Are you starting a new diet protocol to get bikini ready in time for spring break? Perhaps you’ve been finding that challenging to do because you have your go-to sweet treats which you find comfort in at the end of a long workday. Or perhaps whenever the kids nag you, or there’s more than usual going on at work, or you’re facing a sudden, big change in your life, one of the first things you’ll do is have a piece of cake, or a package of cookies, or munch on a box of cereal, or you hit that tub of ice cream. And when you suddenly become conscious again, fork/spoon mid-air projected for your open mouth, the guilt sets in. You feel so guilty because you promised yourself that you’ll be rocking a fit body in a couple of months and feel good about yourself. But right now, you are feeling the total opposite! So what do we do when this happens?
Firstly, we just put the fork or spoon down and take a biiiiiiig breath in through the nose. Then we sigh it out the mouth. Do this 3 times or at least until you feel a sense of calm. Forgiving yourself is the key here!
Secondly, we make a grocery list. And all you have to put on your grocery list are:
- Coconut oil
- Maple syrup
- Coconut sugar
- Lots and lots of fresh, organic fruit
- Some sweet vegetables like sweet potato, kabocha pumpkin (if in season)
- Nuts of any kind. Macadamia, almond, pecan, pistachio, whatever you enjoy!
- Dark chocolate – at least 70%
And if you eat animal products, add these to your list:
- Wild-caught oily fish like salmon, sardines, opah, mackerel
- Grass-fed butter, beef, chicken (if you eat animal products)
- Organic, grass-fed heavy cream (for your coffee/tea and to whip for eating with your fruit)
Thirdly, go brush your teeth and make some herbal tea to turn down for the night. If you have trouble sleeping at night, I suggest getting an adult coloring book. It helps relax you and stops the chatter of the monkey mind.
See how easy? No gross guilty feelings, no self-sabotage, and no self-punishment.
Your next set of actions is to find a time in the next 2 days to go buy everything on that list. The reason why we are getting these specific items is because the best way to kick a sweet craving is to fill our system with healthy fats. What are healthy fats?
According to Dr. Steven Masley, eating “smart fats” will lower blood pressure, prevent cardiovascular disease, makes us feel full and satisfied for longer, and… you got it! It will lower your sweet cravings! Why? Because sweet cravings come from stress, and a desire to self-soothe. If you are anxiety-ridden, you probably get intense sweet cravings. According to Ayurveda (Indian medicine), the sweet taste helps soothe agitation, the feeling of being un-grounded and being too firey.
Load yourself up with healthy foods, especially smart fats, good proteins and fiber and your body will be so satisfied already that it won’t really crave anything beyond a bowl of fresh berries with a dollop of whipped cream, some maple syrup, and a sprinkle of crushed pistachios. Yum.