I’m a nutritionist. I eat well as is evidenced by my blood work, and now I’m supposed to go and cut out everything I was raised on…..all of the things that, frankly, are my pleasure foods. I don’t eat a lot of sugar. I enjoy the odd cookie, but I don’t drink sugary drinks, and I don’t have a chocolate bar every day. However, I’m supposed to cut it all out, and it stresses me out! As comfort food goes, I did only indulge periodically. But now that it’s the forbidden fruit, my mind is feeling deprived and craving this stuff! Argh!!!!
Because I’m craving it, I tried making a “healthy fudge” made with coconut oil, palm sugar and cacao. It was terrible. I mean really yucky. I threw it away. And just as a side note, why is palm sugar better than white refined sugar? They’re both processed foods and the body processes all sugars the same. So, the fact that I threw it away was probably the best thing I could do for my body. As I write this, I’m enjoying a lovely avocado berry cacao smoothie sweetened with real fruit, which is a far better option for meeting my sweet tooth needs than that “healthy” fudge.
As you can tell, these dietary changes are frustrating and stressful. But what’s important to understand is that changing our eating habits is a choice. Even once we make this choice, we need to be patient and understand this is one that takes time. Don’t go into something like this expecting overnight success. You need to be patient with yourself, kind to yourself and get that you’re doing this to better your life. All good things take time. So what I have to keep reminding myself during this process is….slow and steady wins the race. I’m doing this to make my life better.
You can do the same! Remember, one day at a time. It’s your life. Your choice.