There seems to be two views on sweets:

“I love a sweet treat now and then.”  OR  “I must have a sweet treat. Now!”

On which side do you fall?

Me?

Pretty much, “I love a sweet treat now and then.”

 

Recently, I found myself wanting a sweet treat after supper.  Then, after lunch.  And yes, it’s true, after breakfast.

And then, I’m being really real here, I found myself wanting sweets for supper, lunch, and breakfast.

Sweet treats were doing more than calling my name, they were downright accosting me at every corner.

They even went so far as to open a candy shop and an ice cream parlor on my walking path.

And when I went to church to volunteer, they put out Ghirardelli chocolates.

 

 

Have you ever tried the Dark Chocolate Squares with the Sea Salted Caramel?  Oh. My!

(I was not paid to say this…these chocolates are too delicious!!)

 

Did you know that when you give in to these coercive sweet treats they make you fat?

I got on the scale one day recently.  Yikes!  I’m afraid to step on it again.

Do you know what makes this doubly bad?  I’m known for being a healthy eater, a sweets avoider.

It’s true.  I seriously found myself in the “I can’t help myself” camp.

Me.  The disciplined one.

 

What gives?  

Two things:

One.  An attitude issue that God has shown me – a topic we’ll discuss another time.

Two.  Low adrenal function.  Yup.

We all know about how our adrenal glands kick into action when something has frightened us.

We’ve heard of the adrenalin rush that fuels superhuman feats like picking up cars to free a trapped child.

But, do you know that daily stresses like conflicts at work, at home, or even traffic jams cause our bodies to secrete adrenalin?

In our world we are all bombarded by stress.   It takes a toll on our tiny adrenal glands.   And guess what?  Sugar cravings are a symptom of low adrenal function.

The good news, we can pump up our adrenals.

And here’s more encouragement,

those who trust in the LORD will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
 Isaiah 40:31 NLT

 

This is not an overnight fix.

I’ve been in “adrenal rebuild” with great improvement through a very stressful time.

Maybe this setback is a gift in disguise.

For me, and maybe for you.

 

Is your life stressful?  Are you struggling with sugar cravings?

Will you join me on this journey to stop the sugar craving and get back healthy adrenals?

 

Here’s my first challenge.

It’s a big one, but you can do it.

It starts in our minds….

 

 

 

Here’s an action step to DO until we meet again…  

  • Whenever a sweet calls your name, tell that sweet, “I don’t need you!”   And drink a glass of water.  

Next time ~ I’ll share how to stop the sugar cravings.

 

We CAN do this!  

Together.  

If you’ve decided to join me in this journey, please leave a comment below.  I will pray for you.  We’re in this together!

After all…Why be ordinary when you can be extraordinary?!

 

Thank you for stopping by today.
I appreciate you and your sweet comments make my day.

Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!

Diane

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Comments

  1. I’m so busy sometimes I “forget” to eat healthy. 🙁 It is a constant battle! I enjoy baking, so that doesn’t always help. This morning I made a batch of blackberry muffins. There was minimal fat in them (3tbsp butter, one egg), but a full cup of brown sugar. I was so anxious to try this recipe and use more of the blackberries that were on sale last week at GE! Anyway! I ate 2. Then I stopped at the bank to get change for the store and they had free coffee and munchkins! Of course I took 2……not too many to be piggish, but more than one…..or none. 🙂 It’s a constant battle and I’m trying to learn a new way of thinking and eating. VERY tough. It’s not always that I’m craving them…..they’re just THERE. I could have easily bypassed those munchkins. Good thing we can make new choices all the time and always start over.

    • Hi Amy!
      Blackberry muffins sound wonderful! Yummy.
      You are so right. We have to change our thinking. It’s by far the biggest hurdle and most important step towards healthy eating. Hang with me here…I’ll be sharing healthy eating ideas…and together we WILL get there!

      YES! Do-overs are a good thing. Sometime ago I read that we get a metabolic do-over every 5 hours. That was freeing and helped me to put down the “baseball bat.”

      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I always used to bake when I was bored, lately I have taken up spinning class. I can’t eat before. So that is step one. then I keep telling myself during class, one class equals one pound. so far, so good. after class i’m not very hungry. We have to keep thinking of different actities that don’t revolve around food, and now that gardening has begun so has a new exercise!

    • Hi Pam!
      Spinning. That’s fabulous! Isn’t it interesting how vigorous exercise actually doesn’t make you hungry (at least in the short term)? Plus, we need to drink a lot of water when we exercise, so I think that helps the stomach to feel satisfied, too. I love the message your tell yourself – 1 class=1 lb. The mind is sooo powerful, sending good messages to ourselves is vitally important. You go girl!!!

      Thanks for stopping by to read and participate in our new little An Extraordinary Day community!!! It means a lot!

  3. Yes. I have this problem & to make it even worse I’m diabetic! Its so hard sometimes. I’m going to try drinking the glass.of.water. tThank.so much.. FYI* sugar/free candy is really good! Just don’t eat too much; it’ll give you diarrheaa! 😉 God bless all of us dealing with this!00

    • Oh Malinda, I do hope a glass of water really does help you. It’s interesting to learn than many times our cravings are simply because we are dehydrated and don’t even know it.
      I don’t want to burst your bubble, but really it is easier if we stay away from sugar-free candy. Try it.
      God bless you!
      Diane

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