So how you can crush your sugar cravings for better health? For a few years now one of my most popular services has been helping people go sugar free or reduce their sugar intake.
Going sugar free is like giving up smoking
Sugar is an addictive substance. But I see it a lot like giving up smoking with two elements. There is the physical addiction and then the habit. Removing the sugar from the body can be done quite easily by just not having it for a few days. The habit needs to be addressed by changing your mindset.
This is where my skills as an advanced Hypnotherapist make the difference. I help you use the power of your mind to move towards a life that doesn’t depends on sugar for energy, happiness or satisfaction. You see, that’s just a belief that you have. This is the same process I use to help people stop smoking. Just like smoking, people carry on abusing their body for years because they are trapped. You can be sugar free (quite easily).
The sugar free authors
There are lots of books about going sugar free available, with some very yummy recipes! Here are a few of my favourites:
Whilst I love their books and recipes, what these books are not able to address is the mental and emotional need and desire for sugar. For many people, this is stronger than the physical need. Which is why my sugar free programme is different. It has the Hypnotic recording that you can listen to as often as you want or need to.
What’s the problem with eating sugar anyway?
For the occasional and moderate sugar eater, there might not be a problem. But if you someone that uses it as an emotional crutch or find yourself addicted, it can make you feel bad about yourself, not to mention the damage it does to your body (which I will cover in future blog posts).
I have ridden the sugar roller coaster myself and know I don’t like how it feels when I am eating lots of sugar. I know what my own symptoms of sugar eating are. You might recognise some of these as yours:
- Energy dips. So tired at times in the day you feel like you need to have a sleep because you just can’t function
- Out of control. An insatiable desire for sugary foods. Looking for the next ‘fix’
- Worrying how you will function without it
- Using it as a source of pleasure
- Spending lots of money on sugary foods.
- Falling into a ‘savoury’ then ‘sweet’ trap. This one reminds me of Christmas binging but the problem is it is happening every day
- Weight gain
- Lack of glow
- Small pimples on skin
- Disrupted sleep
- Mood swings
- Worry about eating too much sugar and its effects on your body
- Feeling addicted.
- Guilt about setting a bad example to your children
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Sugar is addictive and easy to get your hands on. Unfortunately it is also hidden in a lot of the food and drink you consume and you might not even realise it. But it is not good for you. Your body is not designed to cope with large amounts of sugar and whilst most things, sugar is ok in moderation, but maybe sugar is a problem they you would rather be without.
What is the process for Crushing Your Sugar Cravings?
I have been helping crush their sugar cravings face to face and on Skype for years . I have now devised an effective online programme for you to use in your own home. I have my Hypnosis skills and nutritional experience to devise a programme that lets you cleanse your body of sugar naturally and change your mindset towards eating sugar. You can buy the online programme here for £19.99.
You will need a blender to make the recipes, because for 3 days you will be having home made health drinks to cleanse your body of sugar and remove those sugar cravings. You listen to the Hypnotic recording as often as you want to and notice your thoughts and feelings towards sugar and the way you nourish yourself changing. For good!
How will you feel when you Crush Your Sugar Cravings?
The first thing is a sense of freedom! When you are addicted to sugar, it can feel like it is controlling you. Removing those craving and the feeling that you ‘need sugar’ sets you free.
The Crush Your Sugar Cravings programme I have carefully designed have designed will make overcoming your sugar addiction easy. At the same time it will fill your body with nutrients and made you feel amazing. Some of the benefits you can expect by completing these programme are:
- It will stop the misery of sugar filled days and guilt around eating too much sugar
- It will put you in control of your nutrition
- You will feel amazing and find your glow
- You will have the satisfaction of overcoming your addiction
- You complete the course at a time that suits you and the course is yours to keep
- You get access to a likeminded community for unlimited support
- You may lose weight
- You will be taking steps to improve your health
This is your way to break your sugar addiction and feel fantastic in just 3 days.
