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Nicolette Colly: How I beat my sugar addiction

Written by  Nicolette Colly
Editor’s Note: Nicolette Colly is as New Orleans as they come. Born and raised in Gentilly, a graduate of Eleanor McMain High School, Loyola University New Orleans, and Southern University Law Center, Nicolette is a fitness instructor, personal trainer, and soon to be health coach. Join Nicolette on her journey of healthier living.

Let me just get it out of the way now: There is no quick fix for sugar addiction. Sugar is in just about everything we eat. Even those foods that may not appear to be sugar, turn into sugar, like pasta, rice, and bread. Fighting the sugar monster is a long, but achievable battle!

When you grow up in New Orleans, dessert is a way of life. Bananas Foster, German chocolate cake, and lemon meringue pie are served up on the regular. I would eat dinner just so I could have dessert!

As I got older and started making the connection between sugar, migraines, brain fog, gas and bloating, I knew it was time to make some changes. I discovered this connection after feeling almost 100% better after going through a Daniel Fast.

It’s 21 days drinking only water and eating only, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Because it was a spiritual journey and challenge, I was able to stick to the requirements and not have sugar and artificial foods. Cold turkey was the only way!

I know you were probably expecting something complicated but that’s what worked for me! The more I told myself I won’t have sugar, the more I would eat it. When I was faced with a challenge to my faith and discipline, I finally broke the addiction. It was not easy and there were tears, headaches, irritability, and downright anger.

I felt so sick from the withdrawals on the third day, I had to leave work and go home to sleep it off. My head was pounding, I was nauseated and I couldn’t focus. But, I would do it all over again. Those few days of discomfort were worth the relief I experienced. I now have clear skin, a focused mind, and control over food.
 

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