Ditching sugar is no easy feat, and let’s be honest, it can feel like we’re trying to break up with someone who is gorgeous but totally wrong for us. Amiright?
Here’s why: Sugar tastes gooooood. Not only that, it FEELS good, too! When sugary foods hit our tongue, it immediately causes a rush of feel-good hormones surging through our body. Those sugar cravings you experience are not just mental, they’re literally physically. Your body craves sugar.
The good news is that you can break the cycle. Once you become aware of WHEN and WHY you crave sugar, you can begin to replace sugary foods with healthier alternatives that will provide your body with the same feel-good sensations it’s craving.
Before I cut sugar out of my diet, I noticed that I was craving sugary treats whenever I was tired, unhappy, or just needed a boost. Can you relate?
Take note of when you reach for sugar-filled snacks or drinks. Grab a pen and a notebook and jot down answers to the following questions to help you create a bigger picture of what’s prompting you to consume sweet foods.
Questions I asked myself before I broke up with sugar:
- What time of the day are you eating sugar the most?
- How do you feel when you want to eat sugar?
- Do you feel fulfilled?
- Do you feel connected spiritually?
- Are you satisfied with your relationships? Your career? Your finances?
- Are you exercising regularly?
- Do you take time for self-care regularly?
- Are you stressed?
- Do you take time to play and have fun?
Once you’ve taken the time to answer these questions, spend time reflecting on your answers. Which areas would you like to improve in your life? Visualize the changes you would like to see manifest in your life and set aside time daily to meditate on and journal about those changes.
My tips for meditating to control sugar cravings:
Establish a quiet place where you can sit quietly, uninterrupted for at least 15 minutes or more.
If you need help meditating, find relaxing music or a guided meditation that will help you drown out noise and stay focused.
Be easy on yourself! It’s OK to let thoughts come and go as you sit quietly. The important thing is to become aware of your thoughts and set your intention on the healthy changes you want in your life.
Grab a journal and some pretty pens and write down your thoughts everyday. Make it a habit. Don’t overthink what you should or shouldn’t write. Just write down what comes to your mind. Do this for 15 minutes each day to help you dump any negative thoughts that may be blocking you from a healthier lifestyle.