I'll get right to the sweet spot.
One of the biggest obstacles that gets in the way of a our wellness goals is excessive sugar intake. Across the board, this is our biggest issue, and one that is very difficult to rise above. Besides adding empty calories and adding fluff to our fat cells, sugar has more sinister and far-reaching effects.
Sugar creates chronic inflammation in our bodies, and inflammation not only leads to disease, but is a HUGE road block/barrier to our health goals. Whether or not we feel the typical symptoms, it’s likely that our bodies are battling it daily. Chronic inflammation brings weight loss to a halt, creates brain fog, hormonal imbalances, pain, inability to sleep, depression, and fatigue. Sound familiar?
The first line of defense against this beast is reducing your sugar intake. Sugar is a hard habit to break. In truth, sugar is more addictive than cocaine and heroin, so ditching it takes effort. It CAN be done, and we will do it ... we just have to start small.
Here are 11 actions you can take - today! - that will help reduce your sugar cravings and create more stable blood sugar levels:
Identify Your Triggers
What is it that sends you sprinting to the pantry for a quick hit of "the white stuff?" Without knowing what sets you off, you'll be fighting an endless battle. Think about your pitfalls, and create a plan to overcome them. Write out your action plan; tape it to doors and mirrors - seriously! The struggle is real, but the solutions are here.
Don't Go Cold Turkey
Doing too much, too fast can cause a nasty backlash. Start by adding more healthy fat, fiber, and protein into your overall diet. Then, cut sugary portions in half by mixing them with non-sugary ones. Try mixing plain greek yogurt in with your usual yogurt. Doing so will make the blood sugar spike less dramatic, causing you to crave less sugar.
Don't Go Hungry
Don’t skip meals or eat too little calories. Eat your 3 squares a day, each complete with greens, healthy fat, fiber, and protein. When you give your body what it needs to do the work of living your amazing life, your cravings for sugar will decrease. Nourish your fabulous self.
Eating protein for breakfast will help to create or maintain a more even blood sugar curve, so you will be less likely to crave sugar for your next snack or meal.
Avoid Artifical Sweeteners
We wrongly assume that artificial sweeteners are a better choice because they have less (or zero) calories. Please don’t buy into this! Artificial sweeteners, besides being like poison to our bodies, actually cause our bodies to crave sugar. Choose honey or stevia instead.
Break A Sweat
If we are addicted to sugar, there is an excess amount of insulin in our bodies, which makes us store fat and seek out even more sugar. The fastest way to get rid of insulin? Exercise! Use your muscles! They will gobble up that excess sugar and help you break a nice, detoxifying sweat, too. Win-win!
Kale chips, a splash of California sun and a Billboard hit are all part of the recipe of Lori Zabka’s life’s work. Founder of wellness company, “Life by Lori Z,” her full-time passion is helping other busy women find their own voices and live their healthiest lives.