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What do you do when no one is watching? | Confessions of a sugar addict.

Do you dance when no one is watching? Do you hide chocolate or chips from others in your house? Kids, do you wipe boogers on your wall? Do you put things on your business taxes when it should be personal? Do you donate to charities and not tell anyone? We all do things that no one knows. I woke up today with this thought in my head.

For me the biggest thing is nutrition. I eat well and clean 90% of the time. I’m ok with 10% of the rest of the time having a treat or something not in my regular nutrition. I have a sweet tooth…there’s just no denying it! But I would say since I had my third child, it has gone more downhill and I need more effort to stay on course.

I used to have more willpower. Does that sound familiar? If I had something sweet in the house, I used to be ok with it sitting there and not think about it. I can’t lately. If it’s there, I think about it. I think about it until I eat it or get rid of it.

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Sometimes I’m strong. I just say to myself: “self, it’s not worth eating it” and I throw it out while the thought is there. Other times, it’s like, “ok, just finish it so it’s done”. Sometimes, I tell my accountability partner “I will only have 2 desserts this week – one during the week, one on the weekend”. It could just be some dark chocolate, or something bigger. But even the dark chocolate…oh, it used to be just 2 squares, now it’s 4 or 6…

Is it just me? Is it because I have 3 kids now, lol? I know I’m not alone. We all have our vices, whether it’s nutrition, exercise, spending, video games or more.

If you need help with something, talk to us. We want to help each and every one of you reach your best potential in health and in life. We will be the first to admit we are not perfect. Is your perception shattered? (just kidding!) No one is perfect in any aspect of their life. We know a lot about health and nutrition because we study it and we are passionate about its importance. No, it doesn’t mean I don’t like chocolate and Martin doesn’t like chips. We do, we have them. But we try hard to balance it with amazing nutrition the other 90% of the time.

One thing that keeps us on track is the Oaktree Body program. You may have a seen a few glimpses of it through the clinic. It is a whole body program with a big focus on nutrition. Without going into too much detail, we do 2 weeks “on”, where we post what we eat in our group, then 2 weeks “off”, where we don’t have to show everyone what we eat. We still tend to eat very well when we’re off but we don’t have to show it. Everyone has a different level of what they’re trying to achieve nutritionally – it can be customized to you. Example: I have a patient who could never fathom not eating bread. So maybe we start with which ones are better to eat, or we replace bad oils with good oils. We believe in small steps for lasting change.

Martin and I eat vastly different than we did when we first got married 14 years ago. It happened slowly, in stages, as we learned different things. Maybe I’ll write about that next time ☺ (Teaser: I grew up eating Captain Crunch and PopTarts, we became vegan for 3 years, and now we’re mostly paleo!)

If you want to learn more or simply need the accountability, Oaktree Body could be for you too. It’s $10/month. Let us know if you’d like to join the community.

– Emilie Perras

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