We all have one of those friends.
When she’s around…
You spend more than you budgeted for.
You don’t eat as well.
You have a few too many drinks.
She’s no good for you and you know it, but still you keep hanging out.
THAT’S REFINED SUGAR.
Sugar is terrible for you. It rots your teeth. It makes you fat. It ruins your sleep. And it’s empty calories — no nutrients, no protein, no healthy fats and no enzymes.
And yet the average American eats over 100 lbs of sugar every single year. FYI that is 11350 spoons of sugar and 170250 calories — which takes 314 hours of running to burn off.
Not surprisingly, “sugar” is one of the most common things people want to quit.
Today I’m sharing with you the story of Tasha, who used Pavlok to quit sugar in 1 day AND built a habit of going to the gym 5 days per week. In her words: “obviously it feels incredible.”
Tasha tried for years to quit eating sugar.
She could make it a day or two, but it always crept back into her life.
“I turned to eating sugar to make myself feel better whenever I was tired, which was basically all the time.”
And it was a serious problem.
“I felt pretty bad all the time. My clothes were barely fitting, and beyond appearance I felt like I wasn’t living up to my potential and that my energy wasn’t as high as it could have been.”
Tasha wasn’t sure if Pavlok’s electric shock would help her quit eating sugar. But relying on willpower had failed over and over, so she was willing to give it a shot.
When Tasha’s Pavlok arrived, she got started that same day.
“First it shows up in the mail and I put the shocky device into the apparatus.”
Side note: Pavlok is a rechargeable shocking module that fits into a wrist band.
“Then what I did first to stop eating sugar was I would take a sugary item I would usually eat such as peanut butter cream pie from House of Pies and I would shock myself while eating it, and the idea was eventually I wouldn’t want to eat it anymore.”
The shock was extremely effective.
“I ate the pie, I shocked myself. I did not enjoy the shocking process! And in the first day I didn’t eat any refined sugar. That was pretty cool because I had tried all kinds of diets before and not had those immediate results.”
Day 2? No refined sugar.
Day 3? No refined sugar.
“What I noticed was if I had a craving for sugar, and I had a lot of cravings during the first week… I didn’t want to shock myself so I wouldn’t eat the food in the first place. That turned into a week, and then two weeks and now I’m about three weeks in and I haven’t had any refined sugar… I feel like I’m back in control of my relationship with food.”
And since Tasha had such great results with quitting sugar, she started using Pavlok to build a good habit: getting to the gym 5 days per week.
For Tasha, quitting sugar was a step to the real goal: looking and feeling better.
“How does it feel to go in 3 weeks from eating a bunch of crap to only eating beautiful whole food, and not working out at all to working out 5 days a week? Obviously it feels incredible. I feel confident in myself and my ability to follow through on something. I feel so much healthier and much more vibrant and just happier altogether.”
Here’s my favorite part:
“I am really surprised that it worked, because I tried so many different things to motivate myself into making new habits, but [Pavlok] is really the first thing that worked for me. And my quality of life has changed so much in the last three weeks that it’s almost stupid. I just look so different and I feel so different.”
Very well done.
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