After waking up super early yesterday and docking my first double-digit run, it’s safe to say I was at a stage of exhaustion by yesterday afternoon. And when that happens, I do the worst thing ever: reach for the sugar.
Soda, candy, whatever it may be, I have trained myself to think that if I get some sugar in me, I’ll wake up.
And well, I guess it somewhat does the trick, but at what cost?
The WHO earlier this year recommended that adults only eat six teaspoons of sugar a day. SIX!
… a 12-ounce can of Mountain Dew has 11.5 teaspoons of sugar…
… one piece of Starburst has nearly one teaspoons of sugar…
…one cup of Raisin Bran Crunch has five teaspoons of sugar…
And that’s just a portion of what I had in my diet yesterday. Just in that alone, I had nearly 20 teaspoons of sugar. More than THREE times the recommended amount!
So, now that I’ve stunned myself into silence… I need to figure out how to get over this addiction (because that’s what it honestly is!) and cut back, a lot. I don’t think I’ll ever be the type of person who can be happy without a *little* cheat food here and there, but my daily diet does not have to be equal to spooning sugar out of the canister.
I have a lot of work that I need to do, but some of the things that have helped me get over sugar cravings in the past:
>>> Going for a walk. I’m not sure about you, but my office is often filled with tons of snacks and treats… that just sit there and call your name. All. afternoon. long. I find that if I go for a quick walk around the office or get up and move around, it gets my mind off it and helps me focus too. Doing some squats can do the trick too… or jumping jacks. Anything to get your heart pumping helps!
>>> Eating natural sugars.
If I just can’t get over the whole sugar craving thing, I go for some natural sugars… watermelon, apples, berries. This usually does the trick for that unending sweet tooth.
>>> Chewing gum. Ooh this one helps me NOT eat food when I’m not hungry either. But chewing gum can often get your mind off that sugar craving, especially because it cleans your palate and well, I never really want to eat when my mouth feels all minty and clean. It’s just a good distraction.
>>> Drinking water. Sometimes I swear your body says that it’s hungry, when really it’s thirsty and downing some water seems to help with the cravings. On the other hand, it can also fill you up so you don’t have any room for the sugar to go.
>>> … and adding Nuun.
Yep, sugar free. And yep, still filled with tons of electrolytes. I can also get my caffeine kick (don’t get me started on that!) in the process.
>>> Telling everyone that I don’t want to eat sugar, so I feel super guilty if I do. I’m not sure if this works for everyone, but the whole accountability thing will make me feel so guilty that I won’t want to eat it anymore. Tell everyone you know, post it to Instagram and it will work its magic.
(^ and yes, this post is a little it of a cry for you to keep me accountable… :))
>>> Don’t have it around you. Obviously this one can be really hard in environments that you can’t control (aka work), but if you don’t have it at home, how are you going to get it? This is the exact reason why I don’t buy some foods, even though I absolutely love them. Don’t torture yourself.
Any other tips?
Do you eat the recommended amount of sugar? What are some good replacements?
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