How to Turn Down Sugar Pushers Easily

Try This Simple, Powerful Tactic Any Time - Cravings-Crushing Monday

What can you do on a holiday weekend or any time a relative, friend or neighbor urges you to eat her or his specially prepared [chocolate cake, brownie or whatever] “treat,” which is so tempting?

How can you muster up the strength to resist that enticing “goodie” that’s full of sugar, processed flour, salt or fat, which you’re now craving?

Just get in a receptive mode to let your cravings be your teachers. When you allow your cravings to speak to you — and you listen — you’ll get tremendous power.

So here’s an Easy Trick to Turn Down Sugar Pushers:

First, Delay: First, when a relative, friend or neighbor urges you to “Just try my [piece of pie, cake, cookies or fill in the name of the junk food],” just say, “Oh thank you so much for offering. This looks delicious.” Then add, “Right now, I need to run to the restroom.” Then dash off quickly.

Next, Dawdle: While in the rest room, dawdle for one to five minutes.  Take your time to do your bathroom business. Wash your hands twice. Fix your hair or your makeup, if you’re a woman. Do some stretches or belly-tightening exercises either in the bathroom stall or in front of it. Boogie to a tune on your iPod. (If you have no music, just hum your favorite tune.) When you dawdle like this away from the tempting “treat,” you’ll feel more power and determination to stick to your healthy eating plan. Once you leave the restroom, if dessert is served on the table, take more time. Then learn something new about your dining companions on both side of you. And if dessert is offered on a buffet bar, just stay away and talk with people elsewhere.

Third, Discover: While you’re in the restroom, far from temptation, do a short discovery process. Ask yourself, “Do I really want this [junk food] or am I just worried about hurting [so-and-so’s] feelings?” Next, ask yourself, “How will I feel tomorrow if I have some of this [fill in the name of the dessert or snack food]?” Really get into the awful feeling you’d have the next day. Think about how discouraged, frustrated and angry at yourself you’d be. This is the one time I find that negative feelings can actually be constructive and productive over the long haul.

Finally, Delight: Then top off your process with deliciously sweet feelings. I’m not talking about food, or course. Just think about how when you stay away from temptation and do nothing, you’ll feel so powerful, positive and in control.  Recognize that your simple “No thank you” or simply walking away from temptation is a super-simple way to take positive, health-promoting action. In short, simple inaction is simple positive action.

That’s all you need to do to be more powerful than well-meaning Sugar Pushers.

Not only that but when you Delay, Dawdle, Discover and Delight, you’ll take pride in yourself quickly — within minutes!

You’ll be so glad that you put off this short-lived, self-defeating, immediate gustatory gratification in favor of a long-term positive outcome.

Tell your friends and loved ones about this powerful Delay, Dawdle, Discover and Delight Process.

Remember, a half hour, hour or two later or the next morning, you’ll feel so relieved and proud of yourself that you didn’t let your cravings squash you into submission.

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Clear Clutter to Move Forward

Let Go to Pave the Way for Your Awesome Life & Success - Your Motivating Monday Message

If you’re getting over a trauma, sugar addiction or heartbreak, one of the best things you can do is to clear clutter.

Even your health can suffer if you become a pack rat.

But when you clear clutter, you can get:

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When Did You Get Addicted to Carbs?

Cravings-Crushing Monday: My French Bread Visual Reminder

When did sweets or carbs first call out to you? Were you but a child or teen when you first felt a strong pull to those processed “treats”?

Apparently, carbs first captivated me when I was but a child.

Indeed, about a year or so ago, while organizing my late Mom’s photos, I found this entertaining photo of me utterly entranced with this huge roll of French bread!

My goodness — the loaf of bread was about a third my size!

Ah, this image brings back memories. While traveling with my family in France, I so fell in love with French bread, more French bread, Camembert cheese and and also Toblerone chocolate .

Join the Conversation: What is your first memory about sugar or carbs? Were you sad or glad when you turned to these “treats”?

Sniff Away Your Stress

Cravings-Crushing Monday: Another Super-Simple Tool to Calm You Down

Stress is one of the biggest reasons that people pig out on sugary, fatty, salty treats or processed carbs, which, of course, pack on the pounds.

Today’s Cravings-Crushing Monday tip is another super-simple idea, which can calm you down quickly.

It’s also one of my favorites.

Just keep a little lavender whenever you’re on the go, and when stress strikes, just inhale deeply. That’s it!

Ancient Romans used the lavender plant to scent their bathwater while other cultures have historically used it to treat depression, irritability, and insomnia. Research now shows us that lavender’s aroma can greatly diminish stress, which, as you may well know, is a prime trigger for food cravings.

The Scientific Evidence: As always, before I share a tactic, my researchers and I track down a study, which validates it. So check out the fascinating research on this super-simple Sniff Away Your Stress Tool.

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Lean on Rose Quartz to Calm You

Cravings-Crushing Monday: Get Soothed by this Stone Rather than Sugar

Most of you may associate red with the color of love (think, Valentine’s Day), but I invite you to get and cherish a heart-shaped, pink rose quartz, which has been hailed as a powerful healing crystal and as the love Stone.

 

Rose quartz can be your powerful ally in a number of ways.

To begin, it can have a calming, peaceful, soothing effect—which, of course, is far better than the temporary high you can get from sweets or quickie carbs.

What’s more, although most people think red is best for your Valentine, the color pink is also associated with love. (Naturally, it’s affiliated with breast cancer awareness, too.)

When you see pink, you evoke healing, sweetness, and safety, experts say.

“Focusing on pink is a way to do something healing and loving for yourself,” suggests herbalist and nutritional consultant Brigitte Mars.

Feng Shui experts also use pink to soothe the energy in a room, especially in the southwest area of your space, which is is connected to love and marriage.

Think about it. When do you eat sugary foods? Sure enough, you may use sweets as a substitute for love, as many of you have confided in me.

If you’d like to feel love — whether or not you have a special someone this Valentine’s Day — I invite you to rely on rose quartz.

Rose quartz also has been hailed for its ability to to help “open your heart to give and receive love” and to encourage you to “forgive others and especially yourself.”

Crystal and metaphysical experts also recommend:

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Water Can Wash Away Your Cravings

1 Easy Way to Crush Your Cravings — Cravings-Crushing Monday

This week’s Crush Your Cravings tip is so darn easy that you can do it anywhere, any time. Like most tactics I share, this one is incredibly simple. Otherwise, you may not want to do it, right?

The the next time a craving for candies, cookies or chips strikes, just drink one or two glasses of water and wait five minutes to a half-hour before eating. Yes, it’s that easy!


Bear in mind that despite its simplicity, this tool — as with all the Cravings-Crushing techniques I share — is based on solid science.

Plus, this tactic is very powerful.

Of course, you already know that drinking ample water offers many health benefits.

For those of you with weight issues, you need to know that drinking water before eating a meal or snack can reduce your cravings and appetite.

And what happens when you have less cravings?

You eat less, and you lose weight. Just check out the fascinating science:

Your Cravings-Crushing Takeaway:  This tactic is so darn easy! Just drink water before you even put food in your mouth. Doing so may reduce your cravings for sweets, carbs and other fattening foods so you’ll ramp up your weight loss.

Join the Cravings  Conversation: How has drinking water shut down your cravings and accelerated weight loss? Tell us how it worked for you.