Hey, Rebel Wilson, falling off the wagon is totally normal! Here’s how to get back on track

By Rachel O'Regan |

Keys2words - Hey, Rebel Wilson, falling off the wagon is totally normal! Here’s how to get back on track

Rebel Wilson, our favourite funny lady and pride of Australia (we still remember you from The Wedge!), has been live-tweeting her “no sugar challenge” since the beginning of July. But this week she admitted defeat, saying she “lost” after stress-eating an ice-cream and Mars Bar. Our soon-to-be graduates can probably relate!

I lost the NO (refined) SUGAR CHALLENGE after 20 days…had a scary taxi ride and succumbed to ice-cream & Mars Bar…but back on wagon x

— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson)

We’re glad you’re back on the wagon, Rebel, and just wanted to say to anyone who feels they’ve failed at quitting sugar: this is totally normal! Sugar is addictive. Slip-ups happen to the best of us while we’re recalibrating, but it’s not the end of the world. Here’re Sarah’s top tips for tackling those challenging moments and making the most of your Keys2words journey:

1. Have a back-up of sugar-free treats. What’s your favourite savoury snack? Stash a few in your bag for times of need.

2. Drink tea. Herbal is best – a pot of tea soothes the nerves and keeps you hydrated (thirst can often be misinterpreted for hunger). Infusions with licorice, cinnamon and fruit peel are all naturally sweet and curb cravings.

3. Don’t deprive yourself. When your blood sugar drops and your tummy starts grumbling, sweet temptations grow. Make sure you’re having balanced meals full of REAL FOOD: fresh veggies, protein and healthy fats.

No sugar today but plenty of desert x — Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson)

4. Go for a walk. Distract yourself by heading out and walking around the block. Fresh air and a little exercise always help.

5. Listen to your body. If you do fall off the wagon, make a note of how your body reacts. The jittery highs, the crashing lows – you’ll realise how much effect the white stuff has on your energy and mood.

NO (refined) SUGAR CHALLENGE DIARY: it’s been 5 days, went to see Magic Mike, all those shiny G’s made me think of skittles…resisted x

— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson)

6. Wait for 20 minutes. When you’re in the grip of a sugar craving, tell yourself to wait 20 minutes. Just 20 minutes. In the meantime, do something else. Hang out a load of washing. Or make a phone call. As Sarah says, “Pausing and looking is important – it builds the ‘I can do this muscle’, making it easier next time”.

7. Be kind to yourself. Negative self-talk forms negative habits – restriction, guilt, crash diets. Don’t think about it in terms of “failure” or “losing”. Just move forward and smile. It does the world of good.

I do like the occasional Diet Coke but am trying to cut that out as apparently it makes you crave sugar more x

— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson)

8. Don’t eat artificial sweeteners. Rebel is right – artificial sweeteners make the sweet tooth even stronger. Don’t tempt your taste buds with fake sugars and diet junk foods, which distract from our Just Eat Real Food message.

9. Talk to fellow sugar quitters. There’s a whole IQS community who’ve gone through every high and low of the sugar quitting process. Plus, doing it with friends (whether real or virtual) makes it fun! And ultimately, that’s what the is supposed to be.

I’m starting a ‘no sugar’ challenge starting today!! I’ll let you guys know how long I last for!! X

— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson)

10. It’s not forever. We don’t stay off sugar until the day we die. We simply recalibrate so we’re not craving the stuff 24/7. Food freedom. That’s what we’re aiming for.

Hey, 8WP Team, do you have any tips to help Rebel get back on the sugar-quittin’ wagon? Let us know your best ideas in the comments below.

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