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How I Stopped Craving Sugar -from a former sugar addict!
There comes a time in life that you or someone you know has reached the bottom. The bottom of a pit that looks hopeless and miserable and you think you’ll never get out of it. I’ve been there, I know the struggle to say, “Tomorrow will be better, tomorrow I will do everything right, tomorrow I will change my ways and won’t give in to the sweets that call my name, tomorrow things will be better.” Then tomorrow comes, which of course is a Monday and you are ready to take on the day. You made a nice breakfast and have all the stamina of a bull ready to be released and charge into the pit to fight. Lunch comes around and your feeling great; had a nice salad, enjoyed veggies, lean protein and a fruit. Feeling wonderful and happy. 3 pm hits and you have some coffee to help with that sluggish feeling. You start looking in the cupboards for a healthy snack and choose some fruit. But your not satisfied; you can’t concentrate you need something else because certainly fruit isn’t going to hold you over until dinner right? So you go back into the cupboard and find some crackers; “ok cheese and crackers that will work, but those cookies in there for the kids look really good! I can do this, I can have one and be done, I just need a little something sweet, one won’t ruin my healthy day!!” And you take that one bite and if you can relate to this you know how it ends don’t you?
Why Don’t I have enough Will Power to stick to a healthy diet?
At least a dozen different diet plans had been tried from the age of 12 until I was 32. I’d lose some weight and do pretty well for a time only to think I could handle a few treats here and there at birthday parties and holidays, you know…. only special occasions. Then it became more consistent to have a nice special sweet treat just on Sundays to reward myself for a good week of healthy eating. Then Monday rolled around and I was determined to get back on track because of course I knew how to eat healthy and lose weight since I had done it many times before and succeeded. What happened on Monday was the scenario I just shared with you above. I could eat well until about 3 pm and then the treats from Sunday were calling my name that I could not resist. Many times I could make it through the rest of the week until the weekend and then the battle would begin again. Because there was always another party or get together and saying no to the snacks that everyone else was having was just not fair in my opinion. I wanted to eat the way my friends could eat and not gain weight and not have a problem.
But I do have a problem and it’s name is sugar. When did I finally realize and come to the acceptance of this problem? After many failed attempts to limit their consumptions like “normal” people could. I failed miserably because no matter what I did to try to limit eating sweets, sugars hold on me was too strong.
Who needs to remove refined sugars from their life? Anyone who can relate to what I’ve shared here.
Can you relate? Or maybe you haven’t reached that bottom yet and continue to try and manage a way of life with sugar. Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Maybe you are just looking to remove refined sugars for a time to lose weight and then you can decide if it needs to be for good? And that is certainly fine. One day at a time and in this case my 6 week Sugar Detox Plan will help you.
How did I Overcome?
At the age of 32 I joined a program called Prism, detoxed for 6 weeks then for the next 5 – 6 months learned how to bring certain foods back into my diet without issue, lost the weight I wanted to lose and continued maintaining. After 3 years of teaching classes, writing recipes and helping others to do the same, I was pregnant with my 3rd child. Of course now you’d think I had this under control right? I fooled myself into believing that I could handle going back to everything I ate before I started the program and gained 50 pounds in the pregnancy. BUT I still believed I could just go back to the detox program and do it by myself and I’d be fine. The pull for sugar and trying to do it on my own was even stronger than I ever realized. I tried the South Beach diet but again couldn’t stick with it for the long haul once I brought back certain foods. At the age of 35 I decided that once I gain control back to where I was I would NEVER bring white flour or white refined sugars back into my life. The struggle to begin again after my 3rd child was even worse then the first time around at 33. You can read more about this difficult time in my life in my sugar-free journey story. With the help of a friend for accountability I completed another 6 months of detoxing, lost the weight from the pregnancy and have been free from sugar’s hold since then. I just turned 42 in November and you could place a candy, or cake or anything in front of me and I have absolutely no desire to eat it, I can say no thank you and mean it. Does that mean I don’t eat candy or cake ever? Nope! Have you seen the recipes here on my blog? I’ve shown that eating sugar-free can be just as tasty and wonderful and you can eventually enjoy healthier sugar-free desserts without the cravings coming back.
How can you be free from the addiction to sugar to finally lose the weight you want?
Through the years of struggle I have experienced and the programs that I have tried, I have developed my own 6 Week Sugar Detox plan for you. This program will not be easy but it will be worth it. You will remove flours, unhealthy carbs and sugars from your diet for 6 weeks. You will receive a weekly video before starting each week that will explain the details and homework. You will receive a food shopping list and a detailed menu plan for the week. You will have everything spelled out for you in my guidelines to know what exactly you can enjoy and what you need to avoid. The first 2 weeks will be the hardest, the last two of Phase 1 will be a bit easier but you will still be detoxing your body. The program may end there for some of you who feel you have a handle on sugar and have lost weight. But for most of you, 6 weeks will not be enough, it will just be the beginning and you will need to dig deeper. In Phase 2, you will start bringing back some foods to see how your body gradually handles them and learn how to make this a way of life. A change for good. A doable life style. It can be done, I’ve done it and I can show you how!
I wrote this post last year on January 1st, 2013 and prayed it would be a blessing and affordable for anyone who needed some guidance. It has done just that and I’m grateful so many of you have freedom from sugar. The last year was wonderful, but it was a tough year for me with many stresses. I started the writing of a cookbook last Christmas and it took 8 moths, all the while still homeschooling and maintaining 3 recipes a week for the blog. I don’t know how others have done it, but for me, I gained about 10 pounds in the process. All the extra bites, all the test tasting and the stress. Did I return to sugar or backslide in that area? NO way. Did I crave sweets? Nope. I’m free from sugar. I don’t crave anything and for that I am grateful. So you are wondering how did I gain the weight if I didn’t bring sugar back in my life? Portion Distortion. I overate on food. Healthy or not, sugar free or not, you can easily gain weight when you eat too much of anything. I am living proof. So while I struggled with sharing my defeat and sadness today I know many of you will understand and empathize with me. I know what needs to be done. I must get back the discipline I had. I must track all the food that enters my mouth and be diligent and that’s what my own program does. I will be doing the 6 Week Sugar- Detox plan with you, not because I need to detox from sugar. I’ve been sugar free for 10 years now and will never go back to sugar. But I need to gain back portion control. That is how this program works. It provides portion control, sensible eating, and elimination of sugar craving foods.
I hope you will join me on this journey if you are ready to break free of the hold sugar has in your life!
Update February 2020: This Sugar Detox program is no longer available. A new course will be released in April. Subscribe to my email so you won’t miss the announcement.