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I Am Allergic to Sugar – Sugar Addiction

I am allergic to sugar - it makes me break out in fat. http://www.BethSawickie.com

 

Allergic would be putting it mildly.  I actually have a full-blown sugar addiction!  An addiction that I have had for years but just started battling over the last 5 or so.

There was a time (a long, long, time ago) when I could eat ANYTHING I wanted and still be somewhat slim.  I used to joke that as long as when I looked down I saw my breasts and then my feet – with NO belly in between – then I was happy.  Well, my friends… the day came when that belly was sticking out so far that I could’ve passed for someone in early pregnancy.

Yes, I gained fat in the rest of my body too – but the amount hanging and pulling from my stomach was by far the worst.

I TRIED and I TRIED to cut down on the sugar.  But I was seriously – honest to God – addicted to it.  It gave me a high – for real – a high.  I could grab a few of those sugar cookies with icing on them and each bite would send this wave of almost euphoria through me.  But it wouldn’t last long – I’d have to consume more.

It was not unlike when I was a heavy smoker (1 pack+/day).  If you’ve ever been a smoker you know the nasty hold it has over you.  Your body craves nicotine and all the gross chemicals they add in with it.  That first puff is sheer delight….then you want MORE!

I went on special diets to help me kick my sugar habit.  But then I’d have just one lil ol’ piece of cake – ya know out to dinner.  And maybe I couldn’t finish it all cause it was just too sweet.  I’d take it home and eat it before going to bed that night.

I used to like these crap-tacular  sugar cookies from the supermarket in the bakery area.  They were soft with a heavy layer of icing on top – and sometimes sprinkles (I love sprinkles :).  I’d open them in the car and eat 3, 4 or more on the short drive home.  Needless to say – they didn’t last long in the house.

I know there are people who can eat sugar laden goodies in moderation.  I most definitely AM NOT one of those people.  It took me a long time to come to terms with that.  Like an alcoholic who can never have a drink again.  If I consume a sugary confection it’ll probably lead me into a sugar binge. Then I’ll have to detox from sugar all over again.

So I’ve taken to telling people that I am allergic to sugar.  If they want more info I then explain to them a bit about the addiction and how it makes me fat.

2 1/2 weeks ago I made the decision to finally cut out all processed sugar.

With that I also made a mind shift.  My ultimate goal with eating is to supply my body with as much quality nutrients as possible in the smallest amount of calories.  When I look at a piece of cake I see something high in calories and severally lacking in nutrients.  Contrast that with a bowl of fruit – pineapple, grapes, blueberries, melons, strawberries – loaded with nutrients and tastes delicious too…. PLUS… far fewer calories.  And that bowl of fruit will not spike my blood sugar so high that my body stores the excess as fat.  That is what would happen with the cake – blood sugar spike, then excess gets stored right on my expanding belly!

In the last 2 1/2 weeks I have lost 10 lbs. and 3 inches off of my waist.

Update:

The above blog post was originally written a few months ago.  Since then, sugar has crept it’s way back into my life.  Little things (and big things) here and there.  I’d forget my Stevia so I’d just put some processed sugar in my coffee.  I would think that just a little Ben & Jerry’s wouldn’t hurt – uh, yeah –  right! And I also gave into peer pressure…”surely you can have just once piece of cake – you can’t give up ALL sugar” (as if sugar has health benefits and is one of the  4 food groups!)

And… just as sugar entered my mouth, the pounds appeared back on my belly.  I’m still a bit smaller than when I started, but not anywhere near where I’d like to be.

So… this leads me to something…

Setting yourself up for success when kicking the sugar addiction.

Looking back on my relapse I can see where I goofed – I didn’t have a plan in place for those inevitable temptations.

Here are some of the challenges and solutions I’ve come up with:

Challenge:  Not having Stevia with me when grabbing a cup of coffee.  I would say ‘oh well’ and dump in processed sugar anyway.

Solution:  I bought Stevia packets (from SweetLeaf brand) and have them in my purse, car, bag…etc.  I’ll also be leaving a few at my Moms house too.

Challenge: Wanting something sweet to eat at night – usually a bowl of ice cream, preferably Ben & Jerrys.

Solution:  Keeping fruit on hand – especially FROZEN bananas. Some of my sweet tooth substitutes:

  • large bowl of fruit.
  • in my Nutribullet I mix up:  1 frozen banana (in pieces), some almond milk, a little vanilla and either some other fruit OR – when I have a chocolate craving – some cocoa powder (raw – not the sugary kind).
  • Fage greek yogurt 2%, some fruit (usually thawed strawberries, raspberries, blueberries), little bit of vanilla, cinnamon or apple pie spice, some crushed nuts or sunflower seeds. NOTE: I found this one took a little getting used to, it’s not as sweet as the others.

Challenge:  Going out to eat and ordering dessert.

Solution:  Yes, I could just say “no dessert for me”…but that is just NOT me!  Instead, I opt for a bowl of fruit – or even oatmeal with fresh fruit would be a good substitute.

I want to hear from you!

Do you have a sugar addiction?  What are some of your favorite substitutes?

Share with me in the comments below 🙂

I Forgot to Make My Smoothie – Again!

Smoothie Success Strategy #1 www.BethSawickie.com/smoothie-success-strategy-1

Tell me if this sounds familiar….

