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Coping with Cray Cray Sugar Cravings

So you started off with grand plans, you are off the sweet stuff and you are going gun-hoe. This is the your time to make the change. You start off strong with a nice healthy breaky, pack some carrot sticks for snacks and venture into your day with the best of intentions. And then it happens, the afternoon craving hits. And it’s a doozey.

There is a box of chocolates in the kitchen and before you know it you have eaten half the box and are trying to crawl under your desk with eater’s remorse and a sickly feeling in your stomach.

Sound familiar? I thought so… I have been there my friends. Many many times…

I am a huge believer that if we are in tune with our bodies then our cravings are actually super helpful messages from our insides about what we may be needing more of. For example, we often crave chocolate when we are low on magnesium… BUT often our insides get confused by the amounts of gunk we load in and we get warped messages…

Sugar is one of the biggest jerks around craving wise. Once we cut the sweet stuff our cravings are likely to go bat shit crazy and make it very very difficult (but not impossible) for us to resist. That voice in your head suddenly visits with ‘helpful’ suggestions to “just have a little bit, you have been SO GOOD all day long, you deserve it”

Honestly though, you deserve so much more! Your body deserves to be nourished with good quality food and even though it might be difficult in the short term your body will thank you for it later!

I’ve put together a little list of some of the ways I cope with nasty sugar cravings in the hopes that they might just be useful for you too xx


 

  1. Steer clear of sweet foods in the mornings. This includes fruit and carbs. Avoid anything that gives you a taste of sweets and anything that is going to raise your blood sugar. Basically we want to try and avoid waking up the sweet tooth that wants more and more. Don’t be fooled by savoury foods that pretend to be healthy here either! Breads and cereals can be loaded with hidden sugars and high carb foods can spike our blood sugar levels leading to a crash later in the day.Instead, why not try having veggies and some good fats like eggs or avo to keep you going.
  2. Cups of herbal tea! Check out your local health food store and explore the incredible tea range. Brewing and sitting down with a cup of herbal tea can be a perfect distraction for a nasty craving. Teas with berries or lemon are my favourites for this because they have a tart flavour that takes the edge of a craving, without launching your blood sugar levels ski high.
  3. Berries! Berries are a low sugar and high satisfaction treat. I like to keep blueberries in my freezer for emergencies as a delicious snack. Frozen blueberries are the new lollies!
  4. Know that you are worth so much more than a quick chocolate fix. Your body is worth good quality nourishing foods and future you will thank you for making nourishing choices. What is 5 seconds of satisfaction going to give you in the long run? If you are anything like me then the sugar hangover the bad mood that follow just aren’t worth it.
  5. Forgive yourself when you eat something you ‘shouldn’t’. So you ate the chocolate bar instead of the carrot sticks. It’s not the end of the world! Forgive yourself and move on.

Have you quit sugar and have a killer tip for avoiding sugar cravings? I would LOVE to add it to my list. As someone who’s bod finds it difficult to metabolize sugar I can never have too many ways to avoid it! 

 Jodie xx

Falling down the Health and Wellness Rabbit hole

I remember when I first started changing my lifestyle and taking charge of my health. I had read Sarah Wilsons I quit sugar e-book and was ready to overhaul my entire life. I was pretty gun-hoe about it all really. I started devouring health blogs and took almost every health increasing tip on board as something to work into my day. I was so super determined to be like these girls who so made healthy eating look so friggin good and so effortlessly easy. I was well and truly falling down the Health and Wellness Rabbit hole… with no torch to light the way.

All I needed to do was:

  • Drink more water
  • Drink lemon water in the mornings
  • Make sure my water is filtered
  • Swish coconut oil around in my mouth for 10 minutes
  • Do yoga
  • Go running (or move in some way)
  • Meditate
  • Get more exercise
  • Stop taking the pill
  • Have breakfast worthy of Instagram
  • Eat organic food
  • Eat less meat
  • Eat more veggies
  • Activate my nuts
  • Avoid all sugar
  • Cut out gluten
  • Avoid dairy
  • Get rid of anything with chemicals
  • Dry brush my skin
  • Lather up in coconut oil
  • Make some raw cacao desserts
  • Navigate the health food store and its obscure ingredients
  • Drink less coffee
  • Drink straight from a coconut
  • Learn how to pronounce Acai
  • Drink more herbal tea
  • Get more sleep

Every. Single. Day.

Easy peasy right? pfft!

It didn’t take long at all for me to realise that I was in over my head and then all of a sudden I felt like a big fat failure. I remember feeling like I had a shiny beacon on my head whenever I ventured into a health food store that read “I’m new here and I don’t belong”, as though they could tell by looking at me that I didn’t know what cacao was. How was I going to be a healthy goddess if I couldn’t achieve all of these things?

