How quitting sugar changed everything: on nourishment, hunger, and stress

by Alanna Whitney
excerpted from her “Live Wild Wellness” blog

Working to change the way we eat is hard, especially as women. Once you enter the realm of ‘dieting’ and ‘detoxing’ everything begins to feel like a slippery slope that leads right on down the self-sabotage-y rabbithole where happiness and satisfaction go to die.  That is, neurotic measuring of portions and weighing of dry chicken breast and counting calories (or carbs, or fat, or sugar) and the progression onto more and greater desperation.

All this because food is deep and personal. It is about nourishment, which is about love and safety and comfort. And for so many of us, food comes with both fear and reward. It’s a double-edged sword that we use to punish ourselves (starving ourselves into being thinner, better, more deserving…) and to reward ourselves (feeling bad or ashamed or sad about aforementioned extreme-diet failure, and eating to feel better, or so we don't have to feel).


And I think that for all of us there’s a real component of addiction, too. Food is a stand-in for acts of love that we are too self-punishing to take. When we feel beaten down or worn out or underappreciated, we turn to food for comfort. In a deep way, food IS comfort. It is nourishment and self-care and fellowship. For so many of us women, however, the difficulties of managing our relationship with food are bound up with the body-loathing inflicted by media and a real and primal hunger that should be celebrated instead of relegated to the front pages of women's fitness magazines (a weakness to be beaten into submission) and our desire to feel safe in the world. The whole ordeal becomes such a labyrinthine source of fear that we would frankly rather not.

So for all of these reasons, and more, I was scared of cutting out sugar. But the process showed me a whole lot about who I was underneath the sugar cravings and blood sugar swings.

>>Read the full article here where Alanna shares her personal shifts and results of quitting sugar.

Alanna WhitneyAlanna’s perspective is Vitalist: simple means can create the most powerful transformations. Her practice includes gentle work with nutrition (real food! nutrient density!), attending to food allergies and nutritional deficiencies, and supporting the process with plant spirit medicine (she loves flower essences!), as well as the gentle and revolutionary act of drinking tea.

Alanna is teaching a 3-part class series about Spring Detoxification for Health and Wellness (click for full description and to sign up). Classes can be taken individually or as a whole series. The third class is specifically on How to Break Up with Sugar (a 21 day sugar detox). In this series we will explore springtime health in a new way that emphasizes nourishment and satisfaction!

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