Thursday, April 28, 2011

Knowledge is Power

Through the nutritarian way of eating I've been able to kick my addiction to caffeine, dairy, and meat. But my addiction to sugar keeps raising it's ugly head. I've found that if I have absolutely no sugar for 5 or more days I completely lose my taste for sugar and a taste of sugary food turns me off. I much prefer fruit over sugary treats. But once I let myself have more than a few tastes I quickly spiral into cravings for sugar and it is super addictive.

So how do we get those cravings under control? I believe it comes down to 3 things Knowledge, Power, and Self Respect. 

When you experience a craving and you are in the middle of the overwhelming need to satisfy that craving it feels impossible to be rational about the craving. That's where KNOWLEDGE comes into play. Once you understand why you are experiencing cravings then you have the POWER to control that craving (in my experience it takes about 2 days to stop craving) until the craving is gone. Then you have the SELF RESPECT to care for your body and never subject it to that craving again. This creates a positive cycle that makes you feel wonderful!

Here is a wonderful video to help you get the knowledge you need to kick that sugar craving. Yes, it is 1 1/2 hours long and life is short but I think it is well worth your time to watch this video - or play it while you do some mindless task.

Thanks to my sister, Emily, for this link!

What has helped you kick your sugar addiction?


the wrath of khandrea said...

interestingly, i avoid sugar with little difficulty, simply because i know it's not good for me.

lest you think i possess uncanny willpower, however, let me say that i also realize self-pity and unresolved anger is bad for me, and yet there are times when i fully enjoy a long soak in it all.

the wrath of khandrea said...

*ARE bad for me

Kristyn said...

Hi there! I don't think I've left a comment here before, but I've really enjoyed your blog (especially the testimonials of how good you feel now!). One thing that helps me are recipes like this one:

I have a hard time giving it up completely, but I've noticed since I'm such a sugar ADDICT, I have to replace it, not just eliminate it.

Also, this one has been a saving grace for my sugar tooth too!!:

In Alicia's cookbook (which I loved!) she says if you don't add the choc chips then it's a guilt free snack, and one that she brings with her on a lot of trips. Works for me!