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For many people who blow their diets, Monday is often the day they plan to finally get back on track with their diet.
Monday is when reality hits hard. Over the weekend, many ate chips, candies or other unhealthy, processed foods or drinks.
“I’ll start a diet again on Monday,” many clients have confessed to me.
Monday, and even Sunday night, is often when self-loathing and excessive self-recriminations set in. So let’s put Monday remorse to our advantage.
Join us on what I call Cravings-Crushing Monday.
Monday, after a weekend of blowing your diet, you want to begin to take charge and consider why you were triggered and why those triggers led to overpowering, insidious, can’t-ignore, Crazy Cravings™, as I call them.
Eating Popcorn is Like Overdosing on Sugar! A Cravings-Crushing Monday Feature
What’s one of the first things you do upon arriving in a movie theater? When accosted by the tantalizing sights, sounds and smells of movie popcorn, many buy a bucket of the stuff.
Nearly four years ago — while reeling after the death of my mother, her inadvertent abuse of me and my resulting PTSD — I found it tough to pass up on movie popcorn.
Never before has popcorn held such massive, overpowering allure to me. For months after Mom died, I was trapped in a huge movie popcorn-eating cycle. Usually, I didn’t even care (or notice) that the popcorn didn’t taste that great.
I just couldn’t get enough of the fiber-stripped, nutrient-lacking carbs.
Within a few months, my popcorn bingeing, along with other “carb sinning,” made me gain 21 unwanted pounds, as well as often feel anxious, confused, sluggish, depressed, and overly emotional.
Sure, I wasn’t eating sugar, but of course, I was lying to myself. Worse still, I was in major sugar denial. After all, Popcorn = Fast Carbs = Sugar.
Cravings-Crushing Monday (In Advance) Because of the Long July 4 Weekend
Independence Day in the United States is, of course, in the height of the picnic season. That means you’ll be offered and partake of a veritable feast of sugar-laden snacks and main courses — whether you know it or not.
If you suffer from sugar cravings — or even if you don’t — this holiday can be tricky, especially if you aren’t armed with the right information.
You don’t need to be a nutritionist to know that it’s best to avoid sugar-sweetened cookies, brownies or cake cake—no matter how patriotically you decorate them.
But the Sneakiest Sugars in Disguise often grace your picnic tables.
And you wonder why you get Crazy Cravings after your ostensibly healthy meal?
Here’s a list of some popular picnic favorites and better options, which will help you to get through the day (or any sugar-laden holiday) feeling good.
Remember, the American Heart Association recommends that you limit your daily intake of added sugars to no more than 6 teaspoons if you’re a woman, or 9 teaspoons if you’re a man. And, as I’ve shared, I always advise eating less.
So here are a few tips to avoid big picnic offenders, many of which aren’t even sweet. (more…)
A Cravings-Crushing Monday Feature: My First Interview in Years for the Free Yourself From Dieting... Losing Weight from the Inside Out Summit
This week, for Cravings-Crushing Monday, I’m going to share one ridiculously easy way to get a handle on your popcorn bingeing. However, this week, instead of writing about the tool, I’m urging you to listen to my first interview in about three years so you can discover how to take control of your popcorn intake while in the movie theater or when you’re on the run.
Cravings-Crushing Monday™ Presents a Fast, Easy Tool
One of the tastiest ways to nix your sugar cravings is with a spice you probably have in your cupboard right now: Cinnamon.
You may know this culinary spice for the warm, aromatic flavor it gives baked goods.
Cinnamon, in my opinion, is one undervalued space.
Indeed, cinnamon has been treasured for more than 3,000 years for its medicinal properties.
For instance, cinnamon has been used to treat muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhea, infections, the common cold, loss of appetite, erectile dysfunction and many other conditions. Pretty impressive for an ingredient derived from the bark of a small evergreen tree.
Have you ever watched a magician perform a trick in which your attention was distracted long enough for you to be completely fooled by what that person is doing?
You can easily perform a similar sleight of hand to diminish or ditch your food cravings. And like other Cravings-Crushers I share, this is simple, but powerful.
Although I’ve been recommending distraction as an easy, effective Cravings-Crushing technique for years, there’s now legitimate research, which validates this simple tool. What’s especially wonderful is that even people, who are highly sensitive to visual cues can use this fast method.
Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to distract yourself, given the proliferation of transportable video games and phone apps such as Angry Birds and Subway Surfers.
Although I like to call this technique “Distract Away Your Cravings,” psychologists and brain researchers use the fancy phrase, “mental resource blocking.” Now, learn more about these fascinating findings.
The Science: In two separate studies done in Holland, brain researchers at the Leiden University Institute for Brain and Cognition tested two large groups of people to determine their sensitivity to food cues and the intensity of the cravings these cues triggered. Then the scientists tested the study participants after they distracted themselves from their food cravings by solving a puzzle. (more…)
Cravings-Crushing Mondays Feature™: Most of You Have Tried to Stop Indulging “Too Many Times to Remember.”
The results are in: You want your chocolate (several times a day) and dream of cookies, cakes and pastries.
In my recent survey focusing on cravings, the data indicates that all of the above are the big culprits when it comes to triggering your food cravings. But even if you give in “too many times” to your food cravings—as most of you revealed—there is good news.
You’re not alone. Of the 100 respondents who shared their cravings-profiