Monday, 24 February 2014

So you’ve ate a lot of sugar – now what?

I’ve tried to cut sugar out of my diet. It’s hard.
Recently, I fell off the wagon. Hard.
I was eating Skittles, doughnuts, jelly beans and more. This was a serious relapse and I swear one morning I even had a sugar hangover. I was dragging my feet, getting headaches, and feeling really dehydrated.

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I had to give myself a reality check, take a long, cold hard look at myself in the mirror, and cut it out.
But at this point, I had already eaten so much sugar...what was a girl to do?
Here’s how I recommend getting back on track after a sugar binge:
Drink a lot of water
This is a given. Soak up the H2O to start cleansing your system and quench your thirst cravings that you get when you overload on sugar. Drink as much as you can - a little more then you think you have to.
Sweat it out
Just move. Be active doing whatever it is that you love. Walking, dancing, yoga-ing…do whatever feels good to get your blood moving and your heart racing. Try to do a minimum of 30 minutes a day and aim to break a sweat. Again, think about cleansing out your system.
Rest up
Chances are, you’re energy levels are feeling a little off now.
Sugar does that to a person - it gives you an instant boost. You burn out fast on it though, and it's not long before you want to feel that instant boost again.
Be sure to get some rest so that when you’re feeling tired, you can nip resurfacing sugar craving in the butt with natural energy sources such as an apple or a shot of apple cider vinegar.
Eat greens
Broccoli, spinach, and kale - just to name a few. Eat at least two green sources of green foods a day. Green foods are low in sugars and because they’re packed with fibre and water, they help to regulate your blood sugar levels. They have many other health benefits too, including being high in fibre and vitamins. Remember - think cleanse. And get creative with your colour coded food! Throw in a handful of spinach in your morning breakfast smoothie and you're already in-taking a source of vegetables first thing in the morning.
Be nice to yourself

Don't beat yourself up over it! You ate the sweets - now get over it and move on. Don't dwell on it! It's done, it's over. You ate them. No big deal! Besides, I hope you enjoyed them while they lasted.

Be strategic

Try to think back to what triggered your sweet tooth - was it stress? Temptation? Identify triggers and learn how to work around those obstacles better for next time :)
Thanks for reading, and good luck!
Lisa