You are not alone.
Look around America, most people are gaining weight rapidly. This is not your fault. Did you hear that? THIS IS NOT YOUR FAULT!
I know every diet book, website, blog, and doctor may be shouting to you, LOOSE WEIGHT NOW! Like it was so easy, like you haven’t TRIED to loose weight 100 times! Maybe you have lost weight and felt amazing to get those old jeans on, only to regain it back and have no idea how you got back there?
You are not alone and you have been fooled like the rest of us. Big Pharma and the USDA are greedy, very greedy. They also have a lot of money and in turn power. What does this mean to you? This means not only you but your parents and your grandparents have been conditioned in every way since childhood to buy into their lies and become addicted to high sugar products and refined grains. I don’t call them foods, they are not foods, they are poison. Advertising, “scientific” studies produced by the company themselves, and culture has taught you to eat poison that is highly addictive. Eat it when you are happy, Eat it for a reward, Eat it when you are sad, just EAT IT, culture screams! Companies pay a ton of money to scientists to figure out the exact mix of ingredients that will make your brain want their product, and make you pay for it! Hmm.. Sounds more like a drug ring then a food company..
Let’s be HONEST.
Sugar and white flour products taste amazing! Our brains release all sorts of happy chemicals when we eat these things. I could start drooling now thinking about the cheesecake that put me into a food coma for hours.
For some of us (well most of us after a certain age) our cells turn the excess sugar into fat though, not so amazing.
So a predicament we have. Our brains love the quick reward of sugar, but our bodies, hate it.
What can you do about this madness?
Here are some things you can do right now:
Eat enough protein at breakfast, never skip breakfast! Protein keeps you full longer and prevents a sugar crash. If you eat only carbs and coffee be prepared for a sugar attack later in the day.
Eat Real Foods. If it comes in a box or package – just say NO. When you feed your body real foods, such as the ones you find on the outside aisles of the grocery store, you will give yourself the nutrients you are actually craving and lessen the sugar monsters ability to pound on your door.
Do some small planning. I know you are busy! Whether you are a stay at home mom or a career woman, everyone in this culture is busy. Spend a few free minutes every day planning for the next day, or do it all on one day for the whole week. You know yourself best and which planning schedule fits your life. Plan your lunches and bring them if you will be going to work or keep them in fridge if you are a stay at home mom. Pack healthy, protein containing snacks for when cravings do hit.
Do not let yourself get starving.
Have you ever gone to the grocery store starving and not even left the store before you ripped open the chocolate bar or even ice cream container? I have! Many times, when I made the mistake of dieting and allowing myself to feel starving.
Eat until you are satisfied and don’t go shopping until you are feeling strong. I know this is not always possible, so if you must go to the store hungry at least buy some nuts and tear open that package and eat it before you hit up frozen food isle.
Give yourself a few free cheat meals a week, or don’t. This is confusing and here is why. Someone like me cannot handle cheat days. My cheat treats ALWAYS turn into a 3, 4, or 6 full day cheat week.
I have friends that can certainty enjoy a cupcake without eating the entire box, or have some ice cream without waking up in a ditch with chocolate all over them. This is not me.
Know your limits.
You need to decide who you are. Can you handle eating sugar without sabotaging yourself? Only you can deicide this for yourself. Be true to yourself.
Start journaling every day. You need to figure out your triggers of overeating and get to know yourself. Even just 10 minutes at night can help!
Get a coach! Sometimes this addiction is to much to overcome on your own, hire someone who has been through it and will hold you accountable. (Like me:)
Melissa is a Wellness Coach who writes about health, emotional healing, and wellness from a vulnerable place after overcoming her own challenges and healing Interstitial Cystitis. She is passionate about helping people realize their ability to make changes and move forward from difficult situations in their lives.
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