Try Hugs not Drugs……or Chocolate!

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? ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!

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0 thoughts on “Try Hugs not Drugs……or Chocolate!

  1. I have had so many friends who have renewed energy and health through the 8-week challenge! I just ran into one of their booths at the Summer Dinner Market in Niagara–on-the-Lake and the founders of the program just had a successful “audition” to be on the Shopping Channel!

    I was fortunate enough to grow up with parents who were into healthy food – they were considered radical in the 70’s and 80’s. However, I had to go through my own “food rebellion” as a teen/young adult to figure out that I could not handle refined sugar. What I find difficult though is still my tendency to be an emotional eater or stress eater- whatever you want to call it. I have had the information regarding healthy eating for years but find that I can only put that into practice as I lean into God when I am tempted to numb my life struggles with food. I have to ask, “What is really at the root of this. . .?” So grateful for other women who have helped me answer those root questions.

    So proud of you Pam for changing your lifestyle while you are young. I am 47 and now have to been even more aware of how I am eating and whether I am active or not. Your radical action inspires me!

  2. I went sugar-free at my naturopath’s recommendation. I was having hyperglycemic symptomps even though my blood sugar tests were fine. I’ve been sugar-free for 1.5 years now. The first few months were the worst, but I adjusted. Now I bake sugar-free with relative ease, I drink Zevia instead of regular pop and use stevia/agave/erythritol/xylitol to bake. Good luck on your endeavours! It will be really hard at times, and you’ll have some SERIOUS cravings. Try dark chocolate (“Giddy Yo Yo” brand has good really dark chocolate) and a glass of wine now and again!

  3. Hello My Beautiful Friend! I just saw your blogs for the first time tonight! Such great writing and so motivating, Pam! You are incredible and I am so inspired by all that you have accomplished! Love the stories… As good in writing as they are in person! Can’t wait to read your next blog! xo