ABC's to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction & Other Bad Habits
Posted Apr 05 2010 12:00am
If you're like most people,
you're often tempted by good-looking, mouth-watering, nutrient-poor "treats" such as dazzling donuts, colorful cereals or sugary soda.
As if that wasn't enough, many of you succumb to other enticements. For instance, you may skimp on sleep; excessively drink coffee, alcohol or soda; think negatively; smoke cigarettes; procrastinate; and obsessively text or send emails.
As I mentioned on my companion YouTube video ,
it's certainly understandable if you feel the urge to overindulge or engage in counter-productive pursuits. Wherever you go and wherever you live, you're relentlessly bombarded and seduced by unhealthy foods, substances and activities.
But I invite you to look inside and decide: Do you feel trapped by your sugar habit, late bedtimes or another bad habit (what I call a babit™)? And are you plagued by baffling health issues such as annoying weight gain, ferocious headaches or even type two diabetes? (As you'll soon learn, there's a connection between your bad habits and those health issues.)
You may feel weak and low on self control when it comes to your
horrible habits. But I'm here to reassure you. You can escape from the
prison of a bad habit. In fact, I respectfully challenge you now: Get
out from under your bad habits (babits™) so that you can have a life
Of course, you may wonder "What's In It For You" (WIFY) if you
overcome your sugar addiction and other bad habits. As millions can attest, you will benefit in many ways.
For instance, when you give up unhealthy tendencies such as
overdoing it on sugar, not getting enough sleep or consuming too much
coffee, you can expect to get more energy, concentrate better, lose
weight, become more productive and have better relationships.
What's more, as many of my clients have delightedly shared with me,
if you just cut out sugar and refined carbs, you even may be able to
boost your libido. Likewise, once you get enough zzz's, you may have
more energy and interest in bedroom action with your honey.
Now, let me share my ABC's to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction,
Sleep Skimping and Other Bad Habits (Babits™). See my companion YouTube
video in which I share some of these tips.
Here's the complete rundown:
A is for Assume & Accept.
Just assume and accept that just about wherever you go, you'll be tempted, no matter what your bad habit.
For instance, your favorite aunt will nudge you to eat her favorite
chocolate cake. You have to pass that vending machine at work.
Inevitably, you'll be taunted by candies galore while purchasing
sundries at the local drug store.
In addition, your computer, television set or video games may "call
out" to you late at night so you end up sitting in front of them
instead of getting at least seven hours of sleep.
But if you assume that you'll inevitably be teased by unhealthy
"treats," you can prepare by always having healthy, delicious snacks on
hand to munch instead -- such as edamame (soy nuts) , pumpkin seeds, hard-boiled eggs and sugar-free crackers or an apple (preferably organic) with sugar-free almond butter.
And if you assume that late every night, you'll be tempted to catch
up on emails, watch your favorite TV shows via DVR or try to beat your
previous record on your favorite video games, you can start to turn off
your appliances earlier every night (say 6, 7 or 8 pm) so that you'll
get into bed at a reasonable time.
B is for Breathe & Bless
Whenever you're confronted by your bad habit, just breathe before you do anything. Yes, you can breathe away your desire for your drug of choice,
whether it's a sugar habit or burning the midnight oil. First, breathe
with gratitude that you can still breathe, because if you continue
overindulging in sweets and refined carbs or not getting enough zzz's,
your breath may get cut short by obesity, cancer, heart disease or type
Next, if you can, set a timer and then just focus on your breath for
at least 10 minutes (i.e. meditate) before you stick anything unhealthy
into your mouth, stay up too late or do anything else self-destructive.
After relaxing during your healthy time out, you may find that your
unhealthy desires have subsided. You'll find, much to your joy, that
cravings do disappear after a few minutes.
Now, bless your habit. This may feel like a strange suggestions, but
think about it. Your horrible habit could be just what you NEED to jump
start your growth. When you accept and confront your self-destructive patterns, you can begin to grow, heal and gain control of your life.
In fact, your bad habit can be your springboard to a new life. It
can move you to a better place. When you break your bad habit such as
sugar over consumption, caffeine addiction or sleep deprivation, you
can become happier, healthier and trimmer.
In other words, your bad habit isn't a problem--it is an incredible opportunity.
And when you make that attitude adjustment or brain switch, you're
taking a big leap toward kicking your counter-productive patterns.
C is for Choose and Connect
Now I invite you to realize that you can choose. You see, Take a moment I invite you to dwell on the fact that the greatest freedom we have as human beings is the ability to choose. (We discussed this fabulous concept in my iPEC life coaching school .)
No matter what we do, we're always making a choice. Even when you
fall prey to that calorie-laden donut, you have to choose between
glazed or cinnamon or chocolate. And when you stay up too late and neglect to get your beauty sleep, you're choosing, too. But just as you can choose to do something unproductive such as
eating something sugary or neglecting to get sufficient sleep, you also
can choose to break free! It's time then to choose wisely, with your best interests in mind.
• First, choose to learn about the dangers of your bad habit,
whether you're hooked on sugar, late nights, coffee, diet soda,
cigarettes, alcohol or video games.
• Find out how your habit may cut your life short and make everything you do less enjoyable.
• Next, choose to stop consuming empty-calorie, nutrient-lacking,
fake foods and drinks. And choose to refrain from other
counter-productive activities such as late-night TV watching. In other
words, stop treating your body like a piece of trash or garbage
• Then, start to choose real, colorful, nourishing, fiber-rich foods
or earlier bedtimes. By doing that, you'll be treating your body with
the love, respect and compassion it deserves.
Remember, when you choose quality foods, thoughts and activities,
you'll boost your energy and moods and become happier and healthier.
Finally, it's time to Connect.
• Begin by connecting with your Serene Smartie or Inner Smartie. It
knows what foods and activities your body, heart and soul need.
• Next, connect with other people, who are also kicking their bad
habits. In addition, find a buddy so you can mutually support each
other along the way. Perhaps one of the best ways to find others in the
same boat as you is to go online. For instance, if you'd like to meet
other sleep-deprived people, visit SleepNet's list of support groups. .