Are you addicted to sugar? Does the sugar devil have you craving sugar everyday of your life? Does it consume you daily in all your thoughts and actions? If yes, you are not alone. (and it doesn’t have to be that way) There are lots of us out there with the same sugar issues and we are all struggling overcome them. That is why I started this blog. To overcome it. Both you and I. I have the credentials, but I still need to do the work. Each and every day … not just once in awhile…or when I am “in the mood”.
Let’s take a look at how this sugar addiction happened. How did it get out of control? For me, it all started back in the 80′s when the food and weight loss industry was on a Fat Free kick. They told us that fat should be banned from our lives and we were eating too much of it. Too many Americans had high blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart disease and they determined it was caused by too much fat in our diets.
So in an effort to reduce those diseases, eliminating fat from the diet became the #1 focus of the food industry. In therory it was a good idea. Everyone came out with fat free products and marketed the daylights out of it the the American public. If it had Fat Free on the package, we bought it. I don’t know of anyone who didn’t.
But, when you take the fat out of the product, you better believe that they are going to Read More→
Eat to live and having a healthy body is a good goal for all of us. But when the boss is screaming and the deadline is near many of us turn to sugary foods to get that quick burst of feel good feeling and to calm us down. But then 3 hours later your sugar cravings are rearing its ugly head and you can’t think of anything but getting another donut to fix the problem! But its really mind over matter on how you deal with those stresses and how bad you let the sugar cravings get.
The problem with sugar cravings may end with the scale but it begins in the mind. Stress takes its toll on your life. When your defenses are compromised you tend to look for something that will make you feel better ~ and quickly. Sugar can give you that quick emotional boost you are looking for, but at the same time, your health takes a hit and so do your long term emotions.
We all have good days and bad days. How you deal with the bad ones brings your sugar cravings into play. We all tend to look for comfort for our hurts. I think people use sugary food for comfort because it won’t judge them or hurt them. And of course eating pleasurable foods stimulates the release of endorphins just like exercise. So, you get that temporary high after you eat.
The problem is 3 hours later when you want more of that sugary stuff and the sugar cravings set in. Odds are you still have the original problem and now you have compounded it with sugar cravings.
Keep in the back of your mind the biggest challenge isn’t what you eat, ( remember: mind over matter!) but recognizing what mental and emotional habits causes you to eat. And then say to yourself: what can I do differently? Here are a few quick tips to eliminate sugar cravings:
1. Bite into a lemon. You won’t want anything after that. Remember: its mind over matter! Plus it helps alkalize your body.
2. Eat a Hall’s cough drop. Same principle.
3. Brush your teeth. People get a “taste” for something and think they have to have it. It is a very temporary thing, driven by your thoughts. Do something opposite of what you are craving, and do it quickly. You can turn things around immediately. My hubby has been doing this for years. He can turn off any food with this little trick. Plus your dentist bills are sure to be lower!
Finding alternative ways to solve your problems and deal with your life issues will push food out of the equation. You’ll feel good about finding solutions which will replace the dependence on sugary food. This does take time and determination. Put a list of alternatives on your refrigerator so you can just pick one to use rather than have to come up with one instantaneously. Makes a difference.
Remember, there are no mistakes, only lessons. Love yourself, trust your choices and everything is possible.
~Cheri Carter Scott
A friend of mine (male) is trying to get off sugar, and asked me why he has been unable to get through even one day, yet alone totally off it. So that prompted me to write a blog post on how to help men get off sugar. Bet you never thought it would be different for men than it is for women. But it definitely is. And some of the differences are due to tradition, attitude, custom, and perspective. So let’s get right to it.
1. Treat it like a business goal: know that there will be some uncomfortable times in making changes; know there is a learning curve; know that if the first time you do not succeed – try, try try again – until you figure it out.
