Even health coaches succumb to the sugar addiction cycle. While I would like to think I could resist or had measures in place to prevent going into this cycle, I am just like each and every one of you. I sometimes fall into the rabbit hole and have to work my way out
For me, it took a stressful event that lasted months, i.e. my youngest son’s wedding, subsequent house hunting, and moving. Like I said, this was not a day event; this lasted months. They married in August and lived with us until they found a house within their budget and move. This arrangement was not easy for any of us.
During the letdown of the stress, the grand babies were over to make sugar free, flour free chocolate chip cookies. Man this is one of my favorites and the baking of them smelled of pure comfort. I was ready for comfort, so I ate one. Which led to another one the next day, and it frankly it kicked my butt. And, the cycle began in my need and desire for sugar. I then attempted to resort to some healthier options of raisins, grapes, and nuts; my sugar intolerant body just could not handle this change of ratios, and I was in a downward spiral of eating sugar every day. Sound familiar?
Finally, after three weeks of this daily sugar binge, I was able to stick to 5 days of protein and veggies and break the cycle abet with a lot of physical and mental discomfort. During this time, I ‘knew’ what to do but the desire and addiction were so strong. It was messing with my body giving me lots of physical pain, changes in my bowels, and decreased mental clarity. Even after being clean for several weeks, I am still feeling the detoxing with changes to my estrogen (sore breasts), runny nose, achy joints and a strong desire for sweet things. Thankfully, though, I am at the top of the rabbit hole once again, and my ability to resist and use my safety measures are in place.
The sugar addiction cycle is real. All it takes is a stressful event to allow our guard down and succumb to the temporary comfort of sugar. The rest is chemically and mentally driven and can be difficult to get out of alone with our fuzzy thinking. Getting rid of ALL temptation, developing a plan of action and having a health coach guide you are all powerful ways to step out of this cycle. The holidays are right around the corner. Getting out of the rabbit hole now will be a powerful tool to making it through clean and healthy.