‘Addiction’ is such a strong word. I know. I could have said ‘cravings’. But let’s get real for a minute. We are all probably in denial about our sugar ‘addiction’.

According to Merriam-webster.com an addiction is an unusually great interest in something or a need to do or have something.

Hmmm…. now let’s think about what you say during the day.

I need just a little chocolate after each meal.

I’m fine as long as I hide the cookies – otherwise I‘ll eat them all in one sitting.

Sound familiar?

I pulled out my Lick The Sugar Habit book by Nancy Appleton, PhD. There’s a simple quiz in it you can take to help you see if you have an addiction…she calls it being a sugarholic.

True or false?

  • I do not eat refined sugar every day.
  • I can go for more than a day without eating some type of sugar-containing food.
  • I never have cravings for sugar, coffee, chocolate, peanut butter, or alcohol.
  • I’ve never hidden candy or other sweets around my home in order to find and eat them later.
  • I can stop after eating one piece of candy or one bite of pastry.
  • There are times when I have no sugar of any kind in my home.
  • I can go for three or more hours without eating and not experience the shakes, fatigue, perspiration, irritability, depression, or anxiety.
  • I can have candy and other sweets in my home and not eat them.
  • I do not eat something sweet after each meal.
  • I rarely drink coffee and eat donuts or sweet rolls for breakfast.
  • I can go for more than an hour after waking up in the morning without eating.
  • I can go from one day to the next without drinking a sweetened soft drink.

4 or more ‘Falses’ indicates a problem.

How’d you do? Do you have an addiction?

Well, if you do, all is not lost.  You CAN overcome it!  Here are my 5 steps to help you get your sugar addiction under control.

#1: PLAN and EAT REGULAR BALANCED MEALS

Nourishing your body with the proper nutrients is key to curbing cravings. Cravings are usually associated with a nutrient need. The healthier and more consistently you eat, the fewer cravings you will have. Planning your meals ahead of time helps you eat consistently.

#2: DON’T BUY OR HAVE YOUR FAVORITE SUGARY TREAT IN THE HOUSE.

If it’s easy to access, it will be harder to stop. This step actually starts at the grocery store. Having a detailed shopping list helps prevent your favorite cookies, chocolate bars or other sugary snacks from getting in your shopping cart. Stick to your list.

#3: HAVE HEALTHY SNACK ALTERNATIVES AT THE READY

Be prepared with substitutes. Sugary snacks won’t be in your house (#2) but you still need to eat something. Remember snacks are not necessarily a bad thing. A healthy snack may be just the thing you need to tied your over until your next meal. Stock your pantry and fridge and carry some snacks with you in your purse or car so you don’t have to think about what to eat when you are hungry.

#4: EAT FATS

Nothing will dampen your sugar cravings like good healthy quality fats. These are things like nuts, seeds, coconut oil/milk/meat, and organic butter. These make great snacks or additions to snacks. For example, drinking tea with a teaspoon to tablespoon of coconut oil is not only delicious but also helps satiate you.

#5: START SMALL

Sometimes you need to give your body and mind time to adapt, especially if you don’t like extremes or feel YOU need to be in control. Gradually decrease your sugar intake. For example, if you have a chocolate bar everyday, start by only eating ½ a bar. Then, ¼ of a bar. Then, skip every other day. You can make the small reductions daily or weekly. You decide.  You can do the same with the amount of sugar you add to your coffee or tea. The idea here is to retrain your thinking and your taste buds.

#6: DO A FULL SUGAR SCRUB

Tips 1-5 are great and necessary. They are tools you need. They are conditioning your taste buds and your mind to alternative ideas and flavors. But unfortunately, they are not going to get you all the way to the results you really want. Sorry.

To break you of your addiction, you need to go sugar free for at least 4 days. This will reset the cycle of hormones and neurotransmitters that cause the cravings.

It’s not easy but if you are prepared with tips 1-5 and have a well thought out meal plan, it can be a breeze.

I have two ways that make it easy for you. I am excited to announce I am running my Peri- & Post-Menopuase 5-day Detox and 6-week Deep Dive Detox.  They both start January 18, 2021.

Here’s a summary of the two.

5-Day Detox
The 5-day will get you off the sugar and reset your eating habits.  We eliminate gluten, dairy, refined sugar and processed foods.

We are eating chicken, fish, veggie, fruit and whole grains.  We cut out red meat and pork as they are a little harder to digest – we are giving our liver and digestion a break.

I always recommend giving up coffee as well.  It’s always eye opening as you will see more clearly how you eat affects your energy and mood.  The focus here is on the liver, clean eating and establishing new/good habits.

6-Week Deep Dive
The 6-week Deep Dive is more about blood sugar and tapping into our stored fat for energy.  It starts with the 5-day Detox to get our bodies used to clean eating. Then we will go deeper into what’s on your plate with the focus on adding in healthy fats. You can add coffee back in but try to keep it to 1-2 cups in the morning. (“Phew!”, right?)  You can also add back red meat and pork, if desired.

The focus here is on keeping your blood sugar stable and keeping you satiated so you can go to longer intervals without eating.  We do this slowly and with intention and always listening to what your body needs — I’ll give you tips on what to watch out for so you can adjust along the way.

As I said, blood sugar is a huge part of hormone balance.  It affects things like your mental clarity, carb cravings, feeling hangry, hot flashes/night sweats, a muffin top belly, and sleep.

I provide you with all you need to succeed in the detox:  recipes, shopping list, guides, support and community.

Click here for more info on the 5-Day Detox and here for more on the Deep Dive.

Detoxes start Monday, January 18th.  Doors will close Friday, January 15th.  If you register by Wednesday, January 13th you will get the Early Bird pricing.  That’s a $30 savings on 5-day and $50 savings on Deep Dive.  Register today!

I know what you are thinking…”But what if I don’t want to give up sugar forever?”

The point of the detox doesn’t have to be to get you to stop eating sweets forever but to reduce your NEED to consume them. To get you to the point where YOU ARE IN CONTROL, not the other way around. You can enjoy a little and walk away, happy.