Sugar. It can be such a source of joy, comfort, and celebration, while it can just as easily transform into an uncontrollable source of weight gain, shame spirals, and some rough bouts of acne and bloating (I know... hot).
And just like you, I've been there, walking that line between the good, the bad, and the ugly side of sugar.
But why is it so hard to walk that line? Why is it such a slippery slope? And is there room for sugar in a healthy, well-balance diet?
I cover all that and more in this episode of the Life Unleashed Podcast.
1. You can't go straight from borderline addiction right into a healthy, balanced relationship with sugar. You do have to go through a detox period to get it out of your system and to shutdown the feedback loops.
This, as I'm sure you know, is not easy. Treat this like you're breaking a true addiction, because you are. You need support, you need help coping with triggers, you need people encouraging you when all you want to do is dive head first in a gallon of ice cream after a stressful day at work.
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2. You have to deal with the real shit that caused the addiction in the first place.
If you started using sugar as a way to deal with your jackass boss, or as a way to feel in control when life feels totally out of control (like during a pandemic for instance), or to deal with feeling lonely when you don't have a significant other, you have to process those things head on. Otherwise you'll find yourself right back in an unhealthy relationship with sugar in no time.
Anytime you do allow sugar into your life, make sure it's a dietary choice, not an emotional impulse.
3. Eat a more nutrient-dense rich diet.
A lot of cravings can be traced back to insufficient vitamins and minerals in your body.
Plus, eating a healthy diet filled with fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean meats, and healthy fats turns those feedback loops we talked about on their head.
These foods help feed the good bacteria in your gut, making it harder for bad bacteria to proliferate. They help give you sustained energy, instead of the spikes and drops of sugary food. And it helps rewire those reward centers in our brain back towards normalcy.
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