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What Athletics and Sugar Have In Common

by Joan Kent

posted in Health and Fitness

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Athletic performance brings forward conflict, discomfort, anxiety, self-defeating thoughts, and doubts about what's possible and what's not.
In athletics, you do what's necessary. You have the above thoughts without reacting to them - and stay with the event. The athletic objective is to learn to be nonreactive to distractions, including pain.
Giving up sugar can also bring forward discomforts - such as withdrawal symptoms and cravings - plus the anxiety, doubts, and self-defeating thoughts that may go with them. None of them is permanent.
You do what's necessary to eliminate them and stay with the plan.
One difference is this. In athletics, it helps not to derive an identity from your performance. That identity, my coach said, is just ego.
In contrast, I say, what's good about going through the process of quitting sugar is the sense of identity you develop when you do it. Your identity shifts.
You become The Person Who Doesn't Eat Sugar, and things change.
• You stop finding sugary foods tempting. You know they're Not Food.
• You deliberately and consciously stop putting junk into your healthy body.
• People stop trying to get you to eat what you'd rather avoid.
• People stop giving you gifts of tempting, sugary treats.
It's not that the foods don't look appetizing or smell delicious. But they don't bother us because we view them as something we simply don't eat.
They're no longer who we are.
Brain Chemistry Puts a Space Around Sugar
Eckhart Tolle, who wrote The Power of Now and other books, talks about putting a space around thoughts, pain, memories - especially negative ones - by continuing to stay present in the moment.
Basically, that's becoming nonreactive.
Once this addictive food, sugar, has been removed from your diet, the right foods you've added along the way can and will enhance dopamine and improve your focus. It's brain chemistry. Meanwhile, enhanced serotonin will put a space around what's happening -- and make you less reactive -- by literally increasing the time between thought and action.
The non-reactivity holds true whether the trigger is external - seeing chocolate cake, smelling freshly baked cinnamon buns - or internal - having a small taste that triggers the desire for lots more.
I talk to my clients about eating to become stable. Stability applies to both brain chemistry and glucose.
When both are stable and even, you're able to make decisions about food, instead of reacting to every treat you see.
You make decisions, instead of succumbing to the urge to eat what you know won't do you good, just because you can't resist or think you have "decision-making fatigue."
Once my clients are stable, I know they're on the 'zen path' to making clear decisions about food and sugar.
About the Author: Currently, there's awareness that sugar sabotages health and causes several health, appetite and mood issues.
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