‘Tis the season to be surrounded by sugar – pretty much from Halloween through the end of the year poses a big challenge for many of us in managing our intake of sweets and other toxic substances. In fact, this weekend was a bit of a challenge for me too! Saturday night was trick or treating so Cruella deVille and her BIG dalmatian took our clone trooper, scary skeleton, and empire of evil out for their annual candy collection. It was a balmy 40 degrees and oh so much fun! During the course of our two hour candy collection adventure, we managed to consume hotdogs, a cocktail or two, and for me, two pieces of candy. By 8pm, I had quite the headache – an unusual occurrence for me. Wonder why?! But most importantly, great FUN was had by all as we walked the streets in our costumes.
The evening lasted a bit longer with a post T or T party which involved a few more bites of sugar, more gluten, high fat dip, and another cocktail. The party also proved to be a lot more FUN! It’s not too often I sample all of my “bad stuff” in one evening. My boys complained of stomach aches on the way home from the festivities. Wonder why?! And today, my belly was a mess as well 😦 (Loaded up on digestive enzymes, probiotics, greens, lots of water, and some good clean eating today. Hoping tomorrow will be better.)
I’m planning to get back to my avoid-the-bad-stuff lifestyle this week. And I don’t think it will be too difficult until Thanksgiving (although I am hosting this year so I have some food control). In case a few of you are struggling with the sugar monster, I wanted to share a few of my favorite tips for surviving the sugar challenge from now until the end of the year:
(1) Eat Regularly – Try to eat 3 meals/day with a couple snacks to help balance your blood sugar levels. At breakfast, combine a protein and fat in your meal – don’t just eat a carbohydrate only breakfast. This will help reduce sugar cravings later in the day.
(2) Choose Whole Foods & Lots of Water – Try to eats foods in their natural state, or as close to it as possible. Processed foods tend to contain higher levels of sugar and other toxic substances. Water can provide a feeling of fullness, so you are less tempted to sneak a naughty treat, and it also helps to eliminate the toxins from your body.
(3) Get Moving! – Whatever is is that you like to do (swim, bike, run, jump rope, yoga, play frisbee, baseball, volleyball) to get your body moving – do it! You will feel more energized and decrease your need to look for a sugar lift during the day.
(4) Keep it Out of Reach – Empty your cabinets, car, closets, office, purse, and any other area where you stash your fix and get it out of your life. If it’s not nearby, you cannot reach for it nor put it in your mouth.
(5) Do a Detox – A detoxification or cleanse period allows your body to reset itself. Your appetite and taste buds can re-adjust to life without sugar (as well as a few other unhealthy substances). If you are interested in a 7 Day Detox, feel free to contact me as I have recently organized one that has been working well for many of my clients.
And I could go on-and-on with more tips for beating the sugar blues. But this is enough for you to read and digest tonight. If you were out T or T’ing this weekend, I hope you all stayed warm and had as much fun as I did. And if you are heading out Halloween night, think about a few of my tips to control the sugar monster. And stay tuned later this week for details on my successful candy buy-back program.