Do you ever say to yourself, “Yeah, that’s just how I am, things will never change.”?
Do you want to get healthier, but don’t know where to start?
Are you addicted to sweets, yet every time you start a new “diet” you end up failing because you just can’t keep your hands off the Oreo cookies?? DON’T go grab them right now! 😉
What if there was a way to break your sweet and/or sugar addiction, and quit the late night cravings?
Think it’s too good to be true?
Let’s start with just one thing for now. Pick a couple of the sweet vegetables below, and eat them with some lean meat about the size and thickness of the palm of your hand, and maybe a beautiful salad with an oil based dressing, then we’ll talk about another habit you can try to add in later on. Do you think it will help you stick to it better? I am going to encourage you to give it a try. Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it! 😉
So, let’s start adding some sweet vegetables to your plate!
What are sweet vegetables you ask? I’m sure you thought of carrots, or even sweet potatoes, right? But what else??
We are wanting to crowd out that sugar-sweet craving, so here’s a great starter list to set you up for success:
- butternut squash
- acorn squash
- kabocha squash
- sweet potatoes
Now another cool thing here is, these are root vegetables, which means they are going to have a grounding effect on you due to the energy of the food! Root vegetables actually help improve our intestines and digestive ability because they are private organisms. Think about that for a second. Yes, food energetics is a real thing. “You are what you eat” has a whole new meaning when you look at food, how it grows, or how it lives and thrives in nature.
All of these vegetables above are sweet when they’re cooked. So your taste buds send a signal to your brain that say “heyyyy, we’re getting something sweet, and it’s delicious!!” Which then boosts the level of serotonin in the brain, and your body gets super happy. Imagine eating something healthy, sweet, and then feeling great! What will that do for you? Will you WANT to continue doing it?
So what is your favorite off this list above?
What have you tried before?
Which are you going to try this week?
Don’t overwhelm yourself, or buy too much, because produce usually goes bad pretty quickly, because it is a living, thriving organism that helps YOU thrive in life!
Now, let’s talk about this late night cravings stuff.
It can get pretty bad if our stress level is raised, or we have something going on that is so overwhelming, so we seek food for comfort, and usually that means junk food.
Believe me, I’ve been there!
I want you to try one more practice when you start having a craving at any point in the day, not just at night. I know, I know. I told you we’re only going to change one thing this week, but I think you’ll like this.
Set your alarm on your phone right now for a time of day that you want to schedule yourself for this little practice I’m going to teach you.
I want just 8 minutes, yes, that’s 8 minutes of your WHOLE day.
Can you dig it?
Now, when that alarm goes off later today, or tomorrow, whichever you planned it for, I want you to find a quiet space. Tell the kids you are going in your room for a mommy time-out if you have to! HA!
I want you to sit on the floor with your legs Indian style, or criss cross apple sauce, if that’s how you remember it. If it’s hard for you to sit like this, you can sit on your feet with your knees bent in front of your body.
Next, I want you to rest your hands gently, and comfortably on your bent knees.
Close your eyes.
Now breath in as you count to 5, hold it for 3 counts, then exhale fully, but slowly. Then repeat. You could even set an 8 minute timer, if you wanted, keep repeating til the timer goes off! And if you can’t commit to 8 minutes a day, do me a favor and start with 4. Just 4 minutes a day. You deserve at least that from your 1,440 minutes each and every day. Work up to longer as time and commitments allow.
Or, drink a nice glass of room temperature water before doing this deep breathing exercise, especially if your craving is super strong.
Take notice of the changes in your stress level, thoughts, and even listen as your body speaks to you after you’ve been doing this for a while.
Your cravings won’t go away over night. But I assure you, if you focus on crowding out the sweets from sugar, and add in the sweets from those sweet vegetables I shared with you, some good ole room temperature (or warm) H2O, and the deep breathing exercise I just taught you, you WILL notice a difference in a few days!
I would LOVE for you to leave a comment below and let me know which sweet vegetable you’re going to try this week, and then report back to me with how you enjoyed it, and also, what you felt like after taking that 8 minute breathing introduction to meditation for yourself!
I believe in you!!
Positive Vibes & High Fives!