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How to disable cravings?

Do you find yourself craving another treat only two hours after munching on a doughnut? Do you reach for a candy bar to get you through an afternoon slump — and then reach for a cola to get out of your post-slump slump? Is that bag of potato chips calling your name? One minute, you’re going about your day and the next, you find yourself going for a cupcake, and before you know it, you’re licking butter cream frosting off your fingers. What happened?? You were in the clutches of a food craving!!

Cravings occur when your limbic system structures become aware of an opportunity to accumulate fuel (eat). If the food is available at the moment, it will signal to your concious mind the desire to eat. If it is not available because you saw a picture only, the craving will remain dormant until the opportunity arises. At that point in time you will become aware of the craving. To disable the craving you have a short window of time to act. If you vacillate you lose!

To successfully deny a craving:

A) acknowledge the pleasure of yielding to the temptation (3 secs.),

B) recite the cons of yielding to the temptation such as, it would derail your progress, you will feel out of control, you’ll hate yourself, etc (4 secs.), and

C), engage your mind in thinking of a real issue that you are dealing with in your personal life or at work; your children, your business, your elderly parents, the planned remodeling etc. (1 sec.).

The premise is that you can’t have two thoughts at the same time. As soon as you stop thinking about the potential pleasure, the craving will subside and release it’s hold on you.

According to Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD, a dietitian and American Dietetic Association (ADA) spokeswoman, “Sweet is the first taste humans prefer from birth.” Carbohydrates stimulate the release of feel-good brain chemicals that calm and relax us, and offer a natural “high,” When you’re under stress, your body releases the hormone cortisol, which signals your brain to seek out rewards in comfort foods loaded with sugar and fat. Use the method above or get up and go. When a sugar craving hits take a walk around the block, change your scenery, distract yourself with a non-food-related activity, walk the dog, do push-ups or call a friend.

You may need more than one strategy to thwart sugar cravings. Mix it up. One week you may find success with one tactic, and another week calls for an alternative approach. What’s important is to “have a ‘bag of tricks’ to try,” The Igen Process’ trial and error feature lets you figure out what works for you. Lastly, go easy on yourself. It takes time to get a handle on your cravings.

How to disable cravings