Combating the Cravings

What happens when you say, “I think I’m going to cut sugar out of my diet”… You instantly want need sugar! Am I right? I know I am, because that is exactly what happened to me when I decided that I need to cleanse my system from sugar.

So what do you do when you set your mind to a sugar detox without caving in to the cravings of sugar? Here are a few things I have done to help along the way.

Combating the Cravings

Pray.

For real. I know, I know. You’re probably thinking “Does God even care if I eliminate sugar from my diet?” And the answer is yes. I would encourage you, though, to not eliminate sugar with the sole purpose of losing weight. While that is true for some, and it may be result, there are deeper reasons why you (and I) turn to sugar.

Get to the heart of the issue while you are detoxing. Be bold and brave and pray the prayer of “Search me, O God.” Ask Him to reveal to you why you turn to sugar for comfort instead of Him. And when the going gets tough, the tough get on their knees. There have been multiple days where I just felt like NOTHING was helping my cravings. In those moments, I had to say “Okay, God. I need your strength. I don’t want to give in and comfort myself with sugar. I want to be comforted by you. I want YOUR strength to get me through this.” He is faithful to give us what we need, when we need it.

Accountability.

I have a group of ladies who are in a group Facebook message and we chat almost daily. We are all going through some sort of fast/detox right now. We are sharing our struggles, asking for prayer, giving tips of good foods we can be eating, and more. It is great to have someone who will encourage you to keep at it, press in, and do the hard work of sticking to your commitments. Because the truth is, it gets hard.

Chocolate.

Yes. I said chocolate. But not the kind you are thinking. Cocoa Powder has some amazing benefits when not combined with loads and loads of sugar. I am an advocate of buy the best quality you can. I understand not everyone can do organic cocoa. I myself use Hershey’s 100% cocoa,  1T. mixed with 1/2c. hot water and 1/2c. almond milk, a splash of vanilla, a pinch of salt, and an approved sugar substitute (stevia, erythritol, or xylitol) to taste. You can also do a chocolate milk by doing the same thing minus heating it. Put it all in a blender cup with some ice and you’ve got yourself a creamy chocolate milk! Now, don’t expect the same kind of chocolate milk you’re buying at the store. It isn’t going to be that sweet.

BCAA.

I am still learning about branch chain amino acids, so I am going to defer you to this article from Momsanity for the whys and what’s of BCAAs. I do use the BCAA mix from Momsanity– it has no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. It has the ideal 3:1:1 ratio of Leucine: Isoleucine:Valine for the most impact (many formulas are lower in leucine)

From the article here are 3 reasons why you should be taking BCAAs:

” 1.They lower cortisol levels. Cortisol is an important stress hormone that is responsible for increasing blood sugar and aiding in protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism – we need it in proper doses. The problem is most of us produce way too much. When we release cortisol along with low levels of HGH (think when you don’t get enough sleep) or high levels of insulin cortisol causes muscle burning and fat storing (not good!). BCAAs lower cortisol and therefore help suppress cravings and hunger instigated by stress.

2.They help regulate hunger. In addition to balancing blood sugar, the BCAA leucine activates hunger controlling molecules in the brain.

3.They balance our brains. BCAAs are precursors to our brain’s stimulating chemical glutamate, as well as the number one relaxation neurotransmitter (GABA). By balancing these stimulating and relaxing responses in the brain, we can stop cravings before they even start.”

I mix one scoop with a large mason jar, half full of ice, with water up to the 2 cup mark. Put a lid on it and shake! If you don’t use enough water, it will probably be way too sweet to drink! I like to post my pictures on Instagram of my daily “pink drink” as seen below. It has replaced my 2nd cup of morning coffee!

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Grace.

Lastly, show yourself some grace. If you haven’t had sugar all week, and your husband comes home with pizza to bless you, eat the pizza- guilt free. Know when you are giving into cravings, and when you need to give yourself some grace. If one cookie triggers a chain reaction for wanting more sugar, your addiction may go deeper than you think.

I hope this has been helpful for you! If you are in the boat of knowing sugar has a stronghold in your life, I would encourage you check out Momsanity’s 21-day sugar detox. I love that they encourage you to do it for 21 days, not make it a complete lifestyle, because I think that’s near impossible. I also love that God is in the equation of this program!

Gail

P.S. For the month of October you can get $5 off your BCAA with code 5offBCAA at checkout!

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