5 More Ways to Boldly Face the Onslaught of Sugary Holiday Treats and Desserts
Previously, we expanded on 5 major ways to boldly face the onslaught of sugary holiday treats and desserts. No one is arguing that a person can’t enjoy the occasional dessert – but what if you wish for strength to cut back? What if you are supposed to avoid sugar and inflammatory desserts right now? The holidays and family expectations can make it extra difficult to say “no” when you need to.
Sometimes the will to resist sugar flies right out the window. Some are starting new year’s resolutions early and want to really show love to their bodies. Do you love your body? The best way to do so is to take action to show it whether that means being conscious of your food, alcoholic beverages, cutting back or eliminating sugar. You are in the driver’s seat.
Here are five quick tips in cutting back on sugar to take with you to your holiday events, including New Year’s.
1.) “Maybe in 20 minutes” – Some people take things one day at a time – sugar addicts might need to take things one minute at a time. Temptation can easily be resisted when you put it off for 20 minutes. This is especially helpful after eating a meal when your blood sugar needs a chance to rise to normal levels. In 20 minutes you probably won’t be hungry or feeling ravenous for treats. It turns out, certain religious circles talk about waiting 20 minutes for all of life’s temptations that are not for our best interests.
2.) Have your real-food treats waiting for you at home – It is so much easier to decline sweets and drinks at parties when you’ve got decadent real-food desserts waiting for you. I look forwarding to eating homemade coconut milk ice cream with maple and these no-back chocolate patties. Instead of packaged hot cocoa packets, make your own with cocoa powder, non-dairy powder and some maple syrup. Think of all the sugar that won’t be damaging your body as a result. Who knows – you might be one of the few people not to succumb to colds and flus this year.
3.) Imagery hack – use “Aikido” on imagery and make it work for you instead of against you – Advertising execs know that the real way to communicate you out of your money is to use imagery – powerful imagery. A mom slaving away to make pink frosted cupcakes for her daughter’s birthday party, for instance. Think of how they hijack your emotions – well, you’re not buying it anymore. They aren’t trying to benefit you – they are dealers! This is precisely why the food industries do not want the FDA to force nutrition labels to bear the amount of teaspoons of sugar. Teaspoons speak much louder than grams. Know that 4 grams of sugar equals one teaspoon. One small palm-full of peanut M&Ms equals 25 grams of sugar!
This is 42 grams of sugar – or 10 1/2 teaspoons of the white stuff:
4.) May the farce be with you – Use humor as a powerful force to accept yourself and lighten the mood. Shame should never be a part of the food equation. You might view desserts in such an absurd way that they soon lose their power to ruin your day. Maybe when you are offered a dessert, Kanye West will interrupt and stop you. What if Scarface was really snorting powdered sugar this whole time? At least comedy talk show host John Oliver thought so. Another thing Oliver did was use information plus humor to show the sugar and Big Food industries for what they are – dealers with a desperate quota requirement. Laugh in their faces and don’t be consumed in their bottom line.
5.) Stop viewing sugar as a reward – Again, sugary treats don’t benefit you in anyway but if you want to partake for the holidays, the choice is yours. However, sugar shouldn’t have the benefit of being viewed as a reward for “good behavior” – that attitude is contradictory to your body and gives decadent desserts too much power. Stressed spelled backwards is “desserts” but that doesn’t mean they are a remedy for stress – that kind of association is similar to the person who needs to drink alcohol to unwind. In the end it makes things worse. Sugar shouldn’t be the chosen form of stimulation for holiday gatherings. Think about the real reward – that you are in good health with high energy levels to give your loved ones your full attention and love.
Whatever you do, don’t feel guilty. Every day, you always do one thing – your best! You will want to look back on the holidays with peace, contentment and sweet memories – without ill will or sugar hangovers.
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