Are you struggling with sugar cravings after Easter then keep reading this post. Easter is the most sugar packed holiday after Christmas. Supermarkets are packed with colorful Easter eggs and all the other good stuff that we are told that we should “allow ourselves to eat” since it’s Easter. Easter only comes once a year, right? Oh boy…
Even though I have been sugar free for almost 6 months now, Easter turned out to be a very triggering time for me and I’ve had far more thoughts about sugars as I’ve had since I gave it up for good. So if you’re feeling shameful about losing control during the holiday, forget about it! It takes supernatural willpower to resist sugar this time of year.
Anyway, today I have 4 easy tips to ditch the sugar once again. They are very effective and well tested. Number 3 is my favorite! Here goes:
1. DON’T BE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF
Stop beating yourself up about eating all that sugar. So what if you ate too much sugar? It doesn’t make you a bad person. What matters right now isn’t what you did, it’s what you do to move on.
For the next couple of days, I’ll ask two things of you: 1) Do not stand in front of the mirror and stare at your bloated stomach. There’s no need to create more self loathing. Just don’t do it! Give your poor stomach a few days to get back to normal. Because it will in a few days if you follow these four tips.
And 2) Don’t listen to your negative thoughts. Especially those calling you fat or saying that you have no willpower and that you’ll never succeed in anything. Those are not real thoughts. This is your sugar hijacked brain trying to get you to feel so hopeless and so out of control and as if nothing matters with the sole intention of leading you straight back to eating even more sugar. So don’t listen to them. See if you can find some positive things to say to yourself, even if everything seems a bit hopeless at this stage.
2. LOWER YOUR CARB INTAKE
One of the most effective way to stop craving sugar is to lower your carb intake. And by carbs I mean carbs coming from bread, pasta, rice and obviously sugar. You can (and should) still eat as many vegetables as you can.
One really good trick it to start your day with a meal based on protein and fats, like an omelet made with 2-3 eggs cooked in butter and filled with ham and cheese. You can eat carbs, for sure, but save them for later in the day. This type of breakfast will leave your blood sugar ultra stable and you’ll feel that effecting you all the way to the afternoon.
See breakfast ideas here: Low carb breakfast recipes
Also make sure you add some healthy fats (butter, coconut oil, olive oil) to your diet when you lower your carbs. Going low carb low fat will leave you hungry, craving and miserable.
3. EAT ENOUGH FOOD
I understand if you’re tempted to restrict calories after overindulging during Easter but please don’t do it. Restricting calories and being in a calorie deficit can so easily backfire as your body will respond with sugar cravings from hell.
I understand that you want to lose weight, I really do, but right now, your main purpose is to become sugar-free. And once sugar-free, losing weight will become so much easier. So don’t set yourself up for disaster by trying to stop eating sugar and limiting calories at the same time.
This is especially important during the first days and maybe even weeks.
If you chose to follow only one advice from this blog, let it be this one. I cannot stress enough how important eating enough food is.
Once you’re free of sugar and you feel calm and stable again, you can begin to slowly lower your calorie intake a bit if you want to lose weight. But never go too low if you’re a sugar sensitive person. It’ll hit you in the neck like a boomerang, is my experience.
4. DITCH THE SWEETENERS
Yes, say goodbye to all light products, light sodas and anything with added sweeteners in it. This also goes for the usually approved sweeteners like stevia or erythritol. You can have them again later but not right now. To replace a sugar eating habit with sweeteners will make it so much harder to get rid of those cravings. Even though a sweetener is all natural, it will remind your brain of the real thing and have you crave it.
Many people then start overeating fruit and dried fruit. If that is you, leave both of them out for now too.
So no sweeteners. I want you to eat mainly vegetables, meat and healthy fats. Add a bit of high fat dairy, some nuts and some berries, if you please.
I promise that you will feel better within a week if you follow these four simple tips! Please let me know if you have any questions.
These 4 tips are not meant to be how you live your life forever and ever, these tips are meant to be a help to free you from sugar cravings as fast as possible. Once you’re over the worst cravings and withdrawal symptoms and you start feeling normal again, you can start experimenting with your diet to see what works for you. Maybe you find out that you can eat fruit but that zero-calorie sweeteners are a trigger. We all work differently here.
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