Some of us do it out of habit. We have trained ourselves to believe sugar is the solution to our energy needs, even when the consequences suck. We don’t seem to know any other way.
Others use sugar to make them feel good. As I wrote a few weeks ago, sugar can be a powerful comfort food. It makes us happy. We find pleasure in chocolate or the perfect eclair.
Sugar is also sexy and fun. Or at least that is what advertisers for Dove bars and Skittles would have us believe. So if I sexily bite into a square of Dove bar, I too will be irresistible, right? Of course, unless I go through a whole bag in a sitting. That’s not so sexy.
But what about that energy?
When fatigue is your chief health complaint, sugar is not really a solution. Sure it helps in the moment. But what about the consequences? Fatigue. Inflammation. More illness.
Not only does sugar throw off our body’s balance leading to that classic crash and burn, but it leads to over a 140 health issues. Nancy Appleton, PhD. has compiled a list of the consequences of sugar. From contributing to diabetes, to causing rectal cancer, to ruining your sex life (so much for those sexy Dove bars), sugar is a dangerous substance.
Oh sure, our brain needs glucose to function. But seriously, do we need 156 pounds of it a year to keep our brain working. No.
So how can you avoid the crash and burn and keep your engines running?
First, detox from sugar. This is best way to get off the sugar roller coaster. You need to get it out of your system to interrupt your reliance and create a new pattern.
Of course, you can go cold turkey, but I don’t advise it – in my experience cold turkey is not sustainable. Instead, using a method like my Super Sugar Shake Down method, shows you how to ease out off of sugar with out evoking your inner bitch. And it’s designed for successful long-term sugar recovery. It simply works better than cold turkey. To learn how you can do your own Super Sugar Shake Down, click here.
Second, get your energy from real whole foods, instead of a chocolate bar. Once off sugar, adopting an anti-inflammatory eating plan designed to boost your energy naturally will help you keep moving. For help in starting an anti-inflammatory, super charged diet, check out my anti-inflammatory diet class.
Third, get your body moving. Lethargy begets lethargy. Movement creates energy. I don’t care if you go to the gym, the pool, the bike trail or the dance hall. Moving your body is critical for keeping your energy going.
Fourth, get some rest. I know this sounds simple, but getting 8 hours of sleep can be a huge step toward overcoming your fatigue and having more energy. Need tips on getting a better night’s sleep? Read this.
Finally, cultivate pleasure. One of the tips I shared on yesterday’s call was that you have to have something to replace the pleasure you get from chocolate. We can’t live a life devoid of pleasure. No fun in that. Yet sugar is so evil. So get your pleasure from some where else. If you need some ideas, sign up for yesterday’s call and get the Action Plan I shared. There you’ll find ideas on how to crowd out the sugar with more pleasure.
Overcoming your sugar cravings can feel daunting. I know that is the #1 concern people have when trying to improve their health. Indeed, it is the way most people use to sabotage their healthy lifestyle. So if you want more energy, follow the 5 steps above to escape that prison.