Thursday, February 4, 2010

Day 2 no sugar. 7 tips for cutting the sugar cravings!

This is day 2 of my "no sugar" 30 day detox plan.  I announced in class what I am doing and asked if anyone wanted to join me and I was surprised there were already a few who committed since Monday on their own.  After I posted it on Facebook, many others jumped on the bandwagon. So whether or not you are joining me on an all out "no sugar" 30 day detox plan or not.  I suggest you take this time to notice how much sugar you are having in your diet and begin cut it down.

Sugar can be just as addicting as any drug. The more we eat it, the more we crave it and for those who have a hard time losing weight, reducing sugar intake is the key to reducing cravings for sweets and simple carbs.  I received an email from someone today who agreed to join me and asked how to deal with the cravings. Here are some tips.

1. You are going to have cravings for sugar so just be aware of it so you don't use the craving as an excuse to give in.  Just feel the craving and do your best to put your attention on something else and leave the kitchen.

2. Detoxing your body will help reduce the cravings for sugar.  Drink lots of water with lemon to help make your body more alkaline. This will help the cravings go away.

3. Remember that the cravings are not always physical but mental as well. If you are in the habit of eating chocolate every day at 3 or you always get a sugary coffee drink in the afternoon then replace that habit with a new, upgraded habit.  Try licorice tea it is very sweet and can seriously help your sweet tooth.

4. The more sugar you eat, the more sugar you want to eat.  The less you eat the less you want it and if you see it, you will want it.  Clean out your cupboards, fridge and secret hiding places of all sugary snacks and foods.  Don't have it in your home.  A craving only lasts because you focus on it over and over again.  Every time you see the chocolate you are going to crave it. Just toss and be free!!

5. Don't be fooled by the "sugar free labels". I was shopping in whole foods and I saw all of these "no sugar cookies" that I have never seen before but they caught my eye like never before and I even considered giving them a try, for a second! When we make a decision to give up something it often is on our mind more than ever before.  Those processed treats are still white flour, simple carbs and full of things you probably can't pronounce. Don't buy them!

6. Please don't replace sugar with artificial sweeteners. Now days there are so many good options that we really don't need to give up one bad thing for another.  The chemicals in the artificial sweeteners simply don't belong in your body and can actually increase your craving for sugar.

7. Remember, once the sugar gets out of your system you will no longer crave it. Don't feed the pain feed the wellness.  Once you break the sugar habit you can put it back in, in moderation but if your are really serious about making a change don't use the old trick, "just one".  If you are a sugar addict that "just one" really means just one box.

Remember that it is certainly not easy to kick the sugar habit or change any habit for that matter. There are ways to get yourself to the other side. The number one thing that will help you follow through and do what you want to do is simply keep your word.  Do what you say you are going to do even if you don't feel like it.  When you can be someone who can get themselves to do what they really want to do, you are free and simple that leads to "thinner peace".

For more info on how to achieve thinner peace read my book "The intenSati method, 7 secret principles to thinner peace".