Is it not a fact? Sugar is something we consume everyday. It’s in our coffee, tomato sauce, cereals, or even the chocolate we love to treat ourselves to.
Together obesity and Type 2 Diabetes rank among our nation’s greatest health problem, and they are largely due to what many call a “Sugar Addiction”.
But solving this problem is actually more complicated than solving a drug addiction, because it requires reducing the drive to eat unhealthy foods without affecting the desire to eat healthy foods when hungry. With a little bit of subconscious intervention we can change how one thinks about sugar!
Understanding the affect of sugar on our brains and bodies is important to know. Sugar fuels every cell in the brain and influences brain chemicals as well. Overloading on sugary foods may alter the brain receptors that regulate how much we may eat. In laboratory studies, rats that binged on sugar had brain changes that mimicked those of drug withdrawal. In humans, just seeing pictures of ice cream or milkshakes can trigger brain activity similar to that seen in drug addicts.
Researchers think a patter of with holding and bingeing – not sugar itself may lead to addictive like behaviour and even brain changes. Sugar influences the same “Feel Good” brain chemicals including serotonin and domamine as illicit drugs.
There are symptoms of sugar addiction to include possibly consuming certain foods even if you are not happy because of cravings. Or you may worry about cutting back on certain foods, you may feel sluggish or fatigued from overeating. You may be having health or social problems because of food issues and yet you keep eating the way you do despite the negative consequences. You may need more and more of the foods you crave just to experience the pleasure or reduce the negative emotions.
You may not wish to call this an addiction, an eating disorder or simply a habit, but there are signs of unhealthy use of sugary foods. You may lose control and eat more than you planned. Or you may have withdrawal symptoms when you skip your regular sugar “FIX” Low blood sugar symptoms may include anxiety, shakiness jitters or even a cold sweat.
The sugar high when you eat cake or a cookie the sugar in that treat is called a simple carbohydrate and is quickly converted to glucose in your bloodstream. Your blood sugar levels rise and spike when simple carbs are eating alone. All simple carbs are absorbed quickly, especially the processed, soda drinks, sweets and table sugar, fruit, vegs and dairy products.
The sugar low – your pancreas releases the hormone insulin to move glucose out of the bloodstream – and into your cells for energy. As a result, experts say, your blood sugar level may drop pretty dramatically. That afternoon “SWEET” has you set up for more bad eating. When you have a very high spike followed by a very low drop, you tend to get hungry again. Low blood sugar leaves you feeling shakey, dizzy and searching for more sweets to regain that sugar high.
When Starch equals sugar – example overdoing it with bread, crackers or chips. These starchy foods are complex carbohydrates, but the body breaks them down into simple sugars. When eaten alone, without better foods, some starches such as white flour, white rice and potatoes can trigger the same surge-and-crash cycle of blood sugar seen with sugary foods. Highly refined starches are the worst culprits: white bread, crackers and pasta. Grain-based desserts can be a double-whammy of sugar and refined grains.
Can you beat the sugar addiction by going cold turkey? Some sugar detox diets urge people to eliminate everything sweet – including fruit, dairy and all refined grains – to in effect purge your system of sugar. Diet changes like this may be too drastic to be realistic. The fact is if you attempt something that is not sustainable – that you can only do for the short-term – you ultimately will go back to your old habits!
Researchers have found that sugar substitutes may leave people craving more sugar, making it harder – not easier – for them to take control. If you never get out of the sense of needing something sweet, eventually you’ll reach out for the real stuff again!
You may have heard that too many sugar splurges can lead straight down the road to diabetes. Sugar doesn’t cause diabetes, but it can trigger a chain of events that make it more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes. Eating too much sugar can contribute to weight gain as well. Being overweight makes your body more resistant to the effects of insulin, which increasses your risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
If someone is addicted to sugar, the pattern their brain has built up is one which tells their body to seek out the nearest sweet thing, eat it and enjoy the high! Their brain has gotten so used to that spark of positive energy that it thinks it needs it in order to function properly. A persons neurons tend to want to keep firing in the ways they always have, so when they’re used to firing in the patter created by sugar intake, they’re going to cause sugar cravings. We know though that through neuroplasticity, you can change the patterns in your brain to create better habits, and that’s exactly what this progam aims to do.
This Brain Training Guide for Sugar Addiction is a Three Session Program designed to help you – Bring food choices to conscious awareness – Help you to apply some sensible strategies to control what you eat in a sustainable way – To help you find it easier to resist the appeal of those sweet things. – and to help you feel better as your metabolism begins to work as it should. You will also be given a supporting recording to listen to in-between your Three Sessions.
In hypnosis, you can get rid of negative habits. You break out of patterns of thinking and living. Instead of wanting sugary soda, you reach for an apple to satisfy your cravings. As your subconscious changes, you start wanting healthy fruits and vegetables. Unlike a diet, you actually enjoy these changes. Your mind is trained to want healthy food, so you quit eating sugar painlessly.
Hypnosis can help in other ways as well. A Harvard Medical School study found that meditation and relaxation reduced cortisol levels. This chemical is made when you are under stress. When your cortisol goes up, your blood sugar increases. It hurts your adrenal glands and causes sugar cravings. Hypnosis helps boost relaxation so that your body does not crave sugar.
Through hypnosis, you will feel calmer and more relaxed. You will stop worrying about sugar and your weight. Instead, your mind develops better strategies for eating. You are able to eat in a healthy way. When someone offers you sweets, you are able to resist them. Hypnosis works with your subconscious, you are not just using willpower to control yourself. Instead, you actually want the healthier food instead of sugar.
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