In my last post I discussed the first step on the road to my diet change. If you didn’t read it (which you definitely should) to sum it up, I started by changing my portion sizes. This first step helped pave the way for my lifestyle change. Here is part 2…

Step 2: After successfully seeing myself lose weight with just portion control itself, I knew that in the long run eating all the sugar and fast food was still not good for my health. This second step was the most difficult for me. This step involved me breaking my addiction to sugar. People don’t realize how bad and addictive sugar is, because it is so common in our society. My addiction to sugar was so bad that two summers ago I would go for an ice cream run at least twice a day. I didn’t think it was a big deal because I still worked out almost everyday, but I was slowly getting worse. Even though I was cutting my portions in half, I was still making room for dessert and other sweets. Now most people advise that if you’re going to quit it’s better to just do it cold turkey, and great for them if that worked, but that DID NOT work for me. Anytime I tried to quit cold turkey, my cravings became insane, and when I was around anything sweet I would binge eat it and I would be back to square one, so this is what I did to get rid of my craving that truly worked for me:

  1. I got rid of all sweets in my house and I only bought fresh fruit, dark chocolate, and the sweet flavored protein bars (my favorite are Oatmega!)
  2. Anytime I knew I was going to be around candy I would limit myself to about 5 pieces and would bring water, and anytime I had the urge to reach for extra piece I would take a sip of water.
  3. I would reward myself at the end of the day with something small like part of the dark chocolate or a small frozen yogurt.
  4. I constantly reminded myself my health was more important than my cravings.

Of course things weren’t perfect. But with this I was able to slowly get the refined sugar out of my diet. After about of month of doing this and slowly progressing to less refined sugar and more natural sugar, a fruit smoothie was able to satisfy my sweet tooth. I was also able to find a lot of alternatives that are just as good, if not better, than the bad stuff! Today? yeah sure I still eat cakes, ice cream, and candies; but my cravings are not near as bad. I can walk by a candy bowl without grabbing any, I can now say no to ice cream (which if you ask anyone who knows me that is a miracle) I don’t need sugary foods to be happy any more. Like I said earlier this was the most difficult step, but it was definitely worth it. After this I was able to continue on my lifestyle change, to get to where I am now.

Again you’ll have to stay tuned for part 3, but until then keep living your Con{FIT}dent You!

If you’re interested in any of the alternatives to sweets that I mentioned earlier go to my pinterest by clicking the green button with the “P”, and in the board “Lifestyle” I have some good dessert recipes saved!

Please comment and share! I want to get a good conversation going on what works for people and the obstacles everyone has gone through or is going through!

 

 

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