I have a confession to make. I was completely addicted to sugar and did some pretty shameless things to support my not so healthy sugar cravings. I’ll share a few of them with you if you promise not to judge me.
My daughter was probably the most difficult child I ever knew to put down for a nap. I had finally laid her down safe and sound in her crib one day when I really needed her to take a “long” nap and give me a break from parenting. Within a few minutes, my sugar cravings kicked in. I remembered my daughter had leftover Halloween candy in her room she had hidden from me. Crazy to think that a two-year-old was smart enough to know she had to hide her candy from her Mamma- huh? Anyways, I snuck in and crawled across the floor in the dark and not only risked waking a sleeping baby but stole candy from my precious bundle.
And then there were the years and I mean years that I was determined to give up diet soda. As all sugar lovers know, artificial sweeteners are the hardest to give up. I must have “quit” drinking diet soda 100 times. Every time, I tossed all of the diet soda in the house so I wouldn’t be tempted by it. I can’t tell you how many times I found myself driving around in my pajamas, with no makeup, in a blizzard to get just one diet soda. As I blogged about in, “I Am an Addict and Completely Addicted”, I am thrilled to say I kicked that bad habit to the curb.
I drove my son to a private school about an hour away every day for a year, which means I was in the car four hours a day minimally. I stopped once on the way to the school and once on the way home for a sweet treat. My favorites were peanut butter cups and sour patch kids. What are yours?
Here comes the confession I am most ashamed of….. I fed my kids sugary sweet foods more than I should have so I could eat them too. Ugh- can’t believe I just typed that, but it’s the truth.
So, now that I have proven that I was a bonafide sugar addict, I can’t wait to tell you the happy ending. I no longer crave sugar – at all. Never. In fact, I think its kind of disgusting.
I wish I could tell you that I took one magical pill and my sweet tooth suddenly disappeared but that wouldn’t be the truth and I probably wouldn’t trust anyone who claims they did. I made several small changes, saw some improvement, and then one day realized my sweet cravings were gone!
Started with Gut Health- There is a ton of research circulating the internet about how gut flora can affect food cravings. I started taking a good probiotic and alternated them out every few months. I ultimately added in gut shots which I love and blogged about in “Here Comes The Craziest Confession Yet”.
Pumped Up the Protein – There are a lot of hypotheses out there on why a protein deficiency may cause carb cravings. I’m not sure which is correct, but I know that my sweet cravings lessened when I worked toward eating 75-95 grams of protein a day.
Magnesium- I read somewhere that magnesium can help with chocolate cravings and I was very eager to give it a try. After taking it for a few weeks I noticed, my cravings were less and my sleep, migraines, and stool had improved too!
Finally Took The Shot– As I told you about in my very first blog “The Weight Loss Story Begins”, I took a weekly shot from a weight loss clinic for a few months. The shot had inositol and vitamin B in it. The inositol did wonders for my food cravings and made me indifferent to sweets.
Inositol- When I stopped going to the weight loss clinic, my integrative physician suggested I take inositol as a daily supplement. Everyone who follows this blog knows I love my supplements. With that being said, inositol is one of my absolute favorites. It is great for cravings and balancing blood sugar. Inositol is also known for supporting a healthy mood and promoting healthy ovarian function. Just be sure to work with an integrative physician and go slow. Too much of a good thing isn’t always a good thing.
The Sugar-Free Diet- And finally, the no sugar diet. I dreaded doing this but it was exactly what my body needed to get me completely past my cravings. Funny thing is, it only took a few days of a sugar- free, low carb diet to get completely past the sugar cravings. I’m not going to lie, the first few days were tough but well worth it in the end.
Having the right supplements in place before you attempt a sugar-free low carb diet is very helpful. Over the past few months, I have led more than 200 women through the Whole30, a diet eliminating sugar, and saw first hand that the women who took the recommended supplements from the book The Whole30 The 30 Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom (which include probiotics and magnesium) had the easiest time slaying their sugar dragons.
I wish you the best and know you can do it. After all, if this former candy stealing, diet soda slurping, candaholic can do it, you can too!