We all struggle with our health and diet choices, and no one is immune.
If I’m being honest, I have really been over-doing it with my sugar intake lately. With the holidays upon us, it has been difficult to avoid.
I was to a point not long ago where the extent of my sugar intake for the day was honey in my hot tea every morning and an occasional sweet treat at special events. I had detoxed myself off almost all sugar in processed foods and learned which items in the grocery store to avoid.
My goal for awhile was maxing out at 5g of sugar from processed foods daily – this does not include complex sugars from fruit or my raw, local honey. Then I would try to eat the 90/10 rule, which plays out as one ‘treat’ a day, anything from a piece of dark chocolate after dinner or more bread than usual when I was eating out for a meal.
With this recent pregnancy I let the rules slide a little. At the beginning I was exhausted and just not feeling well, which often leads to poor food choices. Then later I justified the sugar as a way to get extra calories and energy for the pregnancy. Now I’m doing the same thing, but using breastfeeding as an excuse.
The holidays are always a difficult time to avoid sugar. Many people’s love language is baking and share the love through sweets for Christmas. I may bring healthy choices to parties, but inevitably I end up sampling too many not-so-healthy choices.
My goal for the beginning of the year is to do a sugar detox.
For me, this usually looks like no sugar or sweeteners for 10-14 days. It truly takes this long for the cravings to cease, and it will be painful. Even if you get a taste of something like honey or stevia it gets you craving the other bad sugars again.
Why do we do this to ourselves? We work so hard to get ourselves off our vice (fill in the blank whatever that means for you) and then we slip up, or somehow justify it to ourselves and we’re back where we started. Let me tell you, oftentimes it’s harder the second time to get yourself off.
My sugar cravings usually get real intense, for me it’s especially in the evening after dinner.
How will I cope?
I try eating a large, filling dinner. Then maybe to ward off the craving I will try a cup of hot tea, that usually satisfies, especially in the wintertime. Often staying well hydrated with plenty of water helps any feelings of hunger that may arise. I can use a real fruit smoothie in the morning or maybe even a juice made from fresh fruits and veggies in the afternoon.
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Thanks for reading this article and remember that every journey begins with a single step… Take one today.
~ Kelly ~