how to not overindulge in sweets

November 25, 2018

How is it some of us crave sugar & sweets while others crave wine & beer or salty & crunchy? I often tell our clients at Energy Fitness in Memphis that having wine is like having little bowls of sugar and that sugar is known to be as addictive as cocaine.

As a child I recall I didn’t have much restriction on sugar and how much candy or Hawaiian punch I could consume. What I do remember is that my grandmother Nellene which is almost 94 years old as of this post had a vegetable garden and always fixed lots of healthy meals. She was mindful of portion control and also walked 2 miles a day.

As a personal training studio owner and nutrition coach and someone that monitors my food choices carefully you may be interested in suggested behavior modifications that may benefit you or at least be worth considering.

I recently came up with a realization about my craving/addiction to sugar.

In my own controlled environment in which I purchase my own food from the grocery store I keep the foods away that I would tend to overindulge on like sugar. I don’t rely on willpower to stay on my choice way of eating called a diet.

When I go my in-laws or friends of in-laws houses for holidays or special events I tend to go crazy and can easily have half a chocolate pie & two brownies in one sitting (not kidding). This is a really big deal as 95% of the time I am gluten and dairy free so this breaks 2 of my food rules and really a third rule gluttony. Yes I exercise on overindulgent days but it barely makes a dent on burning calories I have consumed. I’m talking forgo dinner in lieu of pie and truffles and consuming upwards of 800 calories in sugar & fat.

Here’s my realization:   If I’m out of my safe zone and personal environment, at in-laws or friends of in-laws AND the food is all you can eat without me having to reach for my wallet then I stuff my face with more sugar than I possibly need to satisfy the craving. So my urge to NOT waste money on sugar and the whole process of reaching in my purse for my wallet and checking out overrides my desire to have the sugar in the first place.  For those that know me I do like my occasional planned doughnut outings at Gibson’s which is all the more reason not to have unplanned events.

Why do I do this? Why do YOU do this? It’s an addiction! Awareness is the first step to mindfulness. As soon as you are finished do you have shame or guilt? Do you say while or after you are consuming that “I’ll work it off later” or I’ll do better tomorrow”?



  • If you are taking a dessert to a get-together take something you don’t personally.
  • Avoid going to the grocery store when hungry and stay away from specials. Be a mindful shopper.
  • If you do cave in and consume more than you intended at least go exercise or go for a walk.
  • If you did overindulge have some detox tea or warm lemon water.
  • Fruit is still sugar but still a better choice at parties than dessert and calorie laden options
  • If you Play then you must Pay is my motto…I immediately force myself to drink a mixture of L-glutamine and Chlorella (greens powder) which can help bring your body back to an alkaline environment. Sugar and meat are acidic. If you can’t stomach something that tastes like drinking fish tank water then try a capsule form for chlorella, spirulina or another green algae source.
  • Drink lots of water

So enough on the sugar I said wine and beer are some people’s addiction of choice and yes, it is an addiction just admit it albeit a different level for each person so here’s some thoughts of that subject.

When someone starts out drinking, he or she feels relaxed, confident, happy, sociable… The pleasurable effects of alcohol are undeniable. It makes it easy to forget about the negative effects: slowed reflexes, reduced coordination, warped thinking, poor judgement, impaired memory, impaired motor functions, and plenty more impairments.

These negative effects occur every single time one drinks, even a single beer. The more one drinks, the stronger these negative effects. (Those pleasurable effects will begin to fade quickly). Over time, the body becomes damaged from drinking… more damaged than you probably know.

It’s hard to stay healthy and have the energy to put forth the effort to look and feel your best when your body is trying to recover from overindulging from either sugar or alcohol.

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