After the challenge, the sugar cravings were conquered and there was freedom around food…at first.
But over time, with temptations and a busy life, sugar crept in again. EVERYDAY.
Once sugar was back into my diet, the cravings returned.
It was time to start a food journal and pay attention to my food dialog.
The Food Devil’s Influence Over Sugar Choices
As mentioned in the challenge, we all have a food angel and food devil that tries and often does influence our food choices. The more we listen to this internal dialog the better we are at mastering it.
When you don’t listen you’re on autopilot. Then the food devil is quick to help you make bad decisions.
Food Devil: Delicious, cool, creamy ice cream. You can buy it at the store.
Breaking Free From a Bad Influence to Conquer Sugar
And then a breakthrough came. I paused as I thought about recording ice cream in my journal and asked, “what could I do instead that would help conquer sugar?”
Food Devil: But it’s hot and you’re hungry!
Food Angel: Do you want to feel happy or disappointed with your choice?
Food Angel: What if you make a quick green smoothie to fill yourself up before going shopping. Also, a large water bottle of iced tea. You love ice tea on a hot day.
- You hear the food angel best when you ask for and want to hear the advice.
- You need a plan of action that will create new habits for times of temptation. A new healthy auto-response to replace old unhealthy habits.
New Beginnings with Conquered Sugar Cravings
As was evident after the challenge, I still need to take it one day at a time to conquer sugar cravings for good. If I go long enough without sugar, it is easier. Plus, the quest gave me new tools to conquer my sugar addiction.
I have since changed the names of my internal dialog buddies to better represent their true characteristics.
When I really thought about what the food devil was up to, I realized mine already had a name and for some reason, he is male (sorry men!). His name is “Junk Food Junkie”.
The food angel is female. I call her “Healthy Hippie”.
These two are not only concerned with food choices but other aspects that affect health too.
Junk Food Junkie: Likes Sugar
Junk Food Junkie is impulsive, risky and lives in the moment. He comes up with quick responses to knock down any protest against his desires.
Future consequences are not his concern. He wants impulsive indulgences. And he doesn’t want you to think about it.
Junk Food Junkie likes to stay up late, sleep in, watch too many Youtube videos, and choose easy.
Healthy Hippie: Likes to Conquer Sugar Cravings
She loves all things healing and health.
Going to bed before 10 pm, green drinks or salads, encouraging others, these are her preferences. Tasty nutrient-dense meals that keep you full and feeling balanced are her food specialty.
Making the right choice is sometimes hard.
She reminds you that the right choices made many times in a row, eventually become the easy ones.
If you end up making bad choices and don’t ask for her advice, that’s okay too. She encourages you to start again. Every minute is a chance to start over.
Let’s Wrap it Up and Conquer Sugar for Good
The definition of fun can be full of false beliefs. The most fun and life-giving choices, in the long run, are healthy ones. The food devil would have you believe otherwise.
It is by listening to the food devil and embracing its desires, that your food angel and you can come up with different ways to ‘have fun’.
- You can satisfy your wants and have a good time without ruining your health.
May the food angel and food devil be with you!
Weight loss is a side effect of healthy living which makes healthy ways – shapely ways.
Thank you for being here and chatting with me about all things health. Health journeys are made more fun when shared, so be sure to leave a comment below. ❤️