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Beat the sugar cravings with 6 simple CBT techniques

Why did the chocolate chip cookie go to the doctor?

Because it was feeling crummy!

No need for a doctor, just a little bit of mindfulness when craving sweet treats. So, how do you stop the need to have that piece of chocolate? It can be the middle of a busy day, a work meeting, or maybe after a good healthy metabolic balance meal. Chocolates, cookies, cakes, and even the simplest of sweets like a stick of gum can bring back those sweet cravings. It is a vicious circle, and the quicker you break the cycle the better for your body and mind.

Here's 6 techniques used to beat those cravings, all based on Cognitive-behavioral therapy:

  1. Identify your triggers: Is it stress? Boredom? PMS? Knowing what's causing those cravings can help you prepare better.

  2. Challenge your thoughts: Stop telling yourself you have no willpower and that you'll never be able to resist temptation. Instead, channel your inner superhero and say "I am capable of making healthy choices!" or "I'm the boss of my taste buds!"

  3. Be mindful: Be like a Yogi and practice mindfulness. It can help you become more aware of your thoughts and feelings without judging yourself. Remember, there are no "bad" foods - only "good," "better," and "best" choices.

  4. Distract yourself: If the cravings are hitting hard, distract yourself with some fun activities. Take a walk, sing your favorite song, or do a little boogie! If you are out in public, why not, if anything you have a change of making someone smile!

  5. Plan ahead: Don't be caught off guard! Plan ahead for those situations where you might be tempted to indulge in sweets and chocolate. Carry some healthy snacks, or eat a healthy meal before going to an event where you know there'll be a candy bar.

  6. Practice moderation: Remember, everything is good in moderation! So go ahead and indulge a little, but keep it in check. Be mindful of portion sizes, savor the moment, and most importantly, enjoy your food!

You may wonder how it all fits with your personalised meals and the strict hours for eating. Well, in Phase 3 you can have the all-so-popular treat meals. You can have that chocolate banana fondue or a couple of pieces of chocolate brownie with a nice cup of coffee after you have indulged in a smokey BBQ beef burger with all the toppings. No, it won't affect the weight you've already lost, it won't erase all the efforts you have put in and it won't be difficult the next day to get back on the programme. It's all part of the big healthy healthy healthy plan! Don't forget, we are changing your habits for eating healthy foods, we are working towards building a healthy identity and mindset. We don't want to blindly follow rules, we want to just enjoy life.

If you want to discuss how you can beat those cravings with the metabolic balance programme and create the healthy lifestyle you've always wanted, write to and get your free consultation.


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