So, you relapsed and had a sugar-filled binge – don’t beat yourself up, it happens to the best of us. We’re here to show you 5 ways to manage a relapse on your quitting sugar journey.
One moment you're rocking that sugar-free lifestyle and all the mood, energy and health benefits that come with it, and the next, you find yourself elbow deep in a tub of ice cream. But don't worry, it's not the end of the world. We’ve got everything you need to get back on track.
You had a slip-up – no biggie. Don't go blaming yourself or calling yourself a failure – that guilt and shame cycle can keep us off the wagon, leave us feeling worse and make us more prone to binge eating. Instead, try to remember how great you felt when you quit sugar and remind yourself that one relapse doesn't have to derail all your progress. You might even consider writing down all of your health goals and keeping those at the forefront in your mind – before you know it, you won’t even be thinking about the relapse.
Make a plan
To get back on track, it helps to have a plan. Write down some strategies to avoid future relapses. Maybe it's keeping sugar out of the house, finding healthier substitutes or seeking support from a friend. It might even be practising mindful eating. Whatever it is, have a plan in place to help you stay accountable.
Sweat it out
Don’t sweat it, but do sweat it out! You may have binged on sugar, but that doesn't mean you have to give up on exercise too. In fact, getting some physical activity can help you feel better and shake off those sugar cravings. Go for a run, hit the gym or take a dance class. Whatever it is, get moving.
Laugh it off
Laughter is the best medicine, right? So, why not have a good giggle about your sugar relapse? Share your story with a friend or watch a funny video. It'll help lighten the mood and give you a boost of positive energy. Instead of feeling down, you can turn this into a learning moment – and get a laugh out of it too! The endorphins that are released from laughter will then lift your mood and make relapses less likely.
Get back on the horse
So, you’ve had a laugh, you’ve gotten some exercise in and you’ve got a plan brewing, now all that’s left is to get back on track. Don't let one slip-up derail all your progress. Dust yourself off, pick yourself up and keep going. Remember why you quit sugar in the first place and use that as motivation to keep moving forward.
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