Hi Three to Five Tribe! I have a confession to make. This past Fourth of July was the first Fourth of July in my entire life that I didn’t binge on junk food. In years past, leading up to the Fourth of July, I would restrict my daily caloric intake knowing I would be in my bathing suit for a few days as I celebrated America’s independence with family and friends. However, when the Fourth of July would roll around I would totally take full advantage of the holiday treats, which would lead me down a slippery slope of more unhealthy food choices. (Think sweet treats like soft baked cookies, double chocolate fudge brownies and bowls of ice cream). Needless to say, sugar is my achilles heal.
Why I Say No to Sugar
It’s been a decade long journey and took me my entire 20’s to figure out how specific foods affect me and I can now say without a doubt, I know what happens to me when I indulge in sweet treats (aka sugar) and believe me, it’s not good:
- Disrupted digestion
- Physical fatigue
- Brain fog
- Extreme emotions (Mental breakdown that usually ends in a stream of tears – Oh yeah, it’s happened more than once, ask my family).
I basically wake up the next day feeling like I have been hit (twice) by a semi truck then rolled over again as it drives away. Sugar is also a trigger for me and acts as my gateway drug that leads me to craving more sugar, which can lead to weight gain for me in the future.
Nowadays, I have successfully slayed my sugar dragon and politely pass on anything with added sugar. Is it hard to say no to an ooey gooey homemade brownie topped with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream? Absolutely, but if there is ever a time where I really, really want it, I will just go for it and enjoy every damn bite. (Here’s my method on how I know what foods are really worth it for me and what foods are not worth it).
For the most part, when I politely pass and say no to certain foods, especially sugary ones, it’s not because I don’t like those foods, it’s because I know my body does not respond well to these foods and feeling good physically, mentally and emotionally matters more to me than a few minutes of flavor. Decadent desserts and sweet treats will always look divine to me and although I will enjoy them on occasion, for the most part, the unpleasant side effects are just not worth it to me any more.
So how does this apply to you? I highly encourage anyone who struggles with sugar addiction (or any food addiction for that matter) to try an elimination plan like the Whole30 to see how your body responds when you eliminate certain foods. If protocols just aren’t your thing that’s okay! Instead, simply pick your trigger food or foods that you know are your weaknesses and avoid them for a set amount of days. (I recommend a minimum of 9 days because it’s less than 10, but more than a week) then see how you feel without them in your life. You may be surprised with how you feel! Try this challenge and see if you can discover what foods just aren’t worth it to you (or your health and happiness) anymore. You can do it, I believe in you!
Saying no to sugary sweets three to five times,