The alarm clock goes off in the wee hours of the morning.  You rush around to get ready.  Find that shoe that is missing somewhere. Help whomever needs it (kids, dog, husband).  Dash out the door….and oh shoot!  You forgot to make your smoothie!

There just wasn’t enough time to get out the greens and wash them, then get out the fruit, then scoop out the seeds and all the other goodies.

You are then bummed because you KNOW that having that green smoothie in the morning sets you up for a GREAT day!

You KNOW it is an easy way to get a whole bunch of yummy goodness into your body – and you missed out!

I’ve been there…. I was actually there almost every darn morning for a few weeks when life was just crazy hectic.  And I noticed the difference – I didn’t have as much pep, I was eating junk and my skin – ugh – I am truly amazed at just how much my skin reacts to what I eat.

I finally started setting myself up for success with my smoothies 🙂

Here is Smoothie Success Strategy #1:

Get everything set up the night before as much as you can.

You can put all of your smoothie ingredients in your blending container the night before and then you’re ready to go in the morning.  I leave out the liquid until the morning.

This saves a whole bunch of steps.  Just grab your container, poor in your liquid (almond milk for me) and blend – simple!

Repeat after me…

I use a NutriBullet and have a few containers that go with it.

If you are using a cup or so of greens along with frozen fruit, nuts/seeds and some almond milk then you can do the same with the larger container from the Nutri-Bullet too!

If you want to amp up the greens in your smoothie using a Nutri-Bullet then check out my post about How to Get Triple Greens Into Your NutriBullet Green Smoothie.

Eating greens every day is part of the “4-G’s of Feeling Good” (Goin’, Greens, Givin’, Gratitude).  Learn the 4 simple strategies I use to keep myself happy, healthy and thriving in my free book – “Get Back on the Feel Good Train: 4 Simple Strategies to Get You Back on Track

I want to hear from you!

What is your best “Smoothie Success Strategy”?

Don’t have one?  Then what about a smoothie frustration?

Share with me in the comments below 🙂

And – hey – if you know someone who would like this smoothie success strategy – please share it with them using the buttons and what-not below!

How To Get Triple Greens Into Your NutriBullet Green Smoothie

Triple Greens in NutriBullet www.BethSawickie.com

I usually like to blend several cups of greens into my smoothie – sometimes a whole head of romaine lettuce.

The NutriBullet containers aren’t as large as a typical blender or Vitamix – so I can’t fit 3 cups of greens plus all the other stuff in the container.

I’ve found a work-around!

How to Get More Greens Into Your NutriBullet

Step 1: I use one container (cup 2) to blend a whole bunch of greens – 2-3 cups – with almond milk and all my nuts, seeds and powders.  This liquifies the greens and they go down a lot!  At this point I sometimes even add in MORE greens and blend again!

Step 2: Then I add in the frozen fruit from the other container (cup 1) and blend it all together.

Voila!  Yummy smoothie PACKED with greens using a NutriBullet !

My Super Green Smoothie Recipe:

In cup 2:

  • Around 3 cups of kale
  • 1 Tablespoon Goji Berries
  • 1 teaspoon Flax Seed
  • 1 teaspoon Chia Seed
  • 1 teaspoon Macca Powder
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder

In cup 1:

  • your favorite frozen fruit – around 1 1/2 cups or less.

Note:  Remember when using the NutriBullet to not fill it past the “max” line.

And if you’ve ever forgotten to make your green smoothie in the morning you’ll like Smoothie Success Strategy #1.

Eating greens every day is part of the “4-G’s of Feeling Good” (Goin’, Greens, Givin’, Gratitude).  Learn the 4 simple strategies I use to keep myself happy, healthy and thriving in my free book – “Get Back on the Feel Good Train: 4 Simple Strategies to Get You Back on Track

I want to hear from you!

What is your best Green Smoothie tip?  Let me know in the comments below!

And – hey – if you know someone who would like this info – please share it with them using the buttons and what-not below!

My Top 5 Reasons Why I LOVE Juicing

why i love juicing http://www.BethSawickie.comI have been juicing on and off since early 2012.

  1. It gives me a nice, sustained boost of energy.  Not like when I drink coffee and get an eyes-plastered-open jolt that leads me to a crash later on.
  2. My body craves it! Seriously – one sip and each cell in my body is tingling with happiness.  This happened after juicing for a few days.
  3. It has helped me to loose weight.  I did a juice fast that kicked my cravings and I lost weight too.
  4. My cravings for junk food diminish.  This happens because my body gets plenty of nutrients from the vegetables and is satisfied so it doesn’t send out hunger signals to get me to eat more.  Granted – I DO eat…I’m just not craving junk food.
  5. It allows me to consume the nutrients from many more vegetables than I would normally consume in a day.  This gives my body a dose of beneficial nutrients which helps it to heal.

 What Inspired Me?

The movie “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” is what first inspired me to try it.  You can watch it free with Amazon Prime here or online here.

By the way… I use a JuiceMan Juicer that I bought for around $60 at the beginning of 2012 and it is still going strong.  I have never used a more expensive juicer like a Breville.  I imagine I’ll upgrade some day…but for now, the JuiceMan has worked just fine.  One warning – it IS pretty darn loud!