Working out how to stop sugar cravings is one of the toughest things to do when you decide to live healthy. High levels of sugar has been shown to affect the brain in the same way as addictive substances such as cocaine. In nowadays we eat more sugar than at any point in history, this means it can be quite hard to avoid, but there are things you can do to help minimise your sugar cravings.
Make some decisions to
Come to a decision and then stick to a very strict diet can exasperate sugar cravings If you are not eating very much, and waiting long periods between meals, sugar cravings can intensify leading to binging if you cave in. To avoid this make changes to your eating habits, any reduction in food intake is steady, and make sure you are eating at regular intervals. The key to healthy eating is to eat the right things. You can boost your productivity, performance, and energy throughout the day by eating breakfast. Without it, you will feel tired. You could try something like bran cereal with sultanas and fruit juice, or a slice of wholemeal toast with scrambled or boiled eggs.
Incorporating exercises into your daily life
After breakfast, you could start your day with some light exercise either at home or at the gym.
Not only does exercise such as walking release feel-good chemicals, but can act as a great distraction when you are hit by a hardcore sugar craving. It gets your out of the house, where you may still have sugary snacks in the cupboards, and is good for your body.
Try a reduction in coffee and energy drinks, as this will help to reduce stress levels. Drink plenty of fluids, e.g. water, non-alcoholic drinks, fruit juice, vegetable juice and smoothies. Eat more lean meat. Fish is a good source of protein and contains many vitamins and minerals. Eggs, milk, yogurt and cheese are good to eat too.
Don’t deny yourself sugar completely, have one or two designated treat days where you can indulge in some of your favourite foods. As long as you making an effort to live healthier overall, the odd cookie or cupcake isn’t the end of the world!
In addition, a sauna is a good source of relaxation that relieves stress, flushes toxins out of the body, increases circulation and helps to reduce muscle soreness and ease arthritic pain.
An important factor: a high intake of salt can have a negative impact on your blood pressure. Research shows people with high blood pressure are more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke.
It’s surprising how so many individuals go through life using food as a drug and choose to fight an internal battle without recognizing that they are subconsciously compensating for something else. Eating habits are generally formed early in life and can be very difficult to change. Hypnotherapy is an extremely powerful tool in helping you to break free from these long-standing habits and to take control of your eating choices.
We use CTB based integration of hypnotherapy. This is more effective than using CBT alone. The self-awareness that CBT offers, makes it a highly successful way to change behaviour, embed and consolidate new thinking, as well as aiding deep relaxation by addressing the emotional blocks and old beliefs that have been restricting your life. hypnotherapy for sugar cravings, can be used as a really effective way to control your sweet tooth.