The way this programme works is you drink the specially devised ‘health drinks’ for 3 days. That’s right, no solid food, just the drinks. The reason for this is by not having to fully digest food, your body can focus on extracting the nutrients from the ‘health drinks’ you will be having. With these nutrients filling your body you will feel amazing. And when you feel that amazing, believe me, you won’t want to spoil it with sugar.
The body also uses a huge amount of energy digesting food. So by drinking easy to digest drinks for 3 days, you will have increased energy levels which make you feel even more amazing. Maybe you haven’t had good energy for a while and you will absolutely love having some now by following this programme.
If you think that sounds difficult, it won’t be. You have a Hypnotic recording to support you and harness the power of your mind to achieve this and start your new life of energy without addiction.
Don’t delay, start your journey to freedom from sugar today
You can buy the online course right now. Please pass the details on to your friends who have been talking about going sugar free too.
Sweet and sour
The other day I heard some children talking about peoples’ reactions when they played their game of sweet and sour.
Apparently sweet and sour game is where you sit in the back of a Volvo and wave at strangers in others cars. If they wave back they are sweet and if they don’t they are sour! I heard about how one man had showed them a doughnut and another man did a salute. They thought this was great. Children find lots of ways to have fun for free.
Adults can have fun for free too. You might get some funny looks if you play sweet and sour but here are some ideas of things you can do for free.
- Go to the sea
- Take a course, there are free courses available at future learn
- Cook something or invent a new dish
- Cloud watch…….. Oh sorry I’m back. I just got distracted by some clouds!
- Put some of your favourite photos in a collage
- Read. Even if you hate reading there must be a book that you would enjoy. There are sites that find books you might like. Try whatshouldireadnext
- Music changes your mood in 3 seconds. Choose a belter and sing your heart out. These girls are funny!
- Be a tourist in your own city. I did this recently in Brighton and had a lot of fun
- Make your Family tree. Free at most libraries
- Walk in nature
- Go window shopping to see what you don’t need to buy!
- Create something. A scarf, pen pot, book, shed
- Find a group near you on Meet Up. If you can think of it, there’s a group for it!
- Watch inspiring Ted talks
- Look at some art to inspire you or make you wonder what it is!
- Explore. On foot. On a bike. In the car
- Try creative writing or even a blog
- Create a new outfit out of your existing clothes
- Watch animals
- Learn a new skill
- Try some adult colouring
- Create a mission for yourself – maybe see all the Royal Parks or local parks in your area? Visit all the libraries? Find the local markets?
- Help someone else – Radio 1 have a great thing at the moment where you can give an hour to help others
- Grow something
You will notice that most of these you can do alone. This is because if you make your own fun and happiness first, you become self-sufficient in your happiness and rarely bored and lonely.
I would love to hear your ideas of free things to do. Please add them to the comments and share them!
Here’s the plan:
- Read your gratitude list often
- Make sure Mind COP is on patrol
- Pick one list from the list, do it and see how you feel
- Feel free to share this post on facebook or twitter!
- Like me on facebook
Happy hug 🙂
Is this your Mind COP?
Yesterday you met your own mind COP by imagining what you mind COP looked like, sounds like, wears…
Maybe one of these?
Today we are going to look at how your mind COP will catch those criminal negative thoughts and keep your mind safe. For the past week you have been keeping a note of your negative mind chatter in your notebook. Now is the time to have a good look at what you have written and start working on making some changes to how that chatter might make you feel bad.
Let’s see mind COP in action.
Catch them: You’ve been catching mind chatter for nearly a week. You should have a pretty good idea of what yours is saying to you and who your criminals are.
Own them: These are your thoughts. You created them. You can acknowledge them. Consider them and choose whether to discard them or whether to arrest them.
Protect yourself: You protect yourself by arresting the negative thoughts, examining the evidence and deciding whether to charge them or give them a warning.
