This topic is incredibly important to me because of my poor relationship with sugar I have had my entire life. I remember getting home from school craving frosted flakes adding tablespoons on top of that bad boy. Then going into the cupboards for the Jaffa cakes and the strawberry tarts. If I hadn’t played a lot of sport I would have been very ill and overweight.
To this day, I don’t have a complete hold on chocolate and role sugar plays in my life, however, I have found a set of rules that I uphold when dieting and removing that urge.
1.Remember – you’re not giving up anything because we are not removing this completely. I’m not telling you to completely remove this from your life. We are just trying to be able to control these cravings better. We are resetting our gut bacteria and our brain synapses to remove the response sent from either that results in eating chocolate or sugar dense foods. Remember, they provide you with no genuine pleasure, it is a temporary pleasure that is gone within a few hours.
2. You will set two dates, first is when you will stop. The second when you can return. I normally do three weeks. Set your stop date and carry on as normal until that date – Keep to this date, trying to stop before will make these foods seem more precious.
3.Have your last meal or snack of chocolate. I like to do it on a Sunday. With a dessert after Sunday roast then make a solemn vow that regardless of what happens, what situations at work or home, you will never go back on your word. Why! Because your quality of life depends on it. You could go on like this but that is not what you what for your life.
4. Do not try to avoid social situations or opt out of life. Go out and enjoy social occasions right from the start and do not envy people eating cake in front of you, pity them. Realise that you are in an transformative journey. You should be excited at the prospect of having control over your diet and they will be envying you because of it. They’re being deprived of their health, energy, money, peace of mind, confidence, and freedom. If you’re offered anything, just say: “No thanks”, do not say I’m on a diet because that leads to “Only one won’t hurt” And these people at think they are being polite but they are out to destroy you. So, quick answer rather than start a long conversation about how long it has been since you stopped.
5. In the first three weeks, do not be fooled into thinking that the odd bar or cake here or there won’t affect you. We are trying to do two things. Change your behavior and how your body reacts to sugar. Remember, this is an addiction. Just because it isn’t as dangerous as smoking (debatable) or an illegal substance this is a real problem that needs attention. If you do, you’ll find yourself back in the trap in no time at all.
6. Do use any substitutes. However, don’t eat fruit and nuts as a substitute because they will perpetuate that you are making a sacrifice. Eat fruit because you want to. If you want a sweet replacement I recommend, My-protein Protein pancakes with chocolate, golden syrup, and maple syrup flavors. Excellent for that craving curb and an excellent source of protein.
Remove temptation. Very simple, do not keep chocolate or “insert favorite cake here” in the house. Those of you that work in offices have enough temptation as it is. Do not doubt your decision by keeping it in the home give it away/throw it away!