Many times men will give up if they don’t succeed the first time. And that is just silly! Bet you didn’t ride that 2 wheeler perfect the first time you got on it! Knowing it is going to take time, determination, and diligence to get you your goal.
2. The ladies will search for sugar free products, sugar free recipes and then go food shopping and get in the necessary items. Do men approach getting off sugar this way? No way. They want a fast, clear cut answer on how to do it, so they can just go out and do it. Sigh. If only it were that easy.
Men are not likely to be in the kitchen fixing up healthy alternatives to sugar laden processed food. They are more likely to try to “tough it out”. If that works for you, then great. But for most, it is short lived.
Finding healthy alternatives that you like, is the best approach. Because if you don’t, you now have a huge void. And you feel empty and unfulfilled.
3. For most people, they know where they are going to be for the next 5-7 days of their life. Plan your food for it! At least a day in advance. That way you have the security of knowing what you are going to eat the next day. You will not have to worry about starving and there is a certain amount of comfort in knowing what you are going to be eating.
It makes it much easier to pass on the donuts the local sales rep brought in. ( Think about it – if you didn’t have a food plan, would you be diving into the free donuts? even if you swore upside down last night you were getting off sugar the next day).
4. Be prepared. Have plenty of good, healthy foods available, even if you don’t cook. Fresh fruit is the easiest to have on hand. Yes, it does have sugar, but it is packed in nature and has many macro and micro nutrients your body needs; plus has fiber to slow down the release of sugar into your blood stream. It also satisfies those sugar cravings quite well.
So it doesn’t matter if you do kitchen time or not, you can easily be stocked with healthy alternatives.
5. Easy foods to have on hand, home, office or traveling:
organic cereals such as Kashi cinnamon crisps
Kashi Vanilla Island Cereal
You would be surprised how satisfying it is to munch on organic cinnamon crisps when you are traveling. Its always esy to pick up a 1% milk, or even almond milk for home or motel room.
Ever dip your celery stick or carrot into the peanut butter jar? Its really good. Try it soon. It satisfies that urge for something “good” yet it has next to no sugar and good proteins and fats. You will feel like you are cheating.
My husband takes some of these snacks when fishing, hunting, or going to work (contractor). He likes them and even requests them sometimes if I haven’t sent in awhile.
Just one way I help my guy to get off sugar and develop better eating habits. You and your guy can do it too. Just get rid of the junk in the house and replace with the healthier choices. You will put yourself in a win-win position by doing so. Oh, and did I mention your heart will thank you too? It will.
But Before We Get Started…
It’s important to realize that burning belly fat involves burning fat throughout your body in general.
Trying to target specific areas of your body is called “spot exercising” or “spot reduction.” It doesn’t actually work. In order to burn belly fat, you need to implement an effective overall fat burning program.
This method will help you do just that.
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I think its pretty obvious to all of us that . That’s a no brainer, right? But with all the demands on us in our modern, fast paced life styles, doesn’t it make sense to use modern nutrition to help make it easier?
When you eat the proper food groups daily, you are building your body by providing it with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients it requires to live healthy. As you grow older however, your body will need more of one thing than it will another. The trick here is how to accomplish it without spending all day in the kitchen cooking or out shopping for the food?
Vitamins and herbs are a great way to increase your health and reduce risks of disease. If your body gets the proper vitamins it needs, your body will work to live longer. WOW. That is a powerful statement, don’t you agree?
You have a wide selection of vitamins available to you, yet you should learn about the two groups before taking regimens. Look up the water and fat-soluble. Herbs will provide you a health kit that assists you with healthy aging as well. Especially kelp. Its a power packed herb that helps tremendously.
But the one thing I want to tell you about today is Greens First. Its a tasty green drink that will give you 15 fruits and vegetables in one glass! How is that for getting what you need easily! Just mix this up in the morning before you head out the door and know that your bodies getting the nutrition that it needs. Thank you modern nutrition! Couldn’t do it without you. I now have it on auto delivery so I never have to run out…I like it that much. It gives me great energy and I feel great. There is no way I could eat all those foods every day on a consistent basis. Its just not possible. So I am grateful or the modern nutrition that makes it so easy for me. And its organic. So I don’t have to worry about all the chemicals being harmful.
