How to Live A Sweet Life

I watched a video earlier this week by Dr. Christiane Northrup. She was talking about living a sweet life without the sugar.

A sweet life.

What does that look like?

In my mind and stated very simply, sweetness is increased every time I smile, or feel deep appreciation.   I give extra points for belly laughs!

Northrup is, however, a doctor, and she talked about sugar.

She described the harmful effects of sugar in the diet and how weight gain is correlated to a lifetime of glycemic stress and insulin overload. Sugar in the bloodstream impacts every single cell in your body and contributes to cellular inflammation.

Sugar in our diet gives us shortened lifespans and makes us fat.

The tough thing is, sugar is highy addictive, like an opiate, Our primal bodies crave sugar to build up those fat stores so we can survive a lean winter with no game or crops. Physiologically, we are hard-wired for sweetness because the survival of the human race depended on it.

That’s not the sweet life I want.

Northrup encourages you to find sweetness in other ways. She advocates eliminating sugar and substituting it with Deliberate Acts of Pleasure. In her book, Goddesses Never Age, Northrup explains:

What I want to encourage is the reclamation of the power of pleasure, which comes from the divine force of the universe. Pleasure is a divine gift to us. It should be a discipline practiced regularly to establish happiness and joy in your body and your life. Sustainable pleasure is the ultimate prescription for good health.

Yes! Deliberate Acts of Pleasure are mini-spa moments to fill your heart with sweetness. Here are a few of her suggestions:

  • Create rituals around pleasure.  She suggested focusing on that first cup of coffee or tea in the morning. Be intentional as you brew and as you take that first sip. Truly delight in the sight, smell, touch and taste.  mmmmmmmm. Savor it all the way to your toes.
  • Breathe deeply. There are many studies correlating the breath with increased serotonin and other feel-good hormones. Breathe in through your nose all the way into your belly, then release through your nose. Two deep breaths are enough to trigger the physiological benefit, but don’t stop there. Do it several times a day
  • Connect to the earth. Lie down on the ground.  Remember cloud watching? Have lunch on a blanket under a tree. Go tent camping. Dig in your garden.
  • Outdoor exercise. Get into the sunshine or natural light to increase your vitamin D levels. Move. Walk. Ride your bike.  A simple 30 minutes a day will make a big difference.
  • Tell yourself sweet messages. A big part of my work as a coach is to help my clients hear what they are saying to themselves. Oftentimes, the messages are terribly abusive, like “you suck at this” or “you’ll never get ahead.” Instead, pick up a mirror, look into your eyes and say “I accept myself unconditionally right now.” or better “I love you.” Remind yourself of your awesomeness.  Let that be your internal message.

Please comment below and share your experience of a sweet life!

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