Sugar cravings and symptoms
- Consuming sweet foods ‘just because’, even if you are not hungry.
- Consuming sugary things when you are tired or sleep-deprived (if you suffer from insomnia or if your baby or toddler keeps you awake at night) or when you feel that this is ‘the only way to get through the day’ – that these foods are your crutch in your everyday life.
- Worrying about cutting down on certain foods, particularly sweet foods.
- Feeling sluggish or fatigued from overeating (in particular sweet foods or carbohydrates in general).
- Having health or social problems because of food issues and yet keeping eating the way you do despite the negative consequences.
- You need more and more of the foods you crave to experience any pleasure or reduce negative emotions.
Not everyone agrees that there is such a thing as ‘sugar addiction’. Rather than a chemical addiction (similar to cocaine addiction for example), some research shows that the addiction is actually behavioural.
Whether you call it an addiction, an eating disorder or simply a bad habit, what is for sure is that there are signs of an unhealthy use of sugary foods and that it interferes with your daily life. You may lose control and eat more than you had planned, or/and you may have withdrawal symptoms when you skip your regular sugar ‘fix’. Low blood sugar symptoms may include anxiety, shakiness, jitteriness or even a cold sweat.
Do sugar detox diets work?
Can you beat sugar addiction by going cold turkey and going on a ‘sugar detox diet’? 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.
If you have read my blog and my story, you will know that I absolutely despise diets and am completely convinced that they do not work. Diet changes like this are even worse – they are too drastic to be realistic and long-lasting. The fact is, if you attempt something that is not sustainable – that you can only do for the short term – you ultimately go back to your old habits and most of the time put on even more weight.
What you need is to reprogramme your brain not to want (so many) sweet things. Thanks to neuroplasticity, hypnosis and conscious awareness, this is possible.
The Brain Training for Sugar Addiction Programme
This is a four-session programme created by Sheila Granger, designed to help you:
- bring your food choices to conscious awareness
- apply some proven strategies to control what you eat in a sustainable way
- find it easier to resist the appeal of those sweet things
- feel better as your metabolism begins to work as it should
How do the sessions work?
Depending on how complicated your food and weight issues are, this programme may or may not be for you. I also offer a more comprehensive, 6-month programme, called Freedom from Food for Mums, and the Virtual Gastric Band Programme, so if you are not sure which one would suit you best, do get in touch for a FREE 30-minute consultation.
If you’re not sure whether Freedom from Food for Mums is for you, doing this sugar addiction programme first can be a good introduction.
Here is how it works:
- Four sessions – three weekly sessions, and a complimentary fourth session around a month after the third session.
- The first session lasts 1.5 hours.
- The other four sessions last around 1-1.5 hour(s).
- You may need monthly follow-up sessions after the fourth session, until you are confident that you can carry on with the programme by yourself or just for a ‘boost’. These follow-up sessions last between 1 hour (£52) and 1.5 hours (£77), depending on the techniques used.
- In your first session, you will be given a handout and an mp3 to listen to every day.
- Sessions can be face to face or by Skype.
£327, to be paid upfront as you need to be committed to the whole programme.
Payments can be made by bank transfer, cash, debit card or credit card.