Have you been enjoying more candy and sweets recently?
I know I have. I don’t have any children so there is no candy in the house. But I have such fond memories of Halloween from my childhood that I often cave in and buy some candy which is on display at the checkout stand at the store. After all, what harm could it do to have a few of my favorite Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups?!
When I was a kid, I loved going Trick-or-treating. It was fun dressing up and my Mom always did a great job of creating some amazing homemade costumes for us to wear. Plus, my brother and I both loved visiting as many houses as we could to get the most candy possible. For us, the best part of the evening was when we came back home and poured out all of our candy on the table for our parents to inspect.
We proudly surveyed our candy like pirates of old surveyed their treasures. And, we contemplated which piece of candy we would eat right away (note: we were only allowed to eat one piece of candy per day starting on the day we received our plunder ;-) I remember that my brother would always choose a Three Musketeer bar and I would choose a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Boy, did I enjoy biting into that chocolate-peanut butter dream boat.
As you can see, there is a lot of emotion packed into a sweet treat food memory. As a result, it can be particularly difficult to overcome a memory-induced sweet food craving such as I have with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
If that has happened to you, too, and you STILL have a stash of candy waiting for you.
First, eat one candy and see if you currently like it. Many people’s tastes change over time. When I tried this, I realized that Reese Peanut Butter Cups have a fake, processed taste that I really don’t like that much anymore. Rationally, this shouldn’t have come as a surprise because I don’t like processed foods, milk chocolate or peanut butter anymore.
These days I eat much healthier than I did as a child. I’ve replaced milk chocolate with 85%+ dark chocolate and replaced processed peanut butter with natural almond butter. But the experiment worked. Taking the time to really taste the candy as the adult I am now cured me of my cravings and I was able to give away the remaining candy.
Try it and see if this experiment does the same for you.
Second, decide if it’s worth it. The average daily recommended sugar intake for women is 25 grams and for men it is 35 grams (unless you are training for a marathon and then it is higher). If you really love the candy and want to eat it, plan for it being part of our daily sugar allowance and cut out other sources of sugar so you don’t go over your recommended daily limit.
When you do eat your prized candy, take the time to really savor it with all of your taste buds so it is a satisfying treat.
Have You already overindulged?
What can you do if you’ve already overindulged your sugar tooth recently?
There are two powerful ways to reset your system and recover from sugar.
Balance is key. So, if you feel you have overeaten too much sugar, one of the best ways to rebalance is by eating more greens. According to Better Nutrition,
eating just one serving (one handful) of leafy greens with every meal can help you balance your blood glucose levels.
Dark green leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables are loaded with phytonutrients that help your body:
To unlock the most benefits, adults need to ideally eat 5-7 servings of vegetables per day including 3-4 servings of dark leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables.
Cut back to the daily recommended sugar limits of 25 grams per day for women and 35 grams for men.
And, here’s one last suggestion to help you cut your sugar intake…
Bonus Kick Sugar Tip:
If you slip up and go on a sugar binge because you were traveling, eating out, on holiday, or just needed it, be gentle with yourself and start over right away.
Don’t let a 1-day sugar slip up turn into a week and then a month or wait until your pants are tight and no longer fit. It’s always easier to turn things around as soon as you become aware that you are off track. Simply pick yourself back up and start again.
I know it can be hard to bounce back from a sugar binge. But if you really want to rebalance your system and cut your sugar intake, the SINGLE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY is to have a Green Protein Smoothie for breakfast every day.
I urge you to try this one simple step for one week. It will make a HUGE difference by balancing your blood sugar levels and helping your digestion system reset.
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