Are you struggling to maintain a healthy diet due to your sugar cravings? Sugar intake has a lot of adverse effects. One of the most critical effects of sugar consumption is that it upsets your built-in automatic blood sugar regulation mechanism. Your body can swing between having very high blood sugar levels and low blood sugar levels.
After sugar consumption, you may feel anxious and panicky. When the effect wears off, you can feel tired and sluggish, which will set up a new craving. The impact of sugar on your brain is similar to that of cocaine. People struggling with sugar addiction confess, “I know I am smart and reasonable. But when it comes to sugar, I feel like I am out of control.”
Sugar can addict you in various ways, including:
- Mentally: your mind expects you to take sugar using particular triggers until you feed the sugar cravings
- Physically: sugar addiction causes an imbalance in the body that demands you eat sugar for your body to feel normal
- Emotionally: if you are addicted to sugar, you start associating it with comfort, and you use it as a substitute for the real thing. Eating more sugar becomes your source of joy.
Can hypnotherapy help you to deal with your sugar addiction problem? If yes, how?
Lose Your Sweet Tooth is a helpful hypnosis audio session that offers you control over your sugar craving. In addition, we like that you can listen to the session on your computer, mobile device, or using the app. This offers you enough flexibility to listen to the session at your best time.
We also liked the relief it gives you to not worry about gaining weight due to your sugar intake. It also offers you the power to resist sugar intake and make healthier choices.
Steps to Stop Sugar Craving
Many people have a sugar craving. Giving in to the cravings and consume a lot of sugar or binge eating can lead to addiction.
What can you do to stop sugar cravings?
Eat Healthy If You Are Hungry
It will help a lot to note that sugar craving is not the same as hunger. If you feel hungry, it is your body demanding energy. On the other hand, cravings happen because your brain asks for something that will release dopamine into the read system. So if you are hungry and you experience a craving, it will be difficult to say “No.”
If you are hungry and experience sugar cravings, the best solution will be to take a healthy meal. First, ensure your kitchen has enough pre-made meals and healthy snack food. You can take foods rich in proteins, including fish, eggs, meat, etc. Eating real food may not feel appetizing when you are experiencing cravings. However, it would help if you held on to the end to get satisfactory results.
Take a Hot Shower
If you are experiencing sugar cravings, a hot shower or bath can do the trick and eliminate the cravings.
The water should be hot enough to the extent of being almost uncomfortable. However, you should try your best so that you don’t burn your skin in the process. Allow the hot water to run over your back and shoulders for 5-10 minutes so that it heats you up. You are likely to experience a dizzy feeling like you are in a sauna when you leave the shower. Your sugar craving is likely to be gone by the time you finish the shower.
Take a Brisk Walk
Taking a brisk walk outside can also help you deal with the sugar issue. If you can run, running will be the better option. Taking a brisk walk works in two ways. First, you are getting away from the food that’s triggering the craving.
On the other hand, the walk or run helps you release endorphins, the feel-good hormone that can help say no to the craving.
Other tips that can help you deal with your sugar craving include:
- Taking a lot of water. Dehydration can be a cause of cravings.
- Talk to a friend. Get a friend who can understand what you are going through and won’t judge you. Share with them what you are going through.
- Ensure you get proper sleep. Sleeping well is vital for your overall body health and can also help prevent cravings.
- Avoid triggers. It will be best to avoid places and activities that trigger your craving for sugar.
- You might also consider avoiding artificial sweeteners.
Can a Hypnosis Session Help You to Deal With Sugar Cravings?
Hypnosis involves getting your body and mind into a deep state of relaxation. Your mind is divided into conscious and unconscious parts. The conscious is also known as the cognitive faculty, and it is responsible for evaluating, analyzing, and making decisions.
Your conscious mind tells you that sugar is not the best option for your health, and you can decide you want to change. However, you may find yourself not able to let go of your habits. On the other hand, the subconscious mind is responsible for everything that happens to us daily. It is also responsible for our feelings.
During a hypnosis session, your hypnotherapist can help you bypass the cognitive faculty and speak directly to your subconscious mind. Then, when you are in a deep state of relaxation of body and mind, the hypnotist gives you positive suggestions to replace the negative thoughts in your mind.
Probably you are struggling with weight loss due to your sugar craving; a session with a hypnotist can involve shifting your negative thoughts of inability to deal with the issue. You may require just one session to deal with the craving, while others may need several sessions.
So, how does hypnosis help you in dealing with your sugar craving?
Here are a few mindset changes that can help you deal with the challenge:
Rename the Withdrawal Symptoms
If you’ve decided to say no to sugar consumption, you may experience some physical sensations that happen as your body adjusts. The physical sensations are known as withdrawal symptoms. If you are recovering from drug addiction such as heroin, the withdrawal symptoms can include sweating, convulsions, etc., which are very demanding on your body.
How you label an experience is essential in determining how you live it. For example, if you associate sugar withdrawal with drug addiction’s negative and scary physical sensations, you might be scared to stop taking sugar.
What can you do?
Instead of focusing on the scary body sensations, you can focus on the powerful and positive choice you’ve taken to live a healthier life. Look at the sensations as just a by-product of the choice you’ve made to take care of your body. Therefore, you stop seeing yourself as a victim of the withdrawals and the master of your health.
Hypnosis helps you shift the feelings of pain, anxiety, and panic and replace them with the positive thoughts of your success.
Rewire Your Sweet Tooth Habit
Every time you take sugar, your mind derives a pleasurable effect. Therefore, you associate the time and place with the sugary reward. If you decide to stop sugar consumption, your mind will keep ringing back to the pleasurable effect, and you become agitated if you don’t satisfy the need. Thus, you may find yourself taking sugar, not because you don’t want to stop but because your mind is craving the pleasurable effect.
If you want to stop the agitation, you should focus on what you are going to eat instead of what you will not eat. For example, instead of focusing your attention on trying not to eat candy the whole day, you can focus on eating fruits. Then, you engage your subconscious to enjoy that you’ll eat fruits instead of being agitated that you won’t eat candy.
Deal With Your Emotions
Hypnotherapy helps you to deal with the root cause of your problems. For example, if you feel stressed, you can unconsciously eat sugar to help you feel relieved. Instead of looking for the cause of the stress and dealing with it, use sugar to sugar-coat your negative emotions.
However, this becomes a vicious cycle as you don’t deal with the real problem. Every time you feel anxious, stressed, or panic, you reach for sugar as an instant comfort cure. Instead of taking sugar for instant gratification, you need to self-reflect and try to find out the cause of your emotions. For example, are you having pressure from your workplace? Or is it a non-functional relationship?
By dealing with the root cause of the problem, you also deal with your sugar cravings by extension. When you are in a deep state of relaxation, your hypnotherapist will help you explore your mind and discover triggers that may be making you feel stressed or anxious. Then, you can shift the thoughts with positive affirmations of your abilities and strengths.
Our subconscious mind is the part that is resistant to change. It is where we store our emotions, habits, and beliefs. You find it difficult to deal with your sugar craving because the emotional need exists in your subconscious. Hypnosis helps put you in a relaxed state where you can communicate directly with your subconscious and make lasting changes.
Hypnosis will help you create a barrier between you and the sugar, shift your relationship with sugar, help your mind to disconnect from the need for sugar, etc. The hypnotic sessions will transform you from a slave to a master.