Things have certainly been moving more smoothly with out the sugar. I still crave chocolate or treats at times, like when I see others eating them, but already it feels more distant and irrelevant. It is great to listen to my own moods instead of feeling at the mercy of other people's choices.
What is it that makes us want to eat like those around us?
Is it a positive form of bonding or empathy? Or is it a function of hormones, secretions and physical responsa?
To answer this question, I spent a lot of time researching emotional eating, appetite vs. hunger and peer pressure. My results are that when your sugar levels are unbalanced, you are highly suggestable to all three forms influence. However, when your sugar levels are balanced and you are on a low sugar and sweet eating plan, your ability to withstand the emotional pressures is greatly increased. Yet, even with great blood sugar the desire to eat something when others are eating is instinctual.
So how do you cope with the series of secretions, hormones and factors beyond your control?
I accept them. This is a survival mechanism to build family units, cultural units and eating together simply forms connections to others with in our body. Eating food communally is in every culture, every religion and fighting it, is like raging against the tide. So?
To use this survival instinct to your benefit, you need to be prepared to indulge in a group, at any time. If you have a list of indulgences and rewards for healthy living, any group situation can bring you pleasure and not fear or apprehension.
My list of good for you Indulgences and rewards for the Sugar Detox and beyond.
1. Cookie Dough Bars: These high fiber, high protein treats are great to bring to a party.