Easter’s over people! It’s time to cleanse from the toxin that prevents your cells working at their optimum – SUGAR. You’ve probably inhaled your fair share of Easter eggs last weekend, and enjoyed it, but did you know how addictive sugar is – science has now shown it to be 8 times more than cocaine!
Every time you reach for your favourite sweet to relieve ‘the crave’, you are doing a pretty good job of destroying important living cells in your body. Sugar prevents cellular renewal, regeneration and invigoration. Plus, not only does it build up rubbish throughout the liver and limit your stomach from working at its optimum, your brain function and memory are compromised. Gomez-Piniella, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine shares, “Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think, eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain’s ability to learn and remember information”.
This isn’t meant to trigger a guilt trip every time you find yourself in front of the fridge, but provide a little insight and daily practices that support better physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual well being. Sometimes we need a little eye opener first, and then we are more open to embrace the steps for choices that serve you.
Sound good? Are you ready to kick that habit?
Well, here are the action steps to break the cycle of sugar:
- Imagine the Benefits – What would your life look like with more memory & energy? Get clear on the benefits of clear and clean mind and body
- Feel & Heal – Now is your time to say ‘no’. Don’t wait for tomorrow morning. Get your reflex in the practice to say ‘no’ now. Every time you reach for the desire. Feel your body, feel where it is in your body that you are feeling hollow, empty, irritated, give your body the attention it needs, to process what keeps you reaching for the Tim Tam, in these moments of vulnerability.
- Reflect – Use the tool of reflection to see what triggers you have for reactions when reaching for food and cleanse those triggers from your life. They could be emotional states, people, environment or stress. Your environment is very much part of your inner world, so clean up the environment. What is in your fridge? What occasions are you saying yes to? Who is around you? What fears rise?
- Visualise – Addictions sit in the patterns of the body and minds feedback loops (neural to body pathways) and your body loves what it knows so changing those neural networks need repetition. Use the tool of visualisation within your meditation to speed up development of new synapsis. See yourself looking good, eating healthy balanced food, what does it feel like? What is your body doing? Who is with you? Give those synapsis a turbocharge using your mind to visualise.
- Meditate – meditation develops the ability to override old patterns of behaviour. It develops the neocortex, which is your higher brain functioning in turn, giving you the ability to intervene, you’re more embodied primal reactive states of compulsive behaviour. Studies have proven that meditation is a powerful tool that can be used to battle addiction. University of Washington researchers found that people who use a mindfulness approach for treatment were at lower risk for resuming drug and alcohol use. Yale University School of Medicine researchers found that smokers who had received mindfulness training were more likely to quit smoking, both in the short and for the long-term.
- Be Kind To You: Self-compassion, care and nurture is the best thing you can do whenever moving from compulsive behaviour. Compulsions of thought & behaviours are part of the human condition, so be kind, you are not alone. Awareness you are doing something that does not serve your optimum life experience, is where the beginning of modification to patterns that serve you becomes your power.
Have fun in the play.