20 Oct Kicking Sugar Cravings
I broke my addiction to sugar around month 2 of my wellness journey.
This freedom gave way for a healthier lifestyle,gut, immune system, weight, mindset and ultimately gave me back the reins to my wellness.
Getting the reins back to my wellness gave me freedom to shift my mindset from unhealthy patterns to healthy habits and thinking. Unhealthy habits for me looked like going into a grocery store to shop but not reading the labels to the products I put into my cart to make meals, driving through Starbucks for a drink that was more of a treat, hitting up Sonic for a diet soda way too often for happy hour, and then telling myself I needed to work out so I could eat something sweet after dinner but rarely working out. This is slightly embarrassing, but all true.
A few of the ways my mindset shifted was to desiring to know what was going into the flour to make the bread in my pantry, understanding that most yogurts sold in stores are horrible for our bodies, coming to terms with the reality that “diet anything” means “full of chemicals”, needing to understand how sugar inflames the body – causing damage that may prevent the ability to lose weight amongst many other scary things, I needed to know where my food was coming from, I no longer needed a treat every week let alone every day, my body craves veggies, water and proteins over sweets (seriously pass me eggs and roasted veggies), and I have an excitement to work out because it is improving my wellness and its fun! Not to mention the endorphins released that give your mind and emotions amazing benefits of peace, happiness, and calm.
The purpose of exercise isn’t to make me thin it is to make my body healthy.
Never did I imagine to have this kind of freedom over food, my weight, with my body or in my life.
Throughout high school, college, and some of my adult years my understanding of food and my body image was so off. I did not educate myself on food, the body, and the purpose of exercise. Instead I spent years counting calories, watching fat grams, and starving myself from time to time to stay at a certain weight or to drop weight.
So how did I break my addiction to sugar?
The three ways I broke my addiction was by embracing Bone-broth, starving the addiction to sugar, and using young living peppermint and lemon oils to support my body in curving my cravings.
I fully believe that breaking our addictions to sugar/pre packaged foods/processed foods is our only hope of pursuing and sustaining wellness.
Understanding the amount of sugar and chemicals in pre packaged foods, refined flour, dairy products, sweeteners etc. made breaking the addiction easier because I was fully aware of what I was doing to myself. All my efforts to lose weight were in vein if I was continuing to harm it but filling it with harmful “foods”.
I do not believe going out for a treat is bad or buying ice cream is horrible. Nope. I don’t believe its wise to deprive myself of all sugar. Instead for the most part – I have no desire for it anymore. My idea of a sweet treat isn’t what it use to be, I’ll share more about that later.
Bonebroth- yes I use to be a vegan, then vegetarian, and no I currently don’t eat much meat BUT that doesn’t mean I am unable to see of the benefits of bonebroth for my health. Bonebroth has amazing benefits that can help you burn fat, heal your gut problems, make your skin glow, help you lose weight and feel better because it will help kick your sugar cravings. Y’all I embraced the creepy bone broth and it works!
It did all of those things for me!
I purchased a book called, Dr. KellyAnnes Bone Broth Cook Book and committed to 21 days cooking meals from it and following her plan to detox from sugar. Which does include two days a week of mostly fasting. I created my own versions of meals and made some of hers. Not all of what I cooked with at that time was clean because going clean is a process – unless you are rolling in the cash and can go overhaul your pantry/fridge at one time just for you. I also bought Dr. Axe’s Organic Bone Broth Powder. You can get it online, at health food stores, and some HEB’s carry it too. Its a great source of protein and full of all the goodness that bonebroth offers without the need to make meals for one person, instead you can throw it in the blender with almond milk & some fruit. My family now eats what I cooked from that book but in the beginning they wouldn’t so this was a great option. Also, the powder is a great way to eat clean on a busy schedule.
I have a ton of food allergies that I’ve had almost my entire life but I just assumed that the way my body reacted (hurting, bloating, gas, pain, puffy red face, acne & more) was all normal. Nope, when you eat you are not suppose to have these reactions. These are all indicators that something you put into your body is in fact not suppose to be there. However, with healing my gut and immune system I have been slowly reintroducing some foods I thought I was allergic to but can now eat because I’m at a much healthier place. Now of course foods like bluebell ice cream and queso will cause me to have stomach pain because dairy does not sit well with me and if I drink a soda my face will swell up because of the sugar and sodium along with the other chemically substances in it. Those things are not good for my body and my body is telling me that by reacting with pain and puffiness.
Honestly, it was a hard pill to swallow. Making huge changes was not easy. But I can confidently say that I wont go back to living and eating like that again. For me, I had major reactions to chemically filled, sodium filled, sugar filled foods – my reactions weren’t just in my red undertone on my skin, occasional acne, foggy brain, but those foods literally made me sick to the point I felt like I may die. So for me, making changes was something that I had to do because I could deal with the skin issues and foggy brain/headaches BUT I couldn’t be incredible pain.
In a few days I’ll be back sharing more about Bonebroth, some of my favorite meals I eat daily, and a list of what to do and what not to do when coming off of sugar!
Follow me on Instagram at @happyoilyheart because this week in my stories I’ve talked about oils and next week will be all about food/meals/how to kicksugar in my stories!
Happy Friday Friends!