A whole bag of cookies later I looked down and thought: binging on sugar HAS to stop. But I’ve said that a million times before……
cue guilt and total frustration
The problem is, if I’m not paying attention to how I’m feeling, binging on sugar will ALWAYS be the go-to solution I use to deal with my stress (no matter how many times I try to stop myself from doing it).
And I know I’m not alone.
The most common question I get from young women is, how the heck do you stop binging on sugar?
BINGING ON SUGAR IS SO FRUSTRATING
Binging on sugar is one of those habits that if you try to avoid it, it comes back at you with a vengeance. This ABSOLUTELY happened to me. You can be doing well for a few days or even weeks, and then BOOM, you’re diving head-first into a mountainous ice cream sundae or a whole bag of cookies.
So, you try to stop…. again, but of course, it never seems to work.
I remember I always ended up with a spoon in hand diving head first into a carton of ice cream.
Immediately after I stopped I’d think, “I’m not going to let myself do this again. I’m not going to eat cookies, or ice cream, or chocolate ever again. I’m just going to eat healthy from now on.”
And then inevitably, (even the next day sometimes) I’d be sucked back into binging on sugar and going through the frustrations all over again.
That’s why you have to BREAK the cycle if you want permanent, real change.
It feels like no matter what you do, you always end where you started…
I remember I could eat chocolate and peanut butter and cookies and ice cream all in a sugar binge… like there was absolutely no on/off switch.
It was mentally exhausting, and a lot of times I would cry in guilt, embarrassment, or because I was so ashamed of my lack of “control” around sugar. I mean, I should know better if I’m so passionate about being healthy, right?
The binging cycle is vicious, which is why the #1 most important way of breaking the cycle is to stop restricting yourself.
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Why I was binging on sugar in the first place…
Honestly, the reasons are pretty varied. Sometimes it’s because I’m so stressed out of my mind with work that I need a mental vacation from what I’m doing…. and a lot of the times it’s because I’m bored and lonely at night before going to bed.
But either way, somehow I’m feeling restricted.
So, what’s “restriction”? Restriction in the dictionary means the limitation or control of someone or something. So if you’re being CONTROLLED by sugar, then it’s time you made some new changes.
I was binging on sugar because I was restricting my food, my life, and my time. I felt…
- Restricted by my work because I have to get it all done.
- Restricted by my lack of a social life at times because I prefer staying home.
- Restricted by my “food rules” that made me give up all sugar…. which led to binging.
Restricting your food isn’t working… and in return, that restriction is allowing sugar to control you. So, we have to break the cycle of restriction if we want to stop binging on sugar.
SO HOW DO YOU BREAK THE CYCLE?
Honestly, the answer has nothing to do with sugar.
Yup, you heard me. The solution to stop binging on sugar has nothing to do with sugar.
Clearly, avoiding sugar doesn’t work. You’ve tried. It’s just not realistic to avoid sugar. You can’t keep demonizing something you know is going to be part of your life. I mean, really… sugar is EVERYWHERE.
- In your home when you’re eating your mom’s homemade cookies.
- At family birthday parties on the dessert table.
- Snuck into the healthy granola bar you picked up from Whole Foods.
We can’t go through our lives thinking we’re going to avoid all sugar all the time and be HAPPY. We have to start looking at WHY we can’t control ourselves around sugar….
The thing is, I’m not just talking about restricting your food when I say “restriction”. I’m talking about stop restricting your LIFE. The key is to stop binging on sugar is to stop living the way you “should” and start living the way that feels right to YOU.
So how the heck do you actually do that?
Well, you start by addressing the REAL reasons you binge on sugar. That’s why these 3 epic ways I’m sharing below work. Because they fix the reason WHY we binge in the first place.
3 EPIC WAYS TO STOP BINGING ON SUGAR
1. Manage your stress before it happens.
Stress is the BIGGEST reason why I was binging on sugar. If I was having a bad day, you bet that later that night I was digging into some Oreos (okay, like half a package), a ginormous ice cream sundae, or whatever sweets we had in the house after dinner.
