In my last article, I talked about ways to say “No, thank you” to the seasonal sugar-pushers. The question now is how do we keep you wanting to say “No, thank you?” Here are four ways to keep your motivation high with a Rockettes-style kickline of sugar-plums all around you:
Eat breakfast every day.
I confess, I generally wait until somewhere between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to eat, but I work from home, where nobody is waving cookies under my nose. If you’re out in the Wonderful World of Sugar, there are few defenses as effective as a full stomach and stable blood sugar.
So, eat breakfast! You don’t have to eat bacon and eggs, of course. There’s no reason you can’t have a couple of hamburger patties, last night’s leftovers, or anything else that appeals to you in the moment. Just make sure you have a full stomach before braving the world.
Time is always a factor. If you can’t face solid food, or if you have to rocket out of the house in the morning, try this:
Power Pack Mocha
If you haven’t tried butter and oil in your coffee, you may be wrinkling your nose. Don’t! It’s not greasy; it’s creamy, I promise. If you set up your coffee to brew on a timer and assemble everything else in the blender before you go to bed, this will take you all of a minute to throw together. It also works for single-cup machines like the Keurig. Not only will it keep you full, but it’ll also give you a long-playing energy high. All this, and it also appeases your jonesing for chocolate! (click image to view recipe)
Take stock of how far you’ve come already.
Choose a time to reflect each day on the many benefits that have flowed from the single, simple decision to stop poisoning yourself. Whether you do it in the shower, on your commute, or when you’re out for a walk, take a daily inventory. Sure, your blood sugar readings and weight loss are great. But that’s just the beginning! Are you happier? Clearer-headed? More energetic?
Have there been unexpected improvements in your health?
- Is your blood pressure down?
- Joints more supple?
- Skin clearer?
- Heartburn gone?
- Sleeping better?
It’s astonishing the number of health problems that clear up just by changing what you eat.
Are you no longer ravenous all the time? This was a shocker for me. I was used to being hungry around the clock. It is such a gift to simply feel sane about food.
Choose a time of day, and make a practice of counting your low-carb blessings.
What low-carb foods have you long denied yourself because they happened to be high in fat? Brie? Lobster with butter? Rib eye steak with bearnaise? Buy them. Eat them. Enjoy them with zero guilt.
Look for non-food ways to reward yourself, too. How about a weekly mani-pedi? A 15-minute chair massage while you’re out running errands? Spend an hour in the bathtub with a trashy novel.
And while I know you’re shrinking rapidly, I recommend treating yourself to at least one new item of clothing you love every time you drop a size. This does not have to be expensive, says the girl dressed from head-to-toe in thrift shop finds. Start making dressing your body something to look forward to, rather than something to dread.
There is so much more to this season than sugar!
If you’re a churchgoer, surely your church has communal activities you can join in. Get some friends and family together to watch your favorite holiday movies – How about A Muppet Christmas Carol, plus the original cartoon version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas?
- Get a group together and go caroling at local nursing homes.
- Take a drive to see the lights.
- Build a snow man.
- Help the kids make homemade presents for your relatives. I made a felt bookmark for my Great Aunt Grace when I was 3 years old. It was still in her Bible the day she died at age 88.
You could also try your hand at making a dessert and a snack or two from The Low-Carb Diabetes Solution Cookbook, written just for HEAL Clinics. These recipes are guaranteed to please without having to strap yourself into the blood-sugar roller coaster!