Sugar is one dangerous beast! It depletes the body of nutrients, feeds infection, contributes to a host of diseases, and is 8x more addictive than cocaine! Learn more about the dangers of sugar in my article, Science of Sugar.
Funny story: My little niece is at that stage where she is starting to notice some people are bigger than others. She doesn’t associate anything negative with people that are bigger, but sometime’s she’ll say things like “That person has a big tummy.” I told her that it could hurt someone’s feelings if she said that… she proceeded to tell me that “people get big tummy’s when they too much bad sugars.” That’s auntie’s girl!
Women with PCOS commonly suffer from insulin resistance and hyperglycemia, and are 5x more susceptible to type two diabetes than average women, so ditching sugar is a MUST.
Here are some simple tricks I’ve found that have helped me along my journey of “kicking the white stuff.” 😉
1. Realize that sugar is an inadimate object. It’s a sensual pleasure. It’s meaningless. Realizing how little of a deal not eating sugar really is can make a world of difference. What does your life truly gain from sugar? Take away it’s power. Don’t let a bunch of little white granules control your life.
2a Take food out of your reward system. Reward yourself with things like a hot bubble bath, a pedicure, a little bit of shopping, or a binge watch of your favorite tv show.
2b If you absolutely, positively, 100% feel like you MUST splurge on something unhealthy to prevent insanity…go for something savory! If you’re going to treat yourself to something junky…don’t make it junky AND sweet. Sure, it won’t be the best thing to put in your body, but it won’t get you craving sugar or put you “in a bad way,” in that regard.
3. For the first few weeks, allow yourself to go FRUIT CRAZY! Fruit may not taste like candy, but it is nature’s candy. Consuming fruit is a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth, without the addiction or the nasty side effects of refined sugar.
4. Learn to create tasty versions of your favorite foods without refined sugar. You can find some wonderful (if I do say so myself 😉) recipes here on my blog, and I will be posting MANY more this upcoming month.
5. Hydrate! Did you know that our hunger often isn’t hunger at all? It’s thirst! So, chug chug chug!
6. Find support! Whether it’s with physical or virtual friends, find people who are on the same journey you are. Learn from them….Teach them….create a comradery.
Have you quit sugar? If so, what are your best tips for beating sugar cravings?
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