That’s why I had to get in front of the things that I knew were going to stress me out.
I had to stop allowing my life to be restricted by stressful situations — and while you can’t avoid all stress, there is a lot that you can do to put stress in your control. Like…
- Get your work done on time – and don’t wait for the last minute so it can totally stress you out.
- Go grocery shopping and prep some healthy meals on the weekend so you don’t have to scramble around weekday nights.
- Go to sleep at a decent hour 🙂 so you have the mental energy to get through the next day.
- Leave with plenty of time to get through commuter traffic, so you’re not rushing to where you have to be.
- Knock off things on your to-do list, so you can stop starting a million things without finishing anything.
These seem super insignificant, but trust me…THEY WORK. It’s about doing lots of simple things that make your day a TON easier. Was Rome built in a day? Of course not, which is why you have to be patient with yourself and do the easier, smaller things that put your environment in YOUR favor 🙂
2. Beat boredom and schedule some fun.
We eat sugar because it’s delicious, it’s fun, and it’s a LOT better than just sitting there with nothing to do 😉 Moral of the story: find more things that you enjoy so you don’t have to constantly rely on eating sugar for entertainment.
- Suggest going out with some co-workers at the trendy new bar or coffee shop.
- Schedule a date with a friend to see that movie you’ve been dying to see.
- Meet a friend for a zumba or yoga class on Thursday nights so you have something to spice things up.
- Find a massage deal on Groupon and treat yourself after work/class.
- Try a new healthy recipe and cook a healthy gourmet meal with your boyfriend/girlfriend.
- Go for a day trip and try hiking that trail you heard about on your friend’s Instagram post.
- Just do something you enjoy 🙂
This was probably one of the hardest for me because I am a home-body, a bit of an introvert, and I like being quiet and peaceful. But when I finally stepped out of my comfort zone and broke free from my routine of binging on sugar at night by spending more time doing fun things, I finally broke the binging cycle.
So, if you want to stop binging on sugar, find ways to get out of the house and remove yourself from temptation. ENJOY the sweet life out there, so you’re not stuck binging on sweets at home alone.
3. Chase your dreams and fulfill your happiness.
I was binging on sugar because I wanted the sugar high – I wanted to feel better and be happy. But guess what – that sugar high doesn’t last very long! True fulfillment comes from chasing your dreams, which means you need to do something that lights you up inside and gets you excited.
- Find some new role models that you can look up to… not for their bodies, but for their careers, passions, and service to others.
- Break out of your comfort zone and try activities that push your limits – like a dance class, hiking, sculpting, meditation, yoga, cooking, interior decorating, you name it!
- Find a community of like-minded people you love being around.. and spend less time with people that bring you down. For me, joining a yoga studio and going out for dinner with my best friend more often made a huge difference!
- Start journaling, reading books, listening to podcasts, and watching documentaries to get some new perspective on life! Just remember to make your own assumptions about everything you learn, because you never know what’s truly unbiased. I enjoy listening to The Model Health Show if you’re interested in starting somewhere!
I found out that my passion was doing this! Writing about how I changed my life by changing my approach to eating healthy and actually healing my relationship with food. But I also love yoga, hiking, and cooking with my mom to name a few others.
TAKEAWAY: Push yourself to do what makes YOU happy if you want to stop binging on sugar.
When you take control of your life, and put things in YOUR control instead of allowing sugar to control you… you’ll see that you no longer need to binge on sugar in the same way you used to 🙂
It won’t be a perfect road, but if you try to solve your sugar binging by focusing all of your attention on food and nutrition ——- that won’t ever solve the REAL problem. Trust me, you have to do things that BREAK the binge eating cycle, like the 3 breakthrough tips I mentioned above.
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I hope this helps you move further in your journey to food freedom and true happiness – now go give at least one of these tips a really good try and watch the mindset magic happen!