How To Break Free From Your Relationship With Sugar: Molly Carmel’S Guide To Nutrition And Abstinence
If you’ve ever found yourself reaching for that one cookie, and then the entire box of cookies, or if your loved ones know about your secret sugar habit and you want to do something about it, Breaking Up With Sugar by Molly Carmel is the lifeline you need.
Molly Carmel has been in your shoes; she’s battled food addiction and compulsive eating all her life which lead to her tipping the scales at 325 pounds before she quit sugar for good.
In her book she offers up an effective set of skills to practice abstinence in a sugary world, so that those with a problem with sugar can have a new relationship with food and enjoy life without worry.
Breaking Up With Sugar gives its readers insight as to why rats become so addicted to sugar, how flour is just as bad as sugar and how many days it will take to reset one’s relationship with food and eating.
Ultimately, this book helps those who know they have a problem with sugar appreciate its power and learn how to break free from it.
The Hard Truth Of Sugar Addiction: Facing The Facts Is The First Step Towards Recovery
Many of us don’t know it, but we might already be addicted to sugar – and this can have far-reaching effects on our health.
In the book Breaking Up With Sugar, the author shares her story of how she began a problematic relationship with sugar at a young age and continued it for much of her life.
As she began to rely on sugar for emotional support more and more, her weight increased, eventually leading her to be the youngest person ever at Weight Watchers.
The key insight from the book is that this kind of addiction is often caused by emotional factors or by years of ingrained habits.
The author was instantly able to identify with medical discussions about sugar addiction when she first heard them.
Her solution was to completely stop eating refined sugars and flour – something which isn’t easy, but which could change your life for the better.
The truth is that not only are we miserable when our relationships with sugar aren’t healthy – they can also kill us.
Sugars and grain flours both cause an influx of dopamine in our brains, leading us to crave even more in a vicious cycle that can be hard break out of – just like drugs like cocaine or opiates would do.
If you think you may be a sugar addict without realizing it, seek help right away – because facing the truth is only step one towards getting better!
Understanding Your Relationship With Sugar: Take An Honest Look To Unlock Lasting Change
If you’re trying to break up with sugar, the first step is taking a good hard look at your relationship with it.
You need to understand what your eating habits are and why they are causing problems for you.
To do this, you should take the time to honestly examine your history with food – all the diets, quick fixes and doctor visits that have made in attempts to get your weight and relationship with food under control.
You’ll be surprised by what you uncover when you really dig deep.
The key message here is: Take a moment to truly investigate your eating behaviors and it will paint an accurate picture of where things stand between you and sugar!
In order for this self-reflection to yield useful results, consider taking the Yale Food Addiction Scale quiz as suggested by author Brooke Alpert in her book Breaking Up With Sugar.
This quiz asks questions like whether or not you easily lose control around food and how often emotional reactions come into play while eating those sweet treats.
Answering these questions can be eye-opening since addicts instinctively protect their substances!
Once you assess where things stand, face the truth however painful it might be of your current situation head on and honour any guilt or shame associated with it.
Then work on implementing measures that eventually lead towards positive change.
Don’t let your inner voice convince yourself that such transformation isn’t possible – broaden your horizons and open yourself up to the thought of turning things around for the better!
Seven Vows To Break The Cycle Of Sugar Addiction And Reestablish A Healthy Relationship With Food
Before you can start your journey to establish a healthier relationship with food, you must first lay down some ground rules.
Taking the initiative and committing yourself to seven simple vows is a great way to set self-imposed boundaries in the new relationship between you and food.
And, it only takes 66 days for these boundaries to become habits!
Your first vow should be to open your mind – this means having an open outlook on food and keeping positive about yourself.
Ignoring your personal insults like “I’m a failure” or “I can’t lose weight” won’t get you anywhere.
Your second vow should be sugar-free: no sugar whatsoever!
Besides from really knowing what ingredients have sugar in them, also look out for its aliases such as artificial sweeteners and sugary drinks.
Vow number three is grain flour-free.
Try avoiding white breads, pastas, etc because your body tend to react similarly as sugar sometimes when consuming grain flour.
66 Days To Change Your Relationship With Food: A Step-By-Step Guide
Breaking Up With Sugar, written by Dara Dubinet, is all about transforming your relationship with food and eating.
In this book, she explains how you can break free from the shackles of sugar and flour in just 66 days and build a healthier foundation for your future dietary choices.
This 66-day reset plan is different from most diet plans because it doesn’t require you to commit to a lifetime of deprivation.
Instead of eliminating sugar or flour completely, you simply have to cut back on these items for the duration of this reset plan.
You’ll be eating three meals and a snack per day, made up of five main food groups: protein, carbohydrates, fat, fruit and vegetables.
As long as sugar or flour don’t appear until the fifth ingredient or later in an item’s list of ingredients, then you’re encouraged to eat it!
In addition to this specific eating plan, there are other guidelines that will help you create a new relationship to food during your reset period such as portion control – measure out your meals accurately instead of simply guesswork – and avoiding certain snacks after dinner.
The ultimate goal here is that IF we can make it through these 66 days then our relationship with food will be changed forever as a result!
End The Toxic Relationship With Sugar And Create A Support System For Lasting Change
Breaking up with sugar is an important step if you want to create a healthier relationship with food.
Ending the relationship with sugar makes room for a more sustainable, better version of yourself that can focus on establishing healthy habits for the long-term.
It’s important to recognize that breaking up with sugar can involve some big emotions such as regret and fear.
Don’t be afraid to go through those emotions – it’s perfectly normal.
The five stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance – are part of this process too and they should all be acknowledged and accepted in order to make progress in your new journey.
Once you have decided to quit sugar, also prepare yourself for the physical side effects that may come as a result of quitting any addictive substance.
These side effects can include jitters, sleeplessness, anxiety, or headaches.
Again these reactions are normal but have faith that they will pass eventually.
Going back to sugar will only prolong this detox period so focus on keeping strong and powering through any withdrawal symptoms.
Taking The First Step To Resetting Your Relationship With Food And Having Faith In Yourself
After your 66-day reset, it’s important to remember to solidify the new habits you’ve implemented.
This means having faith in yourself that you’re strong enough to keep going, and remind yourself of what is truly important in life.
You should also ask yourself how you want to feel in your new life, and how you want to move forward with food.
It’s also important to forgive yourself when there are slip-ups along the way.
If you make a mistake or crave something sugary, take some deep breaths and practice self-compassion before returning to your 66-day plan.
By allowing some flexibility and humbleness in your relationship with food, this will help build lasting change rather than trying to conform to outside rules.
You can use this opportunity as a chance for a brand new start – one where you’re no longer bound by unhealthy eating patterns and dieting trauma.
Start taking small steps each day, and have faith that eventually those steps will turn into larger strides towards lasting recovery!
Molly Carmel’s book on Breaking Up With Sugar provides a view into our toxic relationship with food and sugar.
Through her approach, readers learn how to break the painful cycle of overeating and yo-yo dieting, and reset their relationship with food and eating for good.
If cravings hit while you’re faced with tempting foods, there are actions you can take to reset your resolve.
To help fight off an urge to consume sweets or other unhealthy foods, try excusing yourself to go to the restroom- splash some cold water on your face and wash your hands.
This will help you get back on track and feel in control.
By following her advice, readers of Breaking up With Sugar learn that they’re in charge of their relationship with food- making healthier choices will benefit them long term.
It’s the perfect way to end a negative cycle once and for all.