How to Stop Sugar Cravings

How to Overcome Mental Sugar Cravings

  • Journalling through your feelings. Instead of trying to distract yourself, which can work as a method as well to get over sugar cravings. Journalling and focusing on your feelings can help to bring longer-term success in living sugar-free. It can also help you focus and get over the worst days. It will help you understand the nature of addiction and your symptoms more, and will most likely provoke research into areas that are not that clear yet in your mind, making you into a sugar-free living expert!
  • Associate with sugar-free people. It is a good idea to talk to people who are sugar-free, because this will inspire and motivate you, which in turn will make cravings seem less of a problem. Find sugar-free people online, read blogs and books about quitting sugar and watch documentaries, such as 'Raw for 30 Days' or 'Hungry for Change'.
  • Daily positive affirmations. These can really reset your mind and change your life. You can record them on your phone and listen to them two or more times a day.
  • Staying with your feelings and thoughts, not trying to distract yourself. This is important with any longer-term life change for reasons discussed here.
  • Learning to work with your body's 'felt sense'. Similarly to the point above, this will give you more tools to understand your body and your emotions.
  • Hypnosis, in the form of self-hypnosis or with a professional can focus your subconscious mind to love being sugar-free. One form of self-hypnosis are subliminal audio files.
  • Reduce sugar gradually instead of going cold turkey if you find that this makes it easier for you. I personally prefer cold turkey but this approach often causes people to yoyo between very healthy diets and very unhealthy ones. I have plenty of experience of the yoyo-effect myself!
  • Give yourself a lot of time and space to digest all the feelings that come up when you are stopping to anaesthetize yourself with sugar or another food or drug of choice. In fact usually a life change requires some time and space for self-reflection. You may have to become a social hermit for a while or take time off work if you feel like you need it. That's why retreats and sugar rehab centres can be much more enjoyable ways of quitting than continuing with life as usual (just suddenly without one of your props, sugar). But you can also create your own retreat environment at home.
  • Cultivate diverse interests that provide meaning to your life. Understand that problems are usually transient and that life isn't always meant to be pleasurable. You may have to find new activities in your life that promote health and sugar-free lifestyle. It is impossible to live a life that feels full of restrictions and limitations for long but if you have like-minded people around you, lots of activities that you enjoy which go well with healthy living, and plenty of motivational material to read, watch and listen to - then you won't feel deprived or limited anymore but instead you feel like you are expanding your life and enjoying it more than before.

    Start a list of possible new activities that you might enjoy and keep adding to it when you think of new ones. Then try them out and adjust your list according to whether you liked it or not.

    If you are living on a budget, consider joining local groups who arrange hiking trips or day trips or sign up for a working holiday on an organic farm (e.g. via WWOOF or HelpX). These and other opportunities (see, e.g. 'Ethical Travel Guide' by TourismConcern) are provided all around the world - and food and accommodation are provided free against your work input.
Live your values everyday. Stay true to yourself and don't compromise because of other people, your job, or how your environment wants you to be. This goes for staying away from cakes but for other things in life as well. The more you learn to stay in touch with the real you the less likely you are to live your life in a way that doesn't serve your highest purposes.
  • Keep a list of the reasons why you want to quit sugar in your pocket, purse or wallet and read it several times a day. You can even use your screen-saver or passwords to remind yourself of your goals. Keep all writing to positive form as much as possible, this is much more effective in motivating you.

    For example: 'I love being sugar-free' or 'I love being more energetic and strong' or 'I am healing my diabetes and becoming free of the symptoms'. You can also have posters and images around which you recognise as symbols of the freedom and your new, exciting life.
  • Exposure therapy against cravings. Pick up a magazine with lots of images of sugary foods that you love, and go through them slowly, observing what feelings come up in you. Do this both after eating your stomach full and when hungry.

How to Fight Fatigue without a Sugar Rush

  • Don't push yourself too hard - you shouldn't have to feed your body sugar for it to cope with everyday life. Think about and recognize the situations when you are most vulnerable to wanting sugary foods and/or drinks and assess why you are not happy with that situation without sugar. Do you need to numb your feelings with sugar? Do you need a sugar-rush pick-up to focus or to feel less tired at that time? Why? Are you lacking energy, bored, feeling unloved, feeling not good enough, or something else? Is there an emotional need you are trying to fill or distract from? Recognise the bigger underlying problems in these moments of sugar abuse.

    I have noticed that when I am enjoying myself and do something exciting, I don't think about sugar or unhealthy foods at all! In fact I even forget to eat sometimes. So bad foods seem to go with bad emotional states, even though they are also used at times of celebration.
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  • Unless you 'kick' your adrenal glands and hormones into function with sugar, caffeine, or something else, your body's natural levels of fatigue will start to be felt. The best solution is to give up stimulants altogether and to enhance the energy levels of your body naturally. Another article dedicated to this topic is here: Eating for Energy.
  • A cold shower will get your blood pumping and your body feeling energetic. Ensure you are warm before taking a cold shower, otherwise you won't warm up properly afterwards. Put the water as cold as it will go, and start by the bottoms of each of your foot quickly with the cold water. Then run the water up each leg, briefly. Do the same with your arms, inside your hands first, then arms. Next, shower your belly, then moving up your torso and shoulders. Next, shower your face, and finally let the water fall on your head, neck and back. The whole procedure should not take more than 1 minute. Dry yourself properly and a wear little warmer clothes than usual, ensuring that you warm up properly and quickly.
  • Take a walk outside if the weather is on the cool side, this will wake you up as well.
  • Wash your face with cold water.
  • Jump and/or exercise.

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