Sugar is addictive. Sometimes, we find ourselves really craving something sweet, or craving carbs (carbs are made of sugar). For many of us, these cravings are really strong. Strong to the extent that we could eat a whole packet of biscuits. Or eat slice after slice of bread. How can you beat these cravings? Well, the good news is, if you want to, you can. Here are three things you can try to control the cravings, and control the addiction.
Make This Rule About Sugar And Carbs
Tell yourself, you can have sugar and carbs, but ONLY if you follow this rule. No exceptions. The rule is this:
You can only eat food that contains sugar or flour if you make it yourself from scratch
You want cookies? Make them fresh yourself. You want bread? Bake it fresh yourself. You want pizza? Make the dough fresh yourself. You want cake? Bake it fresh yourself. You want pasta, make it from scratch yourself. And when you make these, only make enough to eat for one meal. No making a big batch and freezing it for later use!
If you have to go the effort of making the sweet things, or things with carbs in, from scratch, you will eat a lot less than if you go to the store and buy it ready made. If you follow this rule, you will never buy bread or cookies or cake from a store.
If you think this sounds like a big sacrifice or big hardship, I promise, you’re wrong! This is a chance for you to upgrade your cooking skills. If you learn how to make these things fresh, you’ll never go back to store bought. The fresh, homemade versions are a genuinely a million times more delicious than anything you can buy from a supermarket or takeout restaurant.
Drink Water, Not Soda Or Diet Soda
Of course, you’re not drinking regular soda. Why? Because it breaks the RULE above. Nothing with sugar in it is allowed, unless you make it from scratch yourself. It’s the RULE. No exceptions, remember? But you shouldn’t use artificial sweeteners either. They stop you breaking the addiction to sweet things. This isn’t hard. Stop buying soda – regular or diet. Drink iced water instead.
Trick Your Brain Into Forgetting About The Craving
Our cravings for sugar can be really strong. However, you can quite simply trick your brain into forgetting about them. What most people don’t know is that our conscious mind can actually only think of one thing at a time. If I say to you – “Think about an elephant” – what do you think of? In that moment, the only thing your brain was thinking about was elephants. It’s the same with sugar cravings. While you’re experiencing the cravings, all you think about is giving into them. So, the trick is to force your brain to think about something else whenever you experience an unhealthy food craving. If you’re thinking of something else, it’s physically impossible to be thinking about the craving A really good way of doing this, is to engage in a specific pre-determined activity every time you experience a food craving. Here’s a few things to try each and every time you experience a food craving:
- Do two minutes of exercise eg some pushups
- Do two minutes of vigorous house work and really focus on it eg wash and dry a plate or a glass until it shines perfectly
- Stand up still, and recite the lyrics to a favorite song in your mind. Start at the beginning, and go right through to the end
- Have something to eat or a drink with zero calories in it eg. a really large glass of water,
By the end of the two minutes, the craving should have reduced. If not, do the activity again!
Give these a try, and see if they help – they really can work! Remember, decide on the activity in advance, so you have a plan what to do when the craving comes. Have a practice. Pick an activity, and try it out – right now!
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