I've been stuggling with the sugar this week...big time. I'm not kidding when I say I found an old M&M in my daughter's room last night, and had the urge to eat it. SO disgusting, but true. Thankfully I managed to pull out of that tailspin and abstained from indulging in an old dirty M&M...but WHOA did it make me stop in my tracks!! I've been in a bad place with sweets all week...while I haven't had an outright binge, it's been making me really uncomfortable. Cranky. A little crazy at times. Like a junkie needing a fix, sweets have occupied most of my food related thoughts this week. I've been thinking things like "Not good" to myself all week, but laziness kind of took over, and I decided to take the "wait and see" approach to overcoming this little SNAFU. The M&M incident last night has made me change my thinking on the subject. I need to do something NOW...because the cravings aren't getting any better, and I feel that if I keep ignoring it, the cravings are going to lead me (quickly) into a full blown junk food relapse!
Things I already know about sugar cravings but have been too lazy to apply to my life lately:
1. The more sugar you eat, the more your body craves it.
2. Artificial Sweeteners do not stop sugar cravings, they actually make them worse.
3. Eating "reasonable", healthy, regularly spaced meals cuts down on sugar cravings AND general binge eating.
4. It is okay (and much better to) eat a little fruit when you want something sweet.
5. "Diet" sweets, while pretty cool and sometimes yummy, make sugar cravings worse while at the same time filling you up with reduced, but still empty, calories.
6. Always pair protein with carbs...and vice versa.
Something interesting that I "learned" yesterday...
I knew this info anyway from my formal education, but never really applied the concept or saw the connection between your liver and weight loss before. Your liver has two pretty important functions...to break down fats, and to filter out "junk" in your system. ("Junk" being my not-so-technical term for any thing in your body that your body does not actually have use for.) Junk...like alcohol or medications (which I'm sure is where most of our thoughts first go to where the liver is involved), BUT ALSO,..artificial sweeteners and "fake" food chemicals. Your liver tends to take it's filtering job FAR more seriously than it does it's fat break down job, so if you have "junk" in your system...it takes the liver's attention first. Putting (what I think should be the most important job of) breaking down fat on the back burner...where the fats are usually passed through the liver without being appropriately handled because your liver was so busy dealing with the other junk. Said fat wasn't broken down for use, so it gets stored as...body fat. So eating "diet" foods, while lower calorie, are actually hindering the weight loss process...your body isn't processing the fat, it's worried abour filtering out all of the fake sugar and things ending in -ese, etc.
All of the above principles are giving me a headache right now because it (no lie) is just easier for me (read: my bad habit) to not eat before noon, eat processed junk, load up on coffee and Splenda, and skip fresh fruit because I'm still a brainwashed headcase from the Atkins diet.
So new plan of action for myself: stop being lazy about nutrition!! I made the SP plan work for me for 6 months...by doing the 6 things I listed above. Looking back through my trackers, the SP plan STOPPED working for me when I gradually stopped doing those things. Back on the wagon it is! Attacking #3 and #6 first this week...eating regularly spaced meals, and pairing carbs with protein. These were the first things I did when joining SP, and in my opinion, the most important things of them all! So I'm going to be working really hard over the next month to make these things habits again...and not chores! God willing, I will not be tempted to eat anymore candy off of the floor!!