BACK TO REHAB
(or TAKE BACK YOUR POWER FROM SUGAR)
Good news! Checking into rehab these days is no longer seen as a sign of weakness. In fact, it is the “in thing” to do! So, let’s take this opportunity to RE-HABITUALIZE your relationship with sugar, one of the most addictive substances around. Back in 16th century France, when sugar became a rare and coveted delicacy, it was call “Crack”! And in the last 25 years, the consumption of High Fructose Corn Syrup has risen 10705%!!
As we finish out the summer and head into Fall, with all it’s sugar tempting holidays, there is no better time to break our addiction to sugar and carbs. That’s why I’m adding a special treat this month, with a free “Curb Your Sugar Cravings” hypnosis session that will help you detox, rehab and stay sugar sober. The benefits are numerous– the long list includes weight maintenance, lowering diabetes risk to full body wellness and even anti-aging!! So, let’s quit this drug now!
THE MIND-BODY CARBYHDRATE ADDICTION CYCLE
When we consume too many refined sugars and carbohydrates, it throws both our mind and body out of whack. Our bodies are not built to eat high levels of carbohydrates so over time consuming to many can throw off hormonal function, exhaust our adrenal glands, over tax the pancreas and liver, and make us prone to insulin resistance. It also just makes us lose our power and become what I call a CARB EATING ZOMBIE.
So, why are carbs and sugar so addictive?
Body Addiction: Our blood sugar levels spike and drop with excess sugar consumption. When we experience a blood sugar drop, we then feel tired or hungry or light headed or all three. What is our impulse to do to fix this unpleasant state? Eat more sugar of course and the process starts all over again.
Mind Addiction: Our mind also becomes imbalanced with excess sugar and carbohydrate consumption because our pleasure/reward centers are tickled when we eat too much. The mind says “oooh that feels good– let’s keep doing that—let me get some more”. We continue to eat the sugar overriding our signals of homeostasis (stop eating I have had enough calories) and eat too much.
Over time, our mind’s amino acid balance is thrown out of whack and this also causes us to feel “addicted” as we seek more carbs to restore the balance. What we should be doing is restoring balance with the amino acids in protein.
CHECKING INTO REHAB
How can our Inner Coach use certain strategies to keep us out of that addiction cycle? Here are some weight master’s CARB RE-HABITING strategies to put into place today. Remember,it’s consistency, not perfection, that is going to keep you on your journey to long term permanent weight release.
1-Eat more fiber, whole foods and protein: In order to physically “unhook” addictive eating, it will serve you to make sure you are getting enough high fiber fruits and vegetables (5-10 servings) and lean protein( 50 grams)
2-Know your refined sugar and starchy carbohydrate “ceiling”: Ever heard of the glass ceiling—well there is a daily carb ceiling too. Every “body” is different and can tolerate a certain level of starchy or refined sugars and carbohydrates on average on a daily basis. If you are consistently consuming more than your limit, you start feeling “hooked”. It will be your mission to discover what your ceiling is and to make sure that you stay under that ceiling on a daily basis. A good place to start is 2-3 servings or less than 150 grams of carbohydrates a day.
5-Learn trigger times and emotional triggers for compulsive eating. Use your Inner Coach to come up with ways of comforting yourself other than food. Find healthier alternatives for those times when you have gotten used to reaching for the more “addictive” foods.
-Sit and grant yourself permission just to close your eyes for 5 minutes.
-Listen to the Curb Your Sugar Craving hypnosis session.
-Take a walk.
-Call a friend.
-Sit down and write your feelings or just sit with them and let them move through you—they won’t eat you alive (and you won’t be eating them!)
ADDICTION INTERVENTION STRATEGIES
If you find yourself eating too many carbohydrates and getting “hooked” do not fear—you can bounce back quickly and escape the grip of “addiction”. Learn the lesson and move on. Take action as quickly as possible and engage in the following strategies and you will become unhooked in no time:
1-Forgive yourself: Hey, life happens and this world is full of sugar and junk. The idea isn’t to be perfect, the idea is to learn the lesson and move on. If you beat yourself up—you lose the lesson. If you learn the lesson now, next time you don’t have to fall prey to the same old useless habit—this is what re-hab is all about.
2-First, take a break from all starchy and refined carbohydrates for three days.
3-Next, up your protein intake. This will stabilize your blood sugar and stunt the false hunger that is being caused by your out of whack blood sugar levels. Up your intake to at least 70 grams of protein for the next 3 days.
4-And up your intake of vegetables and whole food. The more healthfully you eat,the less your body craves the junk.
5-Drink water which flushes it all from your system.
6-Try supplementing with L-Glutamine—a natural occurring amino acid (you can get it at Whole Foods inexpensively) that will help cut carb cravings.
7-Move your body and exercise. In fact, take action on this step as soon as you can. It immediately makes you feel better about yourself. Even if you only walk around your block—just do it!!!
Note: Starchy Carbohydrates can range from whole grain bread to the most refined sugary candy and alcohol. Even though starchy carbohydrates from whole foods give you more nourishment than candy and donuts and more refined carbs, some people have such a low tolerance level and can overeat even these “healthier” foods. Part of what we learn at Shift about being a “loving scientist” with ourselves is finding out what amount is right for you.