Sugar Free? HELP!

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So who's idea was it to go on a sugar fast this weekend? Of all the weekends to choose from, I chose Easter to refrain from sugar! Not only is it a long weekend, but it's a sugar-induced holiday, pre-empted just moments after Christmas gets packed away, with tempting chocolate bunnies filling the isles of our grocery stores and chemists.

I can't hide from it, this weekend will be filled with an endless array of brightly-wrapped cheap chocolates in the shape of my usual breakfast item... What was I thinking?

To answer that question, it requires a couple of explanations. The first being that I simply like a challenge. In fact I laugh in the face of danger. And yes, me without chocolate equals danger!

Secondly, Easter is actually a really important holiday for me and somehow over the years, many-a-easters have come and gone in a sort of chocolate haze, that has gobbled up the meaning behind it all! So this year I wanted to take the focus off of chocolate and place it on the one thing that means the most to me... the real meaning of Easter.

Easter actually represents new beginnings, breakthrough and revolution. In fact the story of Easter talks about redemption, freedom and a new life all together! That excites me. Not to sound religious, but my beliefs revolve around this significant notion. The reason I was able to break free from my eating disorder, depression and suicidal tendencies was because I had a hope in something much larger than myself.

So this year I want to honour the message behind Easter. Whenever I feel tempted to break the fast, I will say a prayer of thanks and remember what it is all about.

Thirdly, I have noticed an increasing addiction sneak up on me these past few months... Sugar is pretty cunning like that. I have not been able to go a day without eating a little something sweet. I am not saying I never want to eat another sweet thing again, but I am wanting to get creative with how I enjoy the sweeter side of life. Is there a better way? I think there is, and it doesn't involve disguising tasteless and uninteresting 'treats' as exciting, finger-licking pleasures (you're fooling no one)...

I am making a commitment to eating healthy, whole and real food rather than the processed, refined-sugar ladened kind. It just means swapping out white-sugar for natural sweetness (like honey, maple syrup, fruit and more). I must say though, this is not a license to now eat sweet things all the time because of the natural aspect. No, it is still all about moderation! I just want to love my body with nutritious awesomeness rather than an endless cycle of meaningless cravings.

Pow! Now I really have to follow through because you guys are watching me ;) I like that... Accountability is a pretty important part of a healthy life! So here I go!

Love Heids Xx

p.s. We have a wonderful story to share with you over the four days of this Easter weekend - watch this space to be empowered and encouraged in a 'new' way!

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Heidi Lakin

Heidi Lakin is a new mum to the beautiful Emera (born June 2012) and wife to best friend, Chad Lakin. Her story is not uncommon, having struggled for over 10 years with self-image issues that developed into eating disorders, depression, obsessive compulsive behaviour and anxiety. Her success in overcoming such perplexing battles is less common, which is why she founded Blussh - an online initiative that focuses on equipping women to find their sense of worth and committing to a life of freedom. Heidi has a vision to help women through such issues, but more importantly to help prevent poor body-image, self-doubt and everything that follows, in our young girls.