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Day 17:

Mind/Body Tips to Conquer Sugar Cravings

Day 17 - Mind Body Tips to Conquer Cravings

Experts have scientifically proven that the mind/body connection has a direct, intimate impact on our physical, mental, and emotional health. So when it comes to conquering sugar cravings, why not call upon the power of the mind to banish those urges? Today Andrea reviews some effective ways to do this.

Try one of these mind/body techniques the next time you have a sugar craving. Post your favorite technique on social with #BarbarasSugarReset!

~ The Barbara’s Team


Some of the more commonly used mind/body techniques, including meditation, yoga, visualization, and self-hypnosis, lend themselves well to tackling sugar cravings. Each of these techniques have been shown to provide effective ways to manage intense feelings, so the next time you have a sugar craving try one of these mind/body techniques to ward off those sugar demons! 

  • In one of the few scientific studies of the topic, a team of Canadians found that mindfulness meditation was helpful in reducing cravings for chocolate. Participants who practiced meditation for two weeks and focused on distancing themselves from their sweet craving after they acknowledged it were significantly more successful at reducing their cravings than volunteers who did not practice this meditative approach.[1] Here is a short meditation you can try in the comfort of your own home on conquering cravings: http://www.yogajournal.com/meditation/mindful-eating-meditation-manage-food-cravings/. 
  • Self-hypnosis. Self-hypnosis has been reported to be effective in managing addiction to tobacco, alcohol, and drugs anecdotally and in some limited studies, so this approach seems to be a good fit for sugar cravings.[2] You can learn self-hypnosis from a professional after just a few lessons or by using self-taught CDs and videos. 
  • Yoga. The three basic elements of yoga—poses, breathing, and meditation—are an effective recipe for calming the racing craving mind and relaxing the body. A few lessons from a professional can be most helpful, but you also can learn fundamentals from videos online. When a sugar craving hits, you can get some relief by turning to the power of your mind and body by practicing yoga.[3] 
  • Visualization. Use of visualization is truly a mind-over-matter experience and has been used by many people to overcome addictions.[4] You can learn visualization easily at home using audio that will help you create the positive mental experience to ward off sugar cravings. Positive visualization allows you to improve concentration and focus on your goal. You can use visualization just about anywhere, anytime! Here is a great place to start: http://www.fragrantheart.com/cms/free-audio-meditations.

[1] Lacaille J et al. The effects of three mindfulness skills on chocolate cravings. Appetite 2014 May 1; 76:101-12 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195666314000804

[2] Page RA, Handley GW. The use of hypnosis in cocaine addiction. American Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy 1993 Oct; 36(2): 120-23 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8259763

[3] The Addiction Recovery Guide. Yoga. http://www.addictionrecoveryguide.org/holistic/yoga

[4] Kominars KD. A study of visualization and addiction treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 1997 May-Jun; 14(3): 213-23. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9306297

 

 


Andrea Donsky, B. COMM, is an Author, Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.), Editor-in-Chief, and Founder of NaturallySavvy.com. Her passion is to inspire people to make enlightened choices for healthy living. Andrea has combined her background and expertise as both a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and an entrepreneur to educate the public on living an organic and non-GMO lifestyle through the creation of her businesses, books, articles, videos, speeches, and media appearances.