The Sugar Cycle of Guilt
You’ve probably heard your coworkers and social media talking about their diets. The current trend? Sugar and carbs are bad.
Let me know if this sounds familiar.
Everywhere you turn around, your peers are cutting out carbs and getting tons of health benefits. Keto, paleo, whole foods. Surely, you should also cut out all the carbs and sugar out. It shouldn’t be that hard!
You make your plan to kick the carbs to the side.
Then you find that carbs…
A slip here leads to you beating yourself up. It was just a small container of yogurt for breakfast, and you needed something! (Oops, it had 15+ grams of added sugar.)
Then one of your friends invites you to dinner. You enjoy a glass of wine (or two)… then dessert.
Saturday is a baby shower.
The day after that is your weekly Sunday brunch obligation.
You wind up frustrated with yourself because you were far from sugar-free, even with all that determination.
Next week will be different.
That’s what I like to call the sugar cycle of guilt.
The more restrictive our eating becomes, it also becomes less convenient and sustainable. Many of us tend to repeat this cycle, becoming frustrated because we can never quite get it right.
Who doesn’t love sugar? It’s tasty and gives us a quick boost of instant energy. Carbohydrates in general are good, especially when your body has to work to break them down.
That’s why we want to opt for complex carbohydrates instead of simple carbohydrates.
Carbs are energy sources that can be found plant matter.
The fruit you eat is made of carbs in the form of sugar (fructose) and fiber. (Easily digestible AND non-digestible matter.)
My philosophy is that fructose is the one kind of sugar to freely enjoy. (Unless you’re diabetic, and you know what spikes your insulin.)
The lettuce in your salad?
A few carbs in the form of fiber. (It’s really just a vessel for vitamins and minerals.)
Fiber is GREAT for you. Fiber is a type of carbohydrate your body can’t digest. It helps control your sugar levels, lowers your cholesterol, and even helps regulate your plumbing. That’s why going with whole fruit is better for you than juice.
With juice, you get a straight-up sugar shot without the awesome benefits of fiber.
Sugar, especially ADDED sugars, require minimal effort to process, and then get hoarded by our bodies.
Have you ever had a sugar hangover? Too much sugar, particularly added sugars, can create inflammation and cravings in the body.
Here’s a mini-challenge for you sugar lovers you can prepare for this weekend. Instead of your regular snacks next week, have a piece of fruit.
Then, check back with me at the end of the week to let me know how it went. Was it easy or hard? How were your sugar cravings?
It’s time to ditch the exclusionary diets and create sustainable relationships. Changing your relationship to sugar and carbs comes through small shifts that will keep you feeling satisfied, emotionally and physically.
If you need help making your relationship to sugar healthy and sustainable, we’re here for you! Send us an email with your biggest struggles with sugar. We’ll schedule a 15-minute success call to help you figure out your initial course of sustainable relating.
To your health,