How to slow aging as we gain years has to do with the fact that our mind and nerves are not as good as they were 20 years earlier. Living day to day brings a lot of stress into our lives. Some of the stress can be controlled, but not all of it can. Everyone will always have a certain amount of stress on a daily basis. The excess can either be your best friend or worst enemy. It takes you to make it your own.
Are you a person that stays in the house all the time who does not know your next door neighbor? Everyone need to get out and socialize with other people, it will help you relieve the stress of being alone. Sometimes being with other people, you can learn from them about how they handle stress just by observing and being welcoming.
Get rid of as much stress as you can or it will lead into depression, maybe a heart disease, stress can cause many things to happen to your body. As aging progresses, our bodies lack the functions or abilities to maintain good health. We need to work at it more in the simple daily things we use to be able to take for granted. But you can do it! All it takes is a plan and action. Read More→
You are wondering if your sugar cravings are ruining your diet efforts. You are overweight by 20 pounds and you are determined to get it off and keep it off for good this time. You go wholeheartedly into your efforts. You join a gym and go 3 times a week for aerobic classes, you walk every night for 20 minutes whether you went to the gym or not, you are eating more vegetables than you thought possible, and it worked! You lost 5 pounds! Yeah, you are happy, happy, happy.
That was the first 10 days. And then the weight loss stopped. What happened? You are still going to the gym, but you are only doing 20 minutes of weights instead of the hour class..that really was too intense. You are still eating the vegetables, but adding “just a little” butter to give them more flavor. And you had to eat out 3 times this past week cause of your kids activities, and besides, what is the difference if it is a beef hot dog instead of the turkey hot dog, you only ate a small part of the bun – enough to hold the dog in your hand at the game.
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Some people think, or feel, that if you are carb sensitive there is nothing to be done about it. That more than likely it is hereditary and if they are – they are. I beg to differ with them. I think if you are carb sensitive, it is more than likely due to your food choices – not heredity. If you ingest an over abundance of sugar, sugary foods, and processed sweets and processed foods you are setting yourself up to be carb sensitive.
Well, to me, it is just common sense that if you ate your way there, you can eat your way out of there. Does that make sense to you? If you stop eating ll the high sugar foods and processed foods and started to cook more at home and make better choices when eating out, doesn’t it make sense that your body can do a turn around and stop being carb sensitive?
The real big question is “How to go about changing your food choices for a healthier body?” Read More→
Recently I asked the question: Are you carb sensitive? It hit home to many readers and I got emails asking me to be more specific on how they would actually know if they are. They wanted a program or questionnaire of sorts so that they could figure out for themselves if they are carb sensitive. Sort of a self diagnosis, if you will.
The concern, of course, is because if you are carb sensitive, then your body can no longer burn fat effectively, and a good deal of the carbs you eat will turn into fat and you will find them deposited on hips, thighs and stomach. If you are one of those people that “can’t lose weight no matter what you do” this very well could be why.
So here are questions that you can ask yourself to determine if you are carb sensitive: Read More→
Do you know if you are carb sensitive and do you care? Well, answering the second part is easy: yes, you do care! It has a direct affect on your sugar cravings and therefore your health and weight, which we are all concerned with in one way or another. Do you know of anyone who doesn’t want to be healthy?
But how do you know if you are carb sensitive? That is the tricky part. Let’s take a look at how you can determine for yourself if you are carb sensitive.
If in your daily food in take you eat a lot of sugar and processed, refined foods such as white bread, cookies, cakes, crackers, pretzels, potato chips, tortilla chips, pasta, donuts, bagels, rice, potatoes, etc. you probably Read More→