There were years in my life when candy and potato chips were an acceptable dinner for me.
I’m not really sure when that kind of food became my “happy place," but I suspect I had at least started down that path by my teens.
After my kids were born, I was never able to completely lose the weight I had gained during my pregnancies. I made occasional stabs at weight loss along the way, but rarely did I have the willpower to accomplish my goals or keep the weight off.
Even though I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a sweet tooth, I never felt really trapped by my addiction to candy, cakes, bread and chips until my fifties. It was then that I realized that I had slid into the habit of bingeing on these kinds of foods. When I tried to stop, I couldn’t.
There were times I would hide the wrappers or receipts from the candy I had bought so my family wouldn’t know what I had done. I felt like an out-of- control failure because I was always giving in to my cravings for sugar.
I began to find help when I finally shared my struggle with a friend. My friend understood the physiological component of sugar cravings and helped me see that a lot of my cravings were coming from the way I was eating.
As I learned how the junk foods had been affecting my cravings for many years and impacting my ability to lose weight, I began to change my diet. To my astonishment, the intense sugar cravings I had lived with for many years went away! Over time, I lost twenty-five pounds and greatly improved my cholesterol numbers as well.
Yes, there were still the emotional and spiritual components of why I gravitated toward sugar to deal with, and I eventually realized that I needed to examine those tangled areas inside me as well. That deeper look continues to this day, and the whole area of cravings and what prompts us to eat the way we do is an area I continue to research and explore with my clients.
As a certified health coach, I very much enjoy helping others take steps on their own health journeys to move toward greater wellness. Lifestyle changes can be challenging at midlife—I get that. But they’re also very worthwhile. Because no matter what our age, we’ve still got people to love and dreams to accomplish.
I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coach training program in 2014 and am certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. I also hold an AA in Biology and a BA in English from Youngstown State University.