Reframe your relationship with sugar.

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Sugar can be a powerful and compelling force in our lives. It is often a metaphor for something else: the friend who is always there when we need. But when we submit to a craving, we use it as evidence that we’re weak-willed and needy, thus reinforcing the vicious cycle of addiction. As with all addiction, breaking free is a long and committed process. But that process always begins with a path of awareness. This tip is to help you better understand your relationship with sugar so that you can begin the process of breaking the habit. A sugar craving is often the body’s way of asking for something it needs. We are often so busy and disconnected from our body that we don’t take the time to listen to what it is really asking for. This simple exercise is help you tune in to your body. By committing to this process, you will be removing a layer of shame you may associate with eating sugar, and therefore you are less likely to binge-eat. Next time you experience a sugar craving, here are eight things you can do:

What You'll Need

  • A sugar based ‘treat’.

What You'll Do

  • Take the sugar in whatever format and hold it in your hands. Give yourself a few moments to notice the size of it, the texture. If it is wrapped, unwrap it, observe its colour and smell it.
  • Recognise and acknowledge the craving sensation. Where do you feel it in your body? What shape is it? Does it have a colour?
  • Say out loud. ‘Even though I have this sugar craving, I love and accept myself anyway.’
  • If sugar could talk to you, what would it be saying?
  • If you could talk to the sugar, what would you like to say in return?
  • Ask yourself, is there anything else in my life (eg. reaching out to loved ones, creating art, taking a walk) that benefits me in a similar way to sugar?
  • Take action and put substitutes in place.
  • If you choose to eat the sugar, thank yourself for taking this time, and create a mantra that will counterbalance any negative beliefs you may have about yourself as a result. For example: ‘I choose to eat this sugar and I believe I make good decisions for my body.’

Tips & Warnings

  • This exercise is a combination of techniques from mindfulness to coaching to EFT. If you are suffering from addiction, you may need to seek a professional practitioner to assist you.
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