“Want fries with that?” Walk into a Subway, McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, diner, deli, or cafeteria for lunch and you’re bound to be presented with the same choices: a sandwich, fries (or chips), and a soda. Some variation of this is what millions of Americans consider a normal midday meal. It’s so commonplace, most food establishments even bundle them all together and serve by numbers. So when you go through the drive-thru, all you to do is say, “A number three with a large coke.”
It’s normal, right? Sadly, it is. It’s so normal, in fact, that we’re not just eating it on the go, but it’s how we’re feeding ourselves at home and in our schools. Now, with a third of the population clinically obese, obesity is normal, too. Coincidence? Hardly. In fact, once you step back and look at this typical meal that is perfectly acceptable everywhere you go through Sugar Savvy Eyes, you’ll see that it’s this kind of everyday eating that leads you straight down the path to food addiction and obesity.
CAN’T EAT JUST ONE
I’m talking to you not just as a former addict myself, but as someone who has seen the extreme consequences of food addictions first hand for more than 30 years!
I’ve counseled not just women and young girls, but men and whole families, young and old, who can’t make themselves stop eating until the whole bag of chips, the entire liter of soda, and/or the whole carton of ice cream is gone. They beat themselves up. Society makes them feel like failures for being fat. They swear they’ll do better next time. And before you know it, they’re cracking open a soda and tearing onto a bag of M&Ms. They can’t stop themselves because they’re addicted. It’s simple brain chemistry. Is it a wonder that the incidence of type 2 diabetes has doubled over the past 30 years?
Remember that the problem is in your brain chemistry. So in order to experience lasting change, you need to rewire your brain to change what you want. That’s why the Sugar Savvy solution is about much more than what you eat or drink.
BE A SUGAR SAVVY STAR
Over the decades I have discovered there are five essential points that help people change how they want to eat—to create their own new, healthy normal. These points are the underpinning of my Energy Up! program, where schools hang them on the walls reminding students how to best care for themselves—body, mind, and soul!
Consider each of these as points that create a bright, brilliant, high-energy, Fit, Fabulous, and Fierce star—YOU!
Remember, there is a huge difference between “I’m not allowed to have that” and “I don’t want that.” I want you to be able to say with your heart and soul, “I eat whatever I want” because you have permanently changed what you want! The following five points need to become an ingrained, nonnegotiable part of your daily life in order for you to do that.
These five points appear throughout my book and in fact form the very foundation of the six-week Sugar Savvy plan. It may surprise you to learn that only two of these essential points have anything to do with what you put in your mouth! The others are about how you use your body, and, maybe most importantly, what goes on inside your head! They are (in no particular order because they’re all equally important and you cannot be a shining star without all five):
• Get hydrated. Water is the ultimate get-healthy-and-lose-weight weapon! Sodas and juices and sport drinks do not count! You’ll be replacing them with eight glasses of water a day.
• Eat Sugar-Savvy approved. Food is fuel. The shocking truth is that most malnourished people in this country are obese because they’re wrecking their metabolism with sugar and taking in next to no nutrition. Eating the right Sugar-Savvy foods will get your nutrition up and weight down.
• Move your body. Run, bike, walk, dance, swim … just get moving! The more you do, the more you can do and the faster the pounds will melt off. What’s more, regular physical activity triggers the same feel-good brain chemicals as sugar bingeing—and is clearly better for you!
• Announce your affirmations loudly and proudly! An affirmation is a positive statement that you repeat to yourself throughout the day. You are what you think! So feed your brain positive thoughts to change what you want.
• Be kind and assume an attitude of gratitude and forgiveness. When you do something kind for someone else, you are really doing something kind for yourself. There will always be those who have more stuff than you do. But when you are grateful for what you have you have all you need so you won’t need to eat to feel good. And don’t forget, forgiveness is the new “F” word!
Some of these points will be easy for you. Others may present more of a challenge. They are all essential for a complete lifestyle change, which the Sugar Savvy solution will help you jump-start. Sugar Savvy Sister Cheryl Lee, who ultimately lost 30 pounds, put it best:
“If you do it correctly, this is a complete personal transformation on every level. It’s changed my whole life! Not just my sugar and eating habits, but everything. It has taught me how to be the best Cheryl I can be on an emotional, spiritual, and physical level. It’s never too late to change!”
Amen Cheryl! I could have not said it any better myself!
High Voltage (aka Kathie Dolgin) is a health and wellness pioneer and the author of Sugar Savvy Solution. Sugar Savvy Solution is a six-week meal plan with over 40 recipes and nine formulas to kick your sugar habit and get your energy up and weight down. For more information, visit sugarsavvy.com.