When I was in grade 5 I remember sitting criss cross applesauce on the cold gym floor for an “exciting” school assembly. We all watched as four teenagers did a skit about the dangers of drug abuse. I remember watching their skit and thinking how un-relatable this was to me. I was a good girl. I would never become addicted to a dangerous substance like this. But, I sat there politely as I glanced around at some of the “other” kids who would likely need to hear this. At the end of their presentation a man in a Lion costume came out into the crowd and handed out stickers to all of the kids that read “Try Hugs not Drugs”. Although I felt WAY too old to be getting a sticker from a man in a lion costume, they got their point across. Do not become addicted to substances that will destroy your life. No drugs. No cigarettes. No alcohol. Got it!
If a friend or family member was addicted to drugs or alcohol and you saw that it was having a continuous negative affect on them, you would most likely feel comfortable taking them aside, addressing it, and then offering them help and support. Reality shows have even been made staging an “Intervention” in a case like that. It is socially acceptable to step in and voice your concern. No one likes to see someone who is a slave to an addiction and who is struggling every single day. It can be heartbreaking!
My addiction was something that was not easily hidden. When you are addicted to sugar or other foods, it is very difficult to hide. First your body, and eventually your physical limitations tell the story of a person who is struggling. Isn’t it interesting though, how much of a social “faux pas” it is to EVER highlight the obvious physical signs of another persons struggle with food addiction?
If you intervene with a friend who is an alcoholic- you are a hero.
If you mention a persons weight- you are a jerk.
Why didn’t the man in the lion costume warn me about the dangers of sugar addiction? Where was my “Try Hugs not Chocolate” sticker? 🙂
A few months ago I joined a program called “The 8 Week Challenge” to learn how to break my sugar addiction, transform my life, and start living clean! I know what you are thinking, “Oh so this IS just another “diet”. The answer to that really depends on you! 🙂 If you are planning on taking the tools and tips you learn and just applying them for a short time and then going right back to your old habits, then yes, this will just be another temporary fix. So instead, let’s consider making one small permanent change at a time in order to work towards living the healthiest lives we can!
If you are looking into clean living and feeling completely overwhelmed, then I HIGHLY recommend joining the “8 Week Challenge”! It will change your life! They have classes in Niagara as well as online so you can be anywhere in the world and participate with this program! When you sign up for the challenge you will get your OWN personal coach who will only be an email away to answer ANY questions you have! They do seminars on the “Clean Eating” Do’s and Don’ts (again, this can be in person or online). They do grocery store tours where they actually take you through your favorite local shopping spot and show you aisle by aisle what to buy and what to avoid (this is also available in person or online). They send you weekly emails encouraging you and giving you tips as well as loads of delicious recipes! And best of all, your coach is accessible every day to help you and answer all of your questions! The “8 Week Challenge” is less about a diet plan and more about providing education about a better way to live. Many of you have been asking me to explain exactly what I am doing to “live clean”, so just check out this website and try the program if you can! They are much better at teaching it and explaining it than I am! I will try to post tips each week on my blog, but the “8 week Challenge” will give you the foundation and weekly support you really need to succeed!
Check out their website for more info!