The struggle is real!
I am going to be out right honest, I am really having a hard time keeping my diet balanced. All I want to do is eat sweet treats ALL DAY!
Keeping a healthy diet around this time of year is alway hard for me! I love all things sweet. It starts out with Halloween candy, then my daughter’s birthday, all the delicious pies and desserts of Thanksgiving, and then on to the baked goods and treats of the Christmas season and ending with my birthday cake in January. With all these wonderfully sweet things available I really have a hard time keeping my diet in check.
It is crazy how quickly a mainly healthy balanced diet can easily get derailed by sugar cravings.
Even though it may not be an actual “addiction,” sometimes it really feels like one. Cravings, shakes, headaches, feelings of loss of control, anger and impatience, and also lack of self control and over eating more than I should. I get so upset with myself because I know better!
I have been giving in to my cravings way too often lately! I feel like junk, my skin looks like junk! I have been breaking out on places on my face that have never been an issue for me. I know it all has to do with my poor dietary choices.
All food is not created equal. Unfortunately the two hundred calories from a Little Debbie Snack Cake are not equal to the 200 calories in steamed veggies. I really wish that this was not true! I really wish that my body would use the calories from desserts the same way it uses the veggies.
The problem is my brain and body really do need some sugar to be able to function. The brain also sees sugar as a reward. Although, by eating a lot of sugar and constantly rewarding the brain can make it tougher to break the bad sugar habits I have let creep in.
The thing is, I know I don’t need as much sugar as my brain (and tongue) thinks I do. I know I don’t have to go cold turkey and give up all things that are sweet. In fact, I have been trying to retrain my taste buds to enjoy things that aren’t as sweet.
Instead of satisfying my sugar cravings with Kitkats (my favorite), M&M’s, and Reese’s Pieces, which in turn cause me to crave more sugar, I am going to be eating natural sugars high in fiber: apples, bananas, berries and oranges.
Increasing proteins like lean chicken, greek yogurt, eggs, nuts, and beans will help to kill sugar cravings. Also increasing my water intake has helped me with sugar cravings in the past.
By making small, simple changes to my diet it will be easier to overcome the cravings. Over time, I know that I will again lose my cravings for that sweet sugary taste. I just wish that it was instant instead of gradual.
I have always believed in preparation and success being partners. I have been trying to have healthy options readily available for myself. Prep work is so time consuming, but it is also very important.
I know all the right things to do, now I just need to do them!
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