The majority of people that don’t do the Whole 30 probably choose not to because of their addiction to sugar. The amount of times I have heard people say that they eat the wholesome food but just can’t kick the sugar addiction is now getting boring as it is pretty much every social media update.
Just like them I am also a sugar freak. As I write this I have just had some chocolate that Dominic got for his birthday. It was amazing and my favorite British chocolate that I have not had for about 2 years and yet including the binge last night as well I have gone through 1200 calories just on chocolate. That is more calories than I consume in 24 hours.
But usually I just have some dark chocolate and I am satisfied with that. But when it is there and its one of my favorites I just can’t resist.
I am also pleased to say that when I completed my Whole 30 I went a full 30 days without any sugar and another 7 days prior to this when I did the last week of my Gradual Paleo.
But you are probably wondering how I did it so here are my tips for success:
So if you need to have a sugar hit but you don’t want to break the Whole 30 then make yourself a fruit salad. Fruit is often really high in sugars and it can give you that quick sugar hit that you need.
You can make it more sugary too by making some adjustments. Try coconut milk mixed with some nutmeg over your fruit salad and it will give you all the sugars you need.
Eat fruit with your meals
If you are normally a big sugar eater then have some fruit as part of your meal. A small bowl of pineapple chunks, an apple or even marinade your pork in apples. It all helps so that you are still getting sugar all the time; it is just not in the format of chocolate.
Love my raisins
My turn to snack on the Whole 30 was raisins. They are a more natural source of sugar and they taste so good. I am allergic to nuts so with me following the Whole 30 without nuts I had a few raisins. I tried not to go overboard though as they can be very addictive. So go for small bags and limit yourself to a couple of bags a week.
Ask yourself it is sugar you are craving
This may seem obvious but sometimes our food signals can go wrong. Thanks to lots of processed foods, cake, doughnuts and crisps we often miss the triggers.
Most of the time I have an urge to snack, have a sugar craving and instead of eating some carrot sticks I end up with chocolate in my hand.
I also find that on days that I have done a lot of exercise and burned a lot of calories that I crave sugar. On these days if I have a high fat day it conquers these cravings. I can do this by having things such as roasted vegetables in coconut oil or a meal with coconut milk as the base for the sauce.
Cravings last less than 5 minutes
Did you know with cravings that after 5 minutes you’ve forgotten about them? When you have a craving, let five minutes pass and if you still have the craving have a piece of fruit such as an apple. Then if it persists go for something like a fruit salad.
But give your body chance first for the craving to go away before you dig in!