How to Kick Sugar, Part 1
I’m an artist and a health coach. I help creative people form healthy habits so they can be productive and confident with their self-expression. I believe that eating sugar can have a serious impact on your level of productivity and confidence. After reading this, you will be able to identify 2 steps that will help you kick sugar.
I spent years being very nervous about putting myself out there- expressing my opinions, ideas and artwork with others. For a long time I had a great job as a glassblower, which fulfilled my love to improve my technical skills, but it kept me safe from having to express my own unique self. I was also satiating my fear of expression with chocolate. I noticed I was a little overweight, but the real problem was that I had stopped making art. I really didn’t have the passion to keep making things if all I was going to do was store it or throw it away. I would stay home and sulk on the couch, and the only socializing I wanted to do was with 4-legged animals. I didn’t want to savor a small square of high quality dark chocolate. I wanted to eat a large bar (or more) of sugary milk chocolate in one sitting. Then I’d feel like crap for doing it and after the sugar high would wear off, I would have to take a nap to feel better. So it became a very unproductive cycle. All the sugar consumption made my brain foggy. I couldn’t concentrate or read books and it made me feel really stupid. The whole process was wreaking havoc on my self-esteem.
I knew something had to change. That’s when I discovered this thing that changed everything. At first I was skeptical, like, that approach will never work for me.
Within 2 weeks, 10lbs melted off my body. I bounced energetically out of bed every morning, had more clarity than I had in years. Most importantly, I began to love my body and finally felt inspiration to make artwork again! The project ideas started to roll in… and this time with a much deeper meaning for me than they had before. I finally started making things and showing my work again.
I’ve developed a system called the Total Energy Transformation to teach people how to kick the sugar habit without giving up sweetness. I’m going to teach you two of the steps I use to help my clients kick sugar.
There are many challenges people encounter with sugar, but for now, I will talk about one specific challenge. That is, when you’re not happy with an area of your life, like your career, your relationships, your finances, where you live, the winter weather, it’s sometimes so much easier to reach for sugar than deal with what’s really going on.
A craving may seem like a pain in the butt, but what if cravings are a messenger to help you step into the best version of who you are? That would be pretty amazing! I believe that sugar cravings are an indicator that we are craving more “sweetness” in our lives. This could be with a romantic partner, our friends or more sweetness with the relationship to ourselves.
It’s amazing how once we begin to stop satiating our sweet cravings with sugar, we start to have the confidence to address the other areas of our life that are begging for our attention.
I have 7 solutions for combating sugar cravings, and today I will give you 2 of the solutions.
- Drink More Water
Sounds crazy, but sometimes sweet cravings are just a sign of dehydration. So pound a glass of water, wait 5 minutes and then see if you still have the craving. Also, too much caffeine mimics a blood sugar crash. You’re high for a bit but then you come crashing down and crave… SUGAR, of course!
- Become acquainted with the sugar impact of the foods you eat. NY Times Bestselling Author and health guru, JJ Virgin, has a great book called the “Sugar Impact Diet”. She categorizes different foods into low, medium and high. You may have heard of the term “glycemic index”. JJ takes that a step further to take into account portion size, and refers to her categorization as the “glycemic load”. The more sugary foods you eat, the more you will crave them. So for example, amongst grains, steel cut oats would fall under “low”, brown rice would fall under “medium” and wheat bread would fall under “high”. Everyone has a varying tolerance of how much sugar they can consume and the best way to figure out what your level is, is to start educating yourself with the sugar impact scale.
I’d like to invite you to a free initial “Kick Your Cravings” strategy session. This is a 45-minute private consultation where we’ll look at what you’re cravings mean, why you’re stuck and how to get unstuck, and what your plan of action is to experience a total transformation.
If you’d like to schedule your free session, sign up here.