So, how does one prepare for a very difficult month abstaining from sugar? Honestly, as soon as I went public in deciding to do such a horrible thing, I got nervous. But now is NOT the time for nerves to kick and defeat us! Now is the time to fight! Fight back SUGARRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!
“Sugar is poison.” This is our mantra.
This is the path we take. And we will conquer.
It’s the day before our warpath begins. Here is what we must do:
Prepare our toolkit.
Gather our support team.
Start to write your Anti-Binge List.
Record how you feel today.
Put on our game-face.
Let us elaborate.
Firstly, go to the store and get your toolkit ready (some things on my list are in the last post). You may need to restock through the next thirty days, but make sure you are continuously replenishing it. You do NOT want to be craving chocolate and have nothing on hand. That’s just an opportunity for disaster. Always keep these things on hand:
- a sugar-free treat (As you can see above, I have several. I like treats.)
- good fats (I’ve stocked the fridge with avocados, and we have loads of fish ready)
- lots of protein (I’m keeping canned chicken, salmon, & tuna handy for emergencies – plus lots of unsweetened Greek yogurt)
- a sugar-alternative or two (stevia, xylitol, and coconut sugar are the best – loads better than refined sugar, but still to be used sparingly)
- yummy drinks to take the place of sugary coffees and soda (sugar-free chocolate milk, carbonated water, fruit tea)
- practical eats for meals & snacks (for me, yogurt, pineapple, & apricots are essential for easy snacks – I put them on oats)
- greens! (I use kale powder lately, but you can use spinach, broccoli, kiwi fruit, whatever green things you like! They’ll give you magnesium, potassium, some iron, which will help you loads)
- a multivitamin (keeping your vitamins and minerals up will reduce your cravings)
- protein powder (for added nutrition to smooooooooothies!)
- a meal plan (planning your meals ahead of time will help immensely)
Secondly, make sure you have a good solid support team. If you haven’t already, join our “No Sugar September” group on Facebook. And make sure you are a part of the “A Little Sanctuary” page as well. So, here are reasons why you need a team:
- Two are better than one.
- Being part of a team stirs passion. Being passionate about something makes that something enjoyable.
- Enjoy the community: Feel free to post sugar-free recipes and what you’re doing instead of eating dessert.
- When you mess up, there are people to be HONEST with you. None of us are perfect.
- When you succeed, there are people to congratulate you!
- You can help someone other than yourself. Your words of encouragement may keep someone else going.
Thirdly, you need to have an Anti-Binge List. This Anti-Binge list will serve to give you something to do when you really want to eat that entire chocolate cake that someone carelessly left in the work lounge. I have a journal that I will keep mine in, and I will plan to keep that journal in my purse over the next month. I want to decorate mine because colouring helps me.
- Do something enjoyable.
- Go for a walk.
- Play the piano.
- Have coffee with a friend.
- Call or text someone.
- Ellen, Mark, Reagan, Mom, Dad, etc.
- Grab a mug.
- Try a brand new tea (Green tea with Blueberry)
- Chocolate milk
- homemade mocha (sugar-free chocolate mix with instant coffee)
- make cake in a mug
- Read a book.
- Harry Potter is in my TOOLBOX already.
- how I feel
- why i’m doing this
- make lists of blessings, friends, what I have to do tomorrow…
- Nourish myself.
- plan and eat a delicious meal
- grab a hard-boiled egg or two from the fridge
- have some yogurt with nuts and berries
- make a smoothie!!!
- allow myself to feel good about eating
In the same journal, fourthly, you should keep track of how you feel today. One month from now, you WILL feel better. Writing down how you feel now will not only give you motivation to kick the sweets, but it help you to see how far you’ve come later. And if you feel better, you’re more likely to want to keep feeling good. Here are some things I will write in my journal.
- My weight today.
- My waist, hip, and arm measurements today.
- My feelings today. I use an app on my phone to get adjective ideas. Do I feel melancholy or joyful? Am I fatigued or energetic? Am I frustrated with myself or confident? Am I achy or do I feel ok? Do I have stomach pain or nausea? Am I bloated?
- My reasons for doing “No Sugar September”. I want to be less tired. I want to reduce candida overgrowth in my body. I want to protect myself from the long term effects of sugar. And so on…
Lastly, you need to put on your game-face. You need to see yourself for the warrior you are because going off sugar is no easy task. Many health gurus even say that it is more difficult to stop eating sugar than it is to stop doing drugs – cocaine and heroine in particular. We will talk more about that so that you feel encouraged in the weeks to come. Don’t worry, though. We’re in this together, and together we are stronger.