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17 Oct, 8 tweets, 2 min read
Here are some lessons I've learned in my attempt to cut back sugar in a sustainable, non-should-y way

I haven't given it up completely, just developed a more nuanced relationship with it that helps to tilt me in a better direction.
Firstly, the 3 reasons I consume sugar usually are:

1. festivities/social settings
2. a response to hypoglycemia (sugar crash)
3. "random" cravings
My main goal was to tackle 2 and 3.

To tackle 2, I had to understand what causes the sugar crashes:

- skipping a meal or irregular eating times
- loss of sleep (even by a small amount)
- a response to eating a meal with a high glycemic index
- period, etc
The random cravings (3), are caused by:

- irregular eating times
- a psychological escape, I learned during the AoA course that I seek sugar when I feel constrained, eg: when doing something I don't want to be doing.
So I've been doing time-redistricted eating for a while for the health benefits but recently I started using the Zero app and since I was already tracking my sugar intake, I've discovered that I'm less likely to have sugar on the days I eat in an 8-10 hour window. Big win!
Next, I realised that there is a huge correlation between sleep loss and increased sugar cravings both as a response to the sugar crashes and because it affected my mental health (increased need for the psychological escape). So more reason to be on top of my sleep.
For the case where I seek sugar in response to feeling constrained, I just have the awareness now which makes me feel more in control. Either I opt for a healthier alternative eg: melons or I just eat the sugar without guilt, knowing why I'm craving it
So in summary, the things that are helping so far:

- time-restricted eating
- watching my sleep
- awareness around the psychological escapes

If anybody has any other tips, let me know! 😊

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