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BGG2WL on Video: Ask Erika: How Do I Stop My Spiral of Sugary Sabotage?

by Erika Nicole Kendall

I’m still taking your questions and answering them on YouTube, y’all! Listen to what I told “J,” who shared her sugary struggles with me here:

I have a question for you. Or a series of question. I have sometimes this “I surrender all” attitude when it comes to slipping up. I know I shouldn’t have any sugar at all. I’m a serious addict. I will go for months at a time and then slip up in a little way and then my attitude is just “hands in the air, again, I surrender all.” How do I talk some sense into these moments? I struggle a lot when people look to me for too much advice. People will ask me questions on what they should or shouldn’t eat, how they should or shouldn’t work out. I point them to other websites and continue to tell these folks that I’m not a nutritionist or a trainer…but for some reason hearing those questions makes me feel like i’m a fraud and then it puts me into a weird sabotage spiral as well. Is that weird? I think I asked at least one question…how do I stop my slippery slope sabotage surrender?

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If you can’t see the video, you can check out on YouTube here.

What do you think? Have you experienced the same?

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3 comments

Ashleigh B March 9, 2013 - 3:54 PM

This wasn’t my question but I loved the answer. Really enjoying the videos Erika!
The addiction is real. When you said that there are only a few people who can have a few bites of something sugary and then move on, I realized that my own frustration is about not being that person. Since I can’t eat a little and keep it moving, then fine, I’ll eat a whole lot and then at least I feel good. Until the crash…and then it starts all over again. It horrifies me to know I can’t eat fast food again. Or junk food. So instead of discovering what I can eat and learning new ways to do it, I find it easier to say “Clean eating is for the birds.”
Accepting limitations is a struggle indeed.

Oh…and funny note. When you said “I’m drinking water” why did I look at my glass, realized it was empty, and got up to get some more. #welltrained

Erika Nicole Kendall March 10, 2013 - 5:01 PM

Yes! #welltrained

Tatiana March 10, 2013 - 2:27 PM

I used to be addicted to sugar… about 5 years ago I became really sick and had to get a spinal tap just to make sure it wasn’t mono (it wasn’t). I don’t know if you’ve ever had a spinal tap before, but let me tell you, the two weeks following the spinal tap are horrible – constant headaches (the fluid has to build back up!), literally can’t even get up from a laying down position without help because you’re body is so unbalanced due to the lack of fluid in your brain. So anyway a bunch of my friends came to visit me to watch movies and cheer me up – and they ALL brought my favorite candies. I mean BAGS of candy. And I ate them all (but I did share of course lol I’m not greedy).

I think this was the breaking point for me with sugar. When I went for the follow-up with my doctor after the two weeks, my blood sugar was through the ROOF and I felt physically terrible. I told the doctor about all the candy and he seemed relieved because it meant that I probably wasn’t in danger of diabetes, since it was just a recent binge – but he told me I had to lay off the sugar for a while to let my body regain balance, and then to come get another blood test in a month. That next blood test was normal, but that was a scary reality that I COULD have developed diabetes from all that sugar I ate.

Nowadays I still eat sugar a few times a week, but every time I eat just a *little* too much I get this tingly feeling under my skin, like my blood is running thick with the sugar and I feel bloated. I get the same feeling with soda (I have spent the last 5 years rarely ever touching soda). I really don’t like that feeling, so I’ve learned to limit my intake by EXPECTING that nauseating, bloated, tingly feeling under my skin.

Replacing organic carob for chocolate has also helped curb my craving for chocolate in particular. 🙂 I like to mix my own granola/trail mix blend at WholeFoods and I add carob pieces to it instead of the candy-coated chocolate that is in pre-packaged trail mixes. Though organic dark chocolate is not a bad thing in limited quantity 🙂 I reach for the granola mix when I get a sugar craving!

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