The secret was that I didn’t need to. Good health is a journey. It is constantly changing and evolving and there is no “one size fits all” option. Everyone is different and our bodies need different things at different times.

I decided to pick a couple of things that felt achievable for me and stick with those until I was ready to explore more. Once let go of the pressure to be perfect and embraced what worked for me it got a whole lot easier. For me that meant drinking more water and eating less sugar. What a perfect place to begin.

I can see how doing a lifestyle overhaul may be appealing, that “we want results and we want them now” mentalilty is built into so much of what we do and it’s easy to be inspired by hotties on Instagram and to want to change everything all at once. But the reality is that for most people that kind of overhaul is both stressful and unsustainable. It’s not realistic for most people and so often when we “fail” or give in we end up feeling shitty for not meeting out own unrealistic expectations.

Letting go of old habits that are no longer serving us and forming new habits is something we must learn over time. Small changes create lasting results.

I still have to remind myself when I see someone “better” than me that I am exactly where I need to be right now (and also that comparing myself to others is just my egos way of making me feel shitty, but that’s a blog for another time). Wherever you are on your journey, I want you to know that it is the perfect place. Maybe you are just thinking about starting, or you speak the language of fermented veggies and raw desserts fluently – just know that it is the perfect place for you right now. With Instagram and facey loaded with hotties and health nerds right at our fingertips it’s so easy to compare ourselves and to feel like you aren’t as good as everyone else, but remember that the person you are comparing to probably started in a similar place to you and is just further down the road. Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle!

If you have been dabbling in getting healthier or are wanting to make a change then I would really like to encourage you to start with 1 or 2 little changes. Stay curious and be open to try new things but know that you don’t have to do it all at once. Over time these new changes become second nature and you will start to do them without even noticing.

How does that sound?

Jodie xx

Why I Think Your Health Kick is a Bit Crap.

I’ve noticed a bit of a trend that seems particularly prevalent these last few weeks. I guess this happens every year. People “over do it” in the holiday period and put on a few extra kg’s, then punish themselves with lettuce and rice cakes to “get back on track.” The infamous Health Kick.

I am not a fan of this trend.

I have a huge problem with the mentality around a health kick. I am generally not one for restrictive diets (disclaimer: I’m currently on the Candida diet which is ridiculously strict but that is for healing purposes, not for weight loss). I super strongly feel that every single person needs to pay attention to their own diet and do what works for them which means listening to your body and what makes it feel good!

A health kick implies that you are only going to eat salad for a certain period of time and then go back to eating junk. Once you have achieved your goal of dropping a few kgs or you get sick of starving yourself you fall straight back into the tub of ice cream.  Ready to repeat the process in another few weeks when you decide that your body is not good enough again. Seems kind of counterproductive and unpleasant to me.

I have this crazy idea. What if you just looked after your body all year round?! What if you loved your body enough to nurture it and honour it with nutrients, movement and rest? What would that look like?

Seriously, stop and think about what that might look like for you.

For me it looks like glowing skin and sparkly eyes, a healthy weight range and clothes that are comfortable, loads of energy and a vibrant perspective on life.

When you eat delicious whole foods like veggies galore, organic meat, some fruit, nuts, seeds, good fats and good quality raw chocolates and deserts and move your body each day you no longer need to struggle through a ‘health kick’. Because you are healthy… your body is happy and so are you.

I am not suggesting that you cannot indulge and have unhealthy foods ever again. But I would ask that when you eat these foods you pay attention to how they make you feel!! If it makes you feel wide awake for 5 minutes and then like all of your energy needs to focus on keeping your eyes open for the next 2 hours, followed by a headache and cravings for more, then is it really something that you want to eat? If it makes you feel heavy and bloated then do you really want to eat it? Weigh up whether or not it’s worth it and you decide.

On a side plate… eating something healthy does not counterbalance all the unhealthy stuff you ate throughout the week. It’s what you do all the time that matters! So if you are eating sugary cereals or pastries for breakfast and deep fried fatty foods every day for lunch then a salad for dinner is not going to make you healthy.

I had a giggle recently when I overheard someone munching on some deep fried chicken proudly announce that it was ok that they ate takeaway for lunch each day because they had vital greens in the morning.  I giggled and then I realised that it wasn’t funny, because they honestly thought they were doing the right thing and it made me sad to think of all the delicious foods they were missing and the lack of vitality they must feel.


 

I feel like eating crappy food is comparative to punching yourself in the face. It will heal and you will most likely be ok afterwards but you would be better off if you just didn’t do it in the first place.


 

What is stopping you from making healthy and delicious food choices today?

Make small changes to how you eat and exercise. You might just start with drinking more water each day, eating more green veggies or taking the stairs at work. Remember that small changes build the foundation for lasting change.

Drop the health kick, and just be healthy my loves.

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