Here’s an example based on the losing your job example negative thoughts we looked at yesterday. Read each thought from left to right to see how Mind COP works.
|‘I should have worked harder’
||I did work hard though
||Maybe they didn’t really appreciate me?
|‘Why didn’t I take that course to learn more’
||I did a lot of development in that role
||This is a chance to learn something new
|‘I’m no good’
||Is everything I’ve ever done no good?
||I’ve achieved a lot
||With those that love me?
||I matter to the people that matter to me
||I was one of 10
||I will find a better fit
|‘I’m not clever’
||I was the problem solver
||I need a new challenge
|‘I’ll never get another job’
||Have you tried?
||I wonder what job I will love?
You can see how Mind COP is examining each thought and looking at it in a different way. One thought does not make a truth. One thought may seek evidence from the subconscious to support it, but Mind COP doesn’t fall for this.
Mind COP is objective and realizes that thoughts tell stories but their alibi is weak when questioned. Mind COP wants to hear from the witnesses and sort out those criminal negative thoughts.
You tell fibs
You see when you tell think a negative thought it’s probably not true and your Mind Cop might make this face!
So the next time those pesky criminal negative thoughts are doing a ‘wrong un’ in your mind, just see them scarper when Mind COP comes along and bangs them to rights.
Your time is precious, don’t waste it
How much of your precious life are you going to spend thinking negatively?
Think about it, how much time are you going to think about negative situations, obsess about the things that went wrong it your life, worry about things that happen or might never happen? Two hours a day? Which is 14 hours a week. Which is 60 hours a month. Which is 730 hours a year. Which is 30 DAYS A YEAR of feeling bad. What could you do in 30 days? A lot! In our example of losing the job, that is 30 days of enjoying the freedom of not working and exploring options for a new career whilst feeling happier.
Life is full of twists and turns, ups and downs and change. By learning to manage your thoughts you will be more resilient in the tough times and happier on the whole. You are not your past, your current situation or what people say about you. You are so much more than that and you can shine.
- Write your own table of negative mind chatter in the same format as above and set your mind COP to work
- Read your gratitude list often
- See you tomorrow
Happy hug 🙂
Our third guest blogger is Claire Hunt from Worthing. Claire is at Breathing Spaces Garden Therapy which is a Community Interest Company in Worthing. Here Claire shares healthy eating that works for her.
Healthy Eating – 10 Things That Work for Me by Claire Hunt
1. Start the day with a home-made probiotic smoothie
Pictured – kefir
My digestion and health has improved massively since I started eating milk kefir for breakfast. It’s quick and easy to make your own from a starter culture of probiotic bacteria and yeast. Just add whole milk, leave for 24 hours, strain and top up again with fresh milk. I add seasonal or frozen fruit, green leaves, ground seeds like hemp, linseed or chia, bee pollen, coconut oil and almond butter. A great start to the day for your gut. I have been known to take it with me when I am away, but you can rest it in the fridge for a couple of weeks. You pass on some kefir grains to other people as they multiply. (People with a lactose intolerance would need to take advice.)
2. Reduce sugar intake
Pictured – plate of fruit
I had to do this because of recurrent candida but it is increasingly accepted that sugar is bad for your health, addictive and makes us put on weight. It’s added to so many foodstuffs, even savoury ones. Refined sugar is worse, but all sugar, even naturally occurring ones, have the same effect on your brain and body, so go easy on all forms. I eat mainly low-sugar fruits, like berries and apples, and over time your sweet tooth loosens its grip. I occasionally relax the rule for something special or an occasion but I don’t enjoy really sweet things now.
3. Take a break from wheat and gluten
Pictured – My ‘superfood bread’
The debate about gluten intolerance rumbles on, but I found that when I stopped eating wheat and gluten grains I felt better, my digestion improved, I had more energy, and I stopped having arthritis-like pain in my hands. I love bread, pizza and pasta, so it has been hard. I sometimes eat home-baked spelt bread and quality sourdough but mainly make a substitute ‘Superfood Bread’ from ground almonds, brown rice flour and seeds (‘Deliciously Ella’). Brown rice pasta is not too bad, but on the whole I prefer to eat something else rather than feel disappointed. Beware gluten-free ready-made products, they can contain a lot of sugar, and starch that quickly turns to sugar. For reference, read ‘Wheat Belly’ and ‘Gut’.
4. Do more cooking
Pictured – tray baked code with vegetables and pizzas going into a cob oven
If you want to avoid sugar, wheat and gluten it becomes inevitable that you have to do more cooking and baking so you can control what you eat. You have to find ingredients and some recipes that you love, get into a mindset that enjoys and makes time for cooking as a priority, rather than feel it is a chore. There are some great books available – Deliciously Ella, Eat Nourish Glow, Medicinal Chef. By Ella Woodward, Dale Pinnock and Amelia Freer
5. Find some go-to treats
Pictured – energy balls
You need some things up your sleeve for when you need a treat. Mine are home-made muffins (Wheat Belly), fruity flapjack (Medicinal Cook)., raw cacao energy bombs and homemade almond butter (Deliciously Ella).
6. Grow and eat a rainbow
Pictured – homegrown vegetables and apples
I am not vegetarian but I eat a lot of veg, when it is in its season, and trying to get as much of the rainbow into each meal as possible to cover all the different nutrients that those colours represent. I use a local veg box scheme and I try to grow some of my own. Growing, cooking and eating well go satisfyingly together and each complements the other. Mental Health Awareness Week, Offington Park Church, has a Gardening and Health theme on Monday 10th October and a Food and Mood theme on Wednesday 12th October.
7. Embrace different grains
Pictured – quinoa
Quinoa is tasty once you learn to cook and flavour it well and it is full of protein not gluten. Use cold water, twice as much water as grain, and cook until all the water has gone (about 10 mins). I mix in tahini, lemon and olive oil when it has cooled and you can add herbs, spices etc to taste. I make a batch that will last three days so it is ready cooked when I need it. Buckwheat flour makes great pancakes, and you can toast the grains and then cook like rice.
8. Eat more mindfully
Instead of eating on the move, watching TV, reading a book or chatting, try eating at least one meal a day when you are fully present and doing nothing else than experiencing eating. Really notice what is happening, the smell, taste, texture. Also notice what effect different foods might have on your body and mood. Read ‘The De-Stress Effect’, Charlotte Watts.
9. Explore fermented food
Pictured – Making sauerkraut
Kefir and sourdough are fermented food but there are lots of others to try and the health benefits are well documented. I am currently making and drinking beetroot kvass by fermenting beetroots in salt water for 6 days. I have started brewing kombucha, a delicious fizzy drink made from tea. Sauerkraut and kimchi are easy to make, probiotic and tasty alternatives to pickles and chutney. Apple cider vinegar is a great way to use windfall apples and retains the goodness of the fermentation process, the ‘mother’.
10. Enjoy food
I mostly don’t feel it’s a sacrifice or that I am denying myself to avoid food that isn’t good for me. I enjoy food and drink made from good quality ingredients with time, care and passion. For more ideas about gardening therapy, food and wellness, come and see Breathing Spaces We Are Food Pioneers and other foodies and growers at Green Dreams, October 2nd, Field Place.
A note from Honey….
Thank you Claire for those fantastic ideas and pictures.
What this blog is:
- This is a 30 day blog about health eating where different people will share their thoughts and experience
- This is a non-judgmental place of inspiration
- This is a place to learn, pick up tips and think about your own eating
What this blog isn’t:
- This isn’t a weight loss plan. Although losing weight is often a by-product of eating a healthier diet! I do help people lose weight with Hypnotherapy but that is not the purpose of this blog.
- It isn’t a place to feel regret about the situation of your health right now. Today is a chance to make changes!
Do you know what you are eating?
Yesterday’s product was caramel digestives.
Can you guess today’s product from it’s ingredients?
Let us know in the blog or facebook comments! I will let you know the answer here tomorrow.
Here’s the plan:
- Read the blog each day. Get involved. comment, share your thoughts and wisdom
- If you want to be accountable and use this as an opportunity to improve your diet and see how much better you can feel in just 30 days then go for it
- Find me on Facebook, my website, on twitter
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See you tomorrow.
Healthy hug 🙂