I really love sugar. I mean, come on, my mom is an amazing baker. It’s always around: the fudge, the caramels, the cookies, the chocolate cake.
Feast your eyes on THAT:
Wiping my mouth off.
Okay, so after finding myself eating stale marshmallows in the pantry in the dark (they weren’t even close to good), I think I hit my sugar bottom. This desire to eradicate unhealthy sugar from my diet is also largely informed by new science indicating your gut bacteria have a big influence on what you crave.
Read the full article here, but my layperson’s takeaway is that when you eat a lot of a particular food (in my case, sugar), your gut bacteria is populated with sugar-bacteria. If that reigns supreme, it tells your brain to eat more sugar and fewer peas, or what have you. I always felt like I just didn’t have adequate self-control when it came to eating copious nibbles (equally one huge bite) of brownies. Now I know it is part brain//part gut.
To repopulate my gut with good-food desiring bacteria, I have to feed it that.
Join my Facebook group. We are almost 100 strong!
Be in community where we’re sharing what we’re eating, what substitutes we’re finding for the sugar-laced salad dressings, breads, yogurts, and ordinary parts of our food world that have been overtaken by sugar.
On a practical level, we know how bad sugar is for you. And yet, five days into this and I am humbled by how badly I want it. How many ways I can justify having it in my mind. And how having a group who I know is suffering these same cravings and hardships has helped steady my resolve. Sugar, I’m kicking you out!
A few tips that appear to be helping the group:
So often when I want to snack, I’m really dehydrated.
Mine: the Klean Kanteen:
Do you like wide mouth or narrow? Straw or sippy? Or a plain ole mason jar?
2. identify your weaknesses and get away from that food.
Afternoons are a weak time for me. A few pieces of chocolate, a bowl of cereal that has organic cane juice (sugar!), and yet, I’m never satisfied. Appetite squelched for dinner but I’m craving ice cream after the kids fall asleep.
3. substitute for when you have intense cravings, or for when you usually consume the sugar.
I read a great book called the The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business last year. Highly recommend it. It talked about breaking a cycle and needing a place holder.
I’m drinking this tea instead of cocoa.
I’m eating nuts and dried fruit instead of fudge snacks. Also, FRUIT LEATHER!!
I don’t have a substitute for my late night ice cream. Suggestions??
4. read the labels and make your own or redo your shopping list.
salad dressings? yogurt? bread? yup yup yup. More on these on my Week Eats column tomorrow.
5. offer it up for a particular person.
One sweet girlfriend made this suggestion and I’m offering up my sugar cravings for the next 30 days for a very special intention near & dear to my heart.
Come & suffer with us!