Today I was going to write about how I advise detoxing slowly and how changing your diet one step at a time is the healthiest way to detox. I was going to spend the last week gradually reducing the amount of junk I’d been eating and slowly increasing the amount of healthy food I’ve eaten. Then I was going to tell you how this had made it so much easier for me to begin my more strict diet today. However, this is what actually happened…
Why easing into a diet slowly doesn’t work for me
I had one day at the start of the week where I didn’t eat anything too unhealthy, then I had my best friend to stay for the weekend. We went out for meals, she kindly looked after my children while I caught up on sleep and we enjoyed a rare UK heat wave. I enjoyed not preparing meals and we had loads of ‘treats’. I knew my diet was staring next week so I wanted to enjoy a final blowout before the hard work of transitioning to a healthy diet began. My friend was able to easily ration herself to one ‘treat’ at a time where as I have to eat the whole packet and then start on the second and third packet. Why is this?
Is it lack of willpower or a serious sugar addiction?
I actually don’t think it’s a lack of willpower. I managed to have enough willpower to stick to a 100% raw food diet for 6 solid months and didn’t have a single bit of anything cooked or unhealthy during this time. So I know I’ve got enough willpower to do something once I set my mind to it. So I blame a sugar addiction.
And by sugar I mean refined sugar. I think the sugar consumed in whole fruits doesn’t lead to such addictions and is exactly what the body needs for good health.
Supposedly refined sugar is more addictive than cocaine. When rats were given a choice of water, sugar or cocaine, most of the rats chose sugar, and even the rats that were previously addicted to cocaine chose sugar.
All or nothing dieting
I am definitely an all or nothing kind of dieter when it comes to sugar. I only have to have one little taste of refined sugar and I can’t stop shovelling down anything sweet in sight. However when I go a while without any refined sugar in my diet I totally stop craving it and stop even seeing packaged foods as food. I see them more as drugs. As most processed foods contain sugar, for me to give it up means making almost everything from scratch.
So this is what I’m doing from now on. I’m not going on a calorie restriction diet, but I am going on a refined sugar free diet eating almost all foods from scratch. This is the best way I’ve found to reach my ideal weight, reduce health problems and have amazing amounts of energy.
Am I a perfectionist?
I don’t think so no. I can achieve a work life balance and I totally agree that it’s better to have occasional treats if you think it’s important when it comes to socialising and leading a more balanced life. Unfortunately I just can’t manage to have any unhealthy treats in my diet without going overboard with them. And that’s fine by me as it means I am healthier as a result. Some people call this binging and having disordered eating but I just think some people are more sensitive to the food they eat than others and I’m one of them. I’m not the only one. Plenty of my friends tell me they are unable to cut sugar out of their diet and therefore can’t seem to get the willpower to lose weight. I think we underestimate the powerful effect sugar actually has on a lot of us.
Some people I know are able to just have one ‘treat’ a day and feel fine, and others have to completely avoid processed treats. What type of healthy eater are you? Are you an all or nothing dieter?
I’m looking forward to showing you my healthy meals very soon so make sure you subscribe to stay up to date with my progress.
For more tips on overcoming food addiction, read this great post by Carrie from Carrie On Vegan.