Yesterday I shared a little more on my sugar-free detox. Today I want to share a handful of tips if you are preparing to cut sugar.
Identify the cravings. For me it was mid-afternoon and late night snacks. That’s when I wanted to reach for the treats. Ask yourself: ‘Am I really hungry for sweets or is something else going on? Am I bored? Sad? Tired? Procrastinating?’ I realized I was reaching for junk because I was tired! It wasn’t hunger. My fix? I grabbed a handful of cashews and raisins in the afternoon and drank a glass of water at night and went to bed (an hour earlier). Those crazy-mad cravings subsided in a few days. They were still there, but they weren’t so controlling.
Prepare. Until you get through those first few weeks, get the sugar out of the house (and your immediate work space). Don’t buy it. Don’t store it. Don’t have it available. You’ll think about it the first few days, but those cravings will subside. Stock up on snacks, even “sweet” ones like raisins, fruit, nuts, etc. to get you through. Also, drink lots and lots of water. Divide your weight in half. Drink that in ounces.
Replace. Instead of reaching for that sugary treat, grab a book and read to your kids, chug some water, take a walk, call a friend, eat some carrot sticks or frozen grapes, do 25 jumping jacks. My point? Do something else. Don’t just sit there and salivate Think about what those alternative activites are before you are in panic sugar-mode. Write them down, if necessary.
Allow for slip-ups. They will come, especially at first, and that’s OK. Notice how you feel afterward. I became so tired so quickly. And if I ate a lot of sugar during those first few weeks, I noticed the next day my skin flared up quickly and fiercly and lost a little glow. And I don’t like it when my glow goes!
Let your body heal. After I broke up with sugar, the temples on my face cleared up within days. DAYS! I’d battled this for years and within days, a non-chemical, non-doctor, non-pill, non-cream solution. Once that initial inflammation was gone, I can now eat a small amount of sweets without an immediate flare up.
Remind yourself: This isn’t a battle in willpower, this is a lifestyle. This isn’t a struggle in self-control, this is a new way of living. If you slip up, don’t beat yourself up. You haven’t lost the war!
Have you quit sugar? Would you like to quit?
If you’ve quit, what have you experienced? What other tips can you offer to those starting out?
If you haven’t but want to, what is holding you back?