab myself in the stomach then not eat sugar. But again I wanted to feel better and not be tied to something that controlled me. I don’t like being controlled. I’d say ask those who have tried, but they are either dead or unable to speak from the repeated throat punches. Anyway, the first several weeks were the worst. Everything in me was screaming that I needed this sugar. GIVE ME SUGAR!!! It was necessary for me to feel good.
Over time, two days a week was easy. When that became easy I added another day or two that I skipped. Before I knew it I was skipping a week without even a craving. My belly bloating reduced and I began to lose weight. In general, I felt better physically, mentally, and emotionally now that I avoided sugar whenever possible.
TREAT YO’ SELF
None of this is not to say I don’t treat myself. In fact just a couple of weeks ago I made cupcakes, just because. And I enjoyed every single sugary bite. No guilt or cravings involved. This was all because it was not something I do every single day or almost ever. Make it a treat. You’ll feel better about eating that piece of cake if you haven’t had sweets all week-long. At least that’s how it is for me. Don’t deprive yourself. There is nothing I hate worse than diets and people who are all about restriction. NO!!!!!! Don’t Do that! I want to choke those people so badly.
Enjoy everything you eat, just be conscious of everything you eat. The best nutrition tip I’ve ever heard is practice conscious eating. So basically that is when you see what you are eating, be aware of what it is and how you’ll feel. If you’re okay with all that then eat the damn thing. If you realize what you are eating it will help you make better food and snack choices.
Like with anything breaking a sugar addiction just takes commitment and patience. You have to want to stay off of sugar as much as possible. Also, knowing when you’ve consumed too much. I can stay committed because I am aware of what sugar does to me. My skin is worse when I eat it and I’m also way more jumpy and anxious when I eat it. All this helps me. I love how I feel when I’m not on sugar and because of that I’m committed.
Above all it is okay to screw it up as long as you get right back up and try again. Don’t give up. Also, don’t be dumb like I am with things and assume that because it worked for me that this will work 100% the same for you. These are just the steps I took to kick the habit. Really want to do something? You’ll figure out what works and stop giving the excuses.
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