These days, instead of trying to teach people how to DETOX FROM SUGAR, I encourage clients to get EMPOWERED + make PEACE with it.
Here are the 6 skills to help you have a better relationship with SUGAR PHYSICALLY and EMOTIONALLY…
1. Eat on schedule, don’t skip meals
Going too long without eating will increase cravings. Hungry people make bad decisions. Feed yourself regular meals so you have enough fuel to make mindful choices with eating & beyond.
2. Eat meals w/ quality carbs
Eat meals in the right ratio = a little carb + a little protein + veggies + fat. This helps balance blood sugar so there aren’t spikes & crashes which lead to cravings. And it gives you a steady supply of carbs through the day so you don’t feel the physical need to binge sugar.
3. Make meals enjoyable, not diety
If your meals feel too healthy, restrictive, or diety you will want to reward yourself with sugar. Make sure your meals are BOTH physically nourishing + emotionally satisfying. And don’t rush through meals… chew, relax, enjoy.
4. Change self-fulfilling prophecy mindset
Saying things like “I can’t control myself around sugar” or “I’m addicted to sweets” creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. Shift to something like “I can decide when I want or don’t want sugar.”
5. Learn how to self-soothe without food
Often times reaching for sugar is just a way to cope with an uncomfortable emotion. Test out new ways to cope with your boredom, procrastination, stress, loneliness, overwhelm, and anxiety without food. Your sugar craving could just be a call for some self love!
6. POWERFULLY OWN + ENJOY SUGAR WHEN YOU DECIDE TO EAT IT!!!
This is the BEST ONE! Guess what? Sometimes you want to enjoy some sugar. And that’s great. Just make the decision powerfully: Put the sweets on a plate, sit at a table, taste each bite, and enjoy it! No shame, no guilt, no sneaking. Powerful ownership of your decision. Powerful enjoyment.
My goal for all of us: Make food decisions from a place of peace, power, and love.