Today is day 2 of teaching the “Everyday Cooking Skills Class” and if today is anything like yesterday, it’s going to be another fun one!
Anytime I teach a class I start off by telling people my story of how I became a chef–my journey from being a depressed, lethargic sugar addict who wanted nothing to do with food (seriously, at that stage I would have been happy to just be hooked up to an IV) to being a happy, sugar-free, energetic coach & cooking instructor.
Yesterday during class one of the participants asked if I give advice on my website about how to get off of sugar because when I tell the story it sounds like it was so easy but she’s been struggling with it for years.
The truth of the matter is that it was both easy and difficult to get off of sugar.
What made it easy?
1. I made a decision that I was going to change.
It really was that simple.
My leverage was that it was either change how I was living my life or kill myself. The reality was that I was in such a bad place that I didn’t want to live but I knew the later was not an option. I couldn’t do that to my family.
So, I had to do something else that, at the time seemed even more drastic than ending my life. I made a decision to change–to give up sugar for a a week.
Tony Robbins says “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.”
That decision to kick the sugar habit was the first step in changing my life.
It literally changed my destiny.
Was it “easy” after that?
No, not always. Did I still eat sugar after that?
I had one week without sugar and felt incredibly better.
And then, just like everyone else, I did the “oh, I can have a little bit here and there.”
After making the decision to get off sugar I had to do the next step.
2. I got educated
It took months, if not years, to learn how to replace sugar with naturally sweet things.
For me it took complete immersion–going to school to become a health coach, going to a culinary school that specifically focuses on food and healing, and spending a lot of time in the kitchen cooking.
Every second of my time, every dollar I spent was absolutely worth it.
Each time I “gave in” I learned a lesson in how my body responded.
I paid attention to whether or not I felt fatigued or if my moods fluctuated.
I gathered information and kept building on what I was learning.
Getting off of sugar is not an easy process.
Sugar is more addictive than cocaine.
If you are in the process–remember, making the decision to kick the habit is the first step.
The next step is to get educated.
Become a student of yourself.
Notice how you feel after eating sugar.
Are you exhausted?
Do you break out?
Do you get a sore throat?
Do you want to stay in bed all day?
Are you depressed?
All of these pieces of information give you the leverage you need to daily make a decision to stay away from sugar.
Not everyone has the ability to drop what they are doing and totally immerse themselves the way I did. I get that.
The next best way to do this is to work with a coach, someone like me, who can come along side of you, see your blind-spots and give you tips on how to get there. It makes the journey more fun and helps you get to your destination much faster.
And, as you gather this information, remember to do this last step.
3. I gave myself grace
As I mentioned, it took a while for me to get off of sugar; there were times when I decided that “I didn’t care if it made me feel like crap, I’m still going to eat it” and I paid the consequences.
But each time that happened I gave myself grace, didn’t beat myself up and paid attention to how I was feeling so that I could make a better decision next time.
Success is built on success. Beating ourselves up doesn’t motivate us to continue on.
Celebrating the small successes creates momentum for more success.
When I ate more veggies instead of a dessert I’d celebrate myself.
It may sound silly but it works.
There are many things to do to kick the sugar habit…starting at the beginning is the best way to have success.
1. Make the decision to change–and decide that there is no turning back. This one thing will change your destiny.
2. Get educated--become a student of your own body and emotions. Use the information to continue to make better decisions.
3. Give yourself grace–it is a journey. You won’t make the best decisions right away. Each positive decision will build on each other and you’ll see soon enough that you are way further along than you ever imagined.
I’d love to help you in this journey. If you want to set up a time to talk, email me, firstname.lastname@example.org so we can pick a time to get you started on this journey of being smart, sexy & sugar free!