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Harms Reduction for a Sugar Addiction

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Harms Reduction for a Sugar Addiction

It is so funny that I constantly have 'brick hits forehead moments' regarding my food journey. I remember after two years of eating consciously I finally thought to look at my dogs food. Took me two fucking years and the brick really hit hard on this one.

Why so long I often wonder?

Recently I had the same type of moment regarding my approach to the famous sugar addiction. As many of you know sugar is my drug of choice. It has been years since I have had refined sugar in my diet, but not natural sugar.

I am still addicted to sugar.

Each year of my healing journey I have made small strides in overcoming my addiction. From consumption to psyche I have been proud of the progress even though baby steps. Slow and steady is the constant mantra in my miracle life especially when dealing with things  I am truly addicted too.

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Both Cigarettes and Sugar have been a true harms reduction approach.

I used to eat a pound of honey a week the first year I gave up refined sugar. I had not control and did care to change it. I knew I was going through hard core withdraws and decided harms reduction was the only way I was going to quit my sugar addiction.

Honey is less harmful than refined sugar in large quantities.

Examples of common harms reduction techniques are nicotine patches and methadone. Both used to help decrease the effects of addiction offering a less harmful approach using a taper method. This approach geared toward helping both the body and mind adjust at a slower rate than the all or nothing approach.

My addiction so strong I need the taper if I want to overcome. I learned this early on in my journey and have never been ashamed of it.

Not going to lie it is still hard. It is hard being an addict of anything. Sugar truly has shown to have a strong hold on my body & mind. The cycle is vicious and each year I believe I get closer and closer to the end of this addiction and hope within the next few years to be done with it.

I have struggled from time to time with the societal norms associated with overcoming addiction. These types of thoughts produce nothing good and have also been a part of this healing journey. Whenever I find myself saying things like "Why is it taking so long?" and "You are still having way too much fruit" I check myself.

Too much fruit is progress.

The last step in my journey to quit smoking came from the help of a talented Hypnotherapist. On my birthday this year she happened to call me sharing she was staring to consider Paleo and looking for resources. Sasha also shared in her work she noticed just like cigarettes many have a sugar addiction. Believe it or not she developed a method to overcome this addictive behavior and was releasing it this year. BAM. BAM. BAM.

Thank you life for once again for always providing. I am pretty sure hypnosis will be my last step in the sugar addiction journey and for now I continue to mentally prepare myself and work toward lowing my intake with healthy, baby steps.

My Harms Reduction Sugar Addiction Timeline;

  • 2012: Stop all refined sugar replace with honey, dates, maple syrup
  • 2013: Start doing Whole 30 challenges for a total of 2 challenges completed.
  • 2014: Continue with Whole 30 challenges for a total of 5 challenges completed.
  • 2015: Focus on Ketogenic approaches and begin fasting 12 hours
  • 2016: Start doing Whole Life Challenges for 8 weeks for a total of 3 challenges. Begin juice fasts and longer fast times. Start only eating seasonal fruits.
  • 2017: Give up maple syrup and honey items except for special occasions or recipe testing. Start 3 day bone broth fasts and 16 hour daily fasting/ 3~5 days weekly. Limit banana, apple and pears.
  • 2018: Increase 18 hour fasting, add more 3 day bone broth fasts, increase berries and decrease melons, mango's and figs.
  • 2019: TBC...

This my friends are my harms reduction steps regarding sugar. I learned by year 2014 that my addiction was strong and I was unable to maintain zero sugar after challenges. Any type of sugars triggered almost bulimic tendencies. After many failed attempts at stopping long term I realized I was truly an addict and needed to start a path of harms reduction.

I will update you all on my journey toward hypnosis and in the meantime hope a harms reduction  approach might inspire your journey with food.

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Suicide by Sugar

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Suicide by Sugar

I am at the plateau of my yearly sugar addiction. The one that really starts during cherry season. Yup you heard that right back in the summer months.

I love sugar. I am an addict.

Gave up refined sugar 5 years ago. Have never looked back.

I love honey, maple syrup & coconut sugar. A lot.

I also love banana's, apples, sweet potato, beets, carrots & all forms of foods high in natural sugar.

Never really missed refined sugar because I had replacements or healthy alternatives shall we say. 

Until...

They are consumed in excess. Which is my pattern.

A pattern that begins in July during the peak of summer fruit & cherry season. I begin to consume large amounts of locally grown fruits increasing my sugar consumption. Turning on the all too familiar sugar addiction.

Next somehow sweet potato's, bananas and apples are on the menu weekly. Sometimes daily.

Sugar. Sugar. Sugar. Love. Love. Love.

In anticipation of the festive holiday season yearly I begin to scale back consumption from Labor Day to Thanksgiving. Once Thanksgiving hits the Suicide by Sugar lifestyle begins in full force.

Holiday treats arrive & I am giddy which for me translates to Paleo cookies, dark chocolate, plus high natural sugar fruits and carb filled vegetables. Like a true addict I consume & consume beyond acceptable limits.

How do I turn it off?

Being a competitive prick is how I stop the Suicide by Sugar cycle.

Every January for the last 4 years I do a challenge that forbids these foods. Challenges long enough that I overcome the cravings all while regaining control of my eating life. When doing these challenges I don't cheat ever. I want to be a 'winner' aka in a top position on my team. Being a BOSS means you always play to win.

Community as always holding the key to success for this miracle.

I never get mad at myself for the natural sugar overload. I just wonder if it will ever change?

My addiction is obviously very real manifesting in a new way since becoming conscious.

Will the day come where sugar does not rock my world? Will a holiday season come without eating too much dark chocolate, Paleo cookies and pies?

Or will the cycle of Suicide by Sugar be a life long reminder of just how powerful this addiction really is?

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Hit the subscribe button so you don't miss another post of BAM from this sugar addict. Have mercy.

#upYOURvolume

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Big Anniversary & Squash Pudding

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Big Anniversary & Squash Pudding

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By V Capaldi

How is that for a blog post title? Kinda sums up my life right now.  2 years ago this week I stood up for my beliefs and  person and made the decision to follow my heartand passion to lead a conscious life.  This gal said goodbye to the idea that healthcare is only for those who can afford it and embarked on a healthcare is self-care life.  In typical V fashion, November 2013 I jumped and decided to see if my Bag of Tricks was filled with enough tools to lead an empowered life.

Today the brand of PaleoBOSS Lady™ (PBL) shares tools of empowerment with over

50, 000 people daily & growing!

Happy 2nd Anniversary to PBL!

I could not be more excited, proud and certain of the direction the brand known as PaleoBOSS Lady™ is heading. Literally the movement is growing everyday with opportunities continuing to present themselves that continue to spread the PBL message in an accessible culturally relevant way.

The cultural norm is what the brand of PBL questions every day.  

A huge message of the brand is sharing with others how to change their narrative.  One narrative we would like to change is that 25% of children are taking medication in America.

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Are you really okay with this?  Children are our hope to sustainable change.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”   Hippocrates

The brand of PBL takes us back to the kitchen offering experiences beyond eating.  Mediums like the soon to be released South Philly Paleo Cookbook shares food, family and culture in a way that not only provides insight, recipes and games, but begins to lay the foundation for others to envision their cultural path to consciousness.

Click here to find out more about the South Philly Paleo Cookbook and our Indiegogo campaign to support this.

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PBL had the opportunity to be filmed for a movie that will share my life story. This film is set to release April 2016 in 1100 theaters worldwide and is beyond surreal.  During the filming I lived with Dr. Wahls & her family where she ntroduced me to a dessert that is simply out of this world: Squash Pudding.  This sugar and dairy free dessert was delicious and super easy to make.

Dr. Terry Wahls Squash Pudding (adapted from memory)

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Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Put one can of coconut in refrigerator for up to 4 hours with 24 being ideal.
  • Add all ingredients, but refrigerated coconut milk to Vitamix/blender of choice until creamy and mixed.
  • Add water to desired consistency.
  • Spoon into cups and place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  • 5 minutes before serving take canned coconut milk from the refrigerator placing all, but the liquid into a mixing bowl.
  • Using a hand mixer whip into a cream adding honey and pinch of cinnamon.
  • When ready to serve add whipped cream to the top with cinnamon sprinkles if you like.

Dr. Wahls used a Vitamix to make the pudding and I will be using a Cuisinart. 

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Enjoy and post pictures of your creations using #squashpudding!Great for holiday entertaining too! Guests will love it. 

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