Learning to fight the sugar cravings.
I have a sweet tooth. Ice cream. Cake. Cookies. Gummy candy. Ice cream. Chocolate. Did I say ice cream? I love bread and baked goods too, but that’s another story.
There is always room to improve. I feel like I eat pretty darn healthy 80% of the time, and the rest of the time I’m okay with treating myself. It's the 80-20 rule. But the sugar is a problem. I’m the person adding flavored creamer AND sugar to my coffee. I’m the person reaching for something sweet after lunch and dinner. And I’m the person that has an incredible weak spot for ice cream. If you wrung me out like a towel, I swear I’d drip maple syrup.
Supposedly if we cut back on sugar (or forego it entirely), our cravings subside. Last week I tried to cut out processed sugar entirely for seven days. It is HARD. Coffee without sugar? Avoiding energy or protein bars? As an athlete on the go, I find it hard to reach for a quick snack at work that isn’t a bar. So instead, I made substantial changes. I added flavored creamer to my coffee but no sugar. I’ve been choosing berries after lunch and dinner instead of my usual chocolate or candy. And I’ve said no to ice cream (except for one late night stop at Whole Foods on my way home from work when I may have finished off a Halo Top pint in the car). It’s a significant improvement. I’d still like to do an entire week without ANY added sugars, and I will. But for now, I’m feeling better about where I am.
Now, if I could only stop opening up a bag of Skinny Pop at 10:00pm and eating the entire bag…