Sugar is such a mixed baggage of yuck! And at this time of the year it makes it especially difficult to try and avoid for everyone.
So I am going to confess. I was trying to figure out what to write tonight. I don’t normally have a brain block. Well life has been full (probably too full) and I was struggling with a thought. I posted on FB idea suggestions. And I received lots of great ideas. And the one that really stuck out for me to write about tonight was SUGAR!
It is that time of the year that everyone is going to start really struggling with it. It is going to be EVERYWHERE!
Now for me…
Growing up sugar was almost equated to “sin”, “evil”, “bad”. My parents knew it wasn’t good for us but they just didn’t know how to really express it and reinforce it in a healthy way. So for me unfortunately it was another thing that added to my baggage of dysmorphia and shame….especially if I chose to eat it away from them.
I fortunately don’t really crave sweet things. My cravings are salty, creamy, cheesy….lol. But I do love ice cream and chocolate. And even though I will find some really great vegan and sugar free options just the sweetness can trigger me into feeling like I am doing something I am not suppose to be doing.
The problem with sugar period…set aside any of us who have an emotional tie to it….it physically IS addicting! It messes with our hormones. It messes with our insulin. Which in return messes with our emotions.
How can we overcome any shame and “ick” with it!? Keep it simple….especially this time of the year! So many of us try to replace the candy and pies with alternatives that are “healthier” versions but they can still create emotional baggage.
Instead enjoy LOTS AND LOTS of fresh fruit and veggies! I am totally serious. The more we reach for these the better we will feel. Don’t be afraid to enjoy all of these. And truly keep it simple. Just cut them up. Crunch is wonderful and satisfying. And its actually quite healing! I also use lots of different essential oils to either soak my fruits and veggies in or just in my water to help me with cravings and add some fun flavors.
We can get stressed during this time of the year with family. When our hormones and emotions are out of whack it can make things even worse. It can cause us to feel even more shame, hurt, frustration….you name it!
Some tricks I use especially during the holidays but year round when it comes to sugar:
- A note in my frig that says “what do I really want?!”
- Lemon and orange essential oil at eye level in the pantry.
- Pausing to ask myself “what am I FEELING right now?”
- Will I feel shame?
- Drink 2 glasses of lemon/peppermint water instead.
- Remind myself I love myself too much to go through the roller coaster ride.
- Remind myself I love my family too much to put them through emotions.
- Remind myself: I AM A TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT….to be honored and respected!
But the biggest and best thing to overcome sugars seduction….keep it out of the house! We don’t have it in the house. And anything we have that is made with natural sweeteners I ask the above questions to myself.
What is your relationship with sugar?
Sit with this….pray about it…write….oil…and tap….I am truly serious :)! This seductive “drug” needs all the tools in our tool bag to resist.
Oh but finally…..if you do give into it…..don’t shame yourself….love yourself….give yourself grace and know that you can start all over that very moment!!!!
Because GOD LOVES US NO MATTER WHAT!!!
Many drops of blessings and prayers dear one!
PS…would you like some help overcoming your sugar temptations and other wellness goals….message me on Facebook or contact me from the “services & appointment” tab. I would love to serve and support you!