I know what it’s like to have constant sugar cravings, to be tired all the time and to feel sad. You’re unable to go a day without sugar, you feel out of control, and there’s a sense of hopelessness that it’s never going to change.
You keep trying to eat healthier, make a few changes here and there, but nothing ever sticks.
Deep down you feel like you’re addicted to sugar. You want to make lasting change but don’t know where to start.
You’re scared, lonely and frustrated. You’re worried about what might happen to your health if you don’t get control of this soon.
I frequently hear these types of comments from my clients. You are not alone in feeling this way. I personally felt this way for a long time.
I struggled with digestive issues, insidious sugar cravings and constant thoughts about my next sweet fix.
Today my energy is back. My brain fog has lifted. My tastebuds have changed. I’m thoroughly satisfied with the food I eat, and I’m able to have a healthy, sweet treat every now and then.
There is a way through this. I did it and so can you. Here are six steps you can start implementing today to let go of sugar and reclaim your own inner sweetness.
1. Get clear on where you are with your health. The first step is understanding the current state of your wellbeing. Be brutally honest with yourself. Don’t sugar coat and pretend things aren’t as they really are. Get some blood work done. Do a full body scan. Make note of your symptoms. Record your moods, quality of sleep, weight, energy levels, and how your clothes feel. Start noticing your thoughts and behaviours around sugar and sweet foods. Do you sneak, hide and stash? This will give you your baseline. A place to start shifting away from.
2. Determine if you’re truly ready to change. If you are just thinking about making a change, but not quite ready to take action, the timing might be off. You might need to contemplate a little longer. If you jump into making changes before you are truly ready, then the changes won’t stick. You’ll be back to square one before you can say chocolate chip cookie. If letting go of sugar is something you’ve been considering for a while now, you’ve done some research, tried a few things and put supports in place, then now might be your time.
3. Develop your why. Understanding why you want to change can go along way to keeping you motivated once you begin to let go of sugar. To get to your why, look ahead to when you are 60, 70 or 80 years old. What’s the vision you have for your life at these ages? What do you want to be able to do? What does your life look like at your absolute healthiest? What internal desire or dream do you have for your life? These are the reasons why you truly want to change.
4. Do a sugar-free trial run. Now that you’ve identified your baseline, determined if you are ready to let go of sugar, and gotten clear on your vision, you are ready to do a trial run. Pick a day, develop a whole foods menu, and eliminate all added sugars, fruit and high carbohydrate foods. Testing this out for 24 hours, will give you the inspiration and motivation to do it for real. If you can do it for one day, you can do it for two, three, four days and so on.
5. Find out where the sweetness is missing – Struggles with food are never about the food itself. Take a look at the other areas of your life to determine why you are turning to sugar to fill you up. Are you fulfilled in the areas of relationships, career, movement and spirituality? What area needs some work? Bringing sweetness back into that area of your life, might just remove the needs for sweet treats.
6. Get some support and structure. Letting go of sugar is tough. It’s not something that most people are very successful at all by themselves. Research shows that support and being connected to others is one of the keys to successful lifestyle change. It’s going to take anywhere from two to four months to really let go of sugar once and for all, and you’ll need some support, structure, tools and resources to do it right.
Do you think this sounds like a reasonable place to start? I always find that breaking things down into a few easy doable chunks really helps to make it manageable. Will you commit to taking some time to try out these first few steps?
These six steps are the pre-work before taking on the larger process of transforming your relationship with food, your body, and with sugar. But they are absolutely necessary if you want to make real lasting change.
If you are ready to shift your relationship with sugar for good, I can help. Drop me an email and we’ll schedule a free 30 minute phone chat to discuss if we’d be a good fit for one another and what service or offering would work best for you. firstname.lastname@example.org