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Changing Habits

Posted May 09 2013 8:35pm

When working with new clients I always took a gentle approach when changing their eating and exercise habits. People get very panicky when you want to take away their comfort food/drinks. It is also a scary thing knowing that you’re going to have to sweat a lot more and feel uncomfortable when starting a new exercise program.

I have spoken numerous times on this blog /my facebook page and on twitter about the harmful effects of sugar. It’s essentially the link to most health problems for mankind. Sugar speeds up the aging process in the body. Chronic high blood sugar (which more of us have than we know!) affects your skin, your teeth, your digestive system (which becomes overgrown with yeast and bad bacteria), adrenal fatigue, liver problems, and weak bones. Sugar messes with your hormones. It leads to cravings, nutrient deficiencies and binge cycles.

VeganPBBlizzard

(^ home made dairy-free  blizzard )

Do I eat sugar? In short, yes. If you read any of my recent posts you would see that is true. Whenever I eat it I find out quickly why I try to avoid it—headaches, irritability, stomach pain. But, sometimes, sometimes it’s worth it. At least I try to think that food in moderation, when you make it yourself,—or are somewhere where it’s truly “worth it” is good for the soul.

I question that rationale sometimes, but it’s just life. After this past weekend though, I do feel like I am starting all over again. That doesn’t often happen but sometimes I find that I go overboard because sugar wins in the battle of me vs sugar.

We have parties, we go out to eat, and we enjoy those foods in moderation. It’s when you’re eating hidden sugars and foods that raise insulin all day that you get into trouble.

Am I a sugar addict?—In short, yes. Recovered(ing). I have always felt that I fight this battle of sugar and food issues. When I was trying to eat mostly plant-based I was replacing all of these things I didn’t even ever really eat with raw vegan desserts made with agave nectar, which I later found out was pretty much as bad as high fructose corn syrup, being that it’s 90% fructose, and highly processed. It’s also often label it as raw – which is why it’s so popular amongst raw vegans–however the true rawness of it depends on how it was treated. Many brands are heated during processing.

So…how do you stop?

Changing a habit takes time, energy, patience, and a positive attitude going in. Having more “yes” moments as opposed to “no I can’t” moments. It also takes making healthier choices your “habit.” Think about when you first learned to drive a car. You had to think about everything you did! Now, when you get into your car to go somewhere do  you even think about where the key goes or which one is the gas and which is the brake? Probably not. When changing eating habits, eventually, it will become seconds nature!

I have always considered myself pretty health conscious. But, like I mentioned above I was the worst kind of sugar addict—one who was in complete denial. I was eating loads and loads of “natural sugar” every day, and it was doing a number on me. I was getting headaches all of the time, I was irritable, my skin wasn’t clear. It was a mess!

It got better though.

After a few attempts to “detox” I finally found what worked.

lemonwater

(starting the day with some room temp lemon eater is GREAT for your digestion and for a nice natural boost!)

Despite what people think—and me being one of them—cutting yourself off from a food that you’re “addicted” to and that’s making you feel lousy is better than taking “baby steps” according to new research. I would never have agreed with that until I found it working for me. I always tread carefully on that ground because it can become obsessive, but I found a way to make it work without becoming obsessive about it. It may be much easier to say “I am not going to eat that dessert” (for the period of time you’re trying to get your sugar under control), then to say “I am only going to have one cookie”—because that one cookie leads to a battle of willpower to not go back to have more. That doesn’t mean you have to do it that way though, “Banning” foods on the other hand will send some people over the edge, that’s human psychology. You need to find what works for you—and with the right tools, you can do that! For me, once I cut out “sugar” for a period of time and “reset” my system, I was able to go back to it, take a few bites, and leave it without going into a sugar binge for the next couple of days. Starving the sugar dragon worked for me.

With all of that said, is there anything wrong with having 2-3 cookies every now and then? No way. It’s when you’re trying to get your overall sugar/processed carb cravings and health issues (how it makes  you feel) under control.

It takes 22-66 days to change a habit. It take patience. There’s no one size fits all approach. You need to be positive.

The sugar detox Caitlin and I are doing starts next week . I have been working every free moment I have on our e-book/outline for the participants. This is WAY undervalued, and I think the next time we do this (probably in the fall) it will not be this low in price. If you feel that you want to make a change, you want to start feeling better, you want to get control of your sugar and carb cravings—then join us! I promise it will be worth it! We already have an AMAZING community of those signed up. There are a lot of interesting conversations going, lots of questions, and lots of growing that each and every one of us plan to do!

Hope to “see you” there!

Let me know if you have any questions, you don’t want to miss out on this awesome, unique program!

In other news….

Tomorrow is Michael and my FIVE year anniversary! I just can’t believe it’s been 5 years! We have dinner reservations Friday night at a place with the best view in the city. Stoked!

wedding

Talk Soon!

XO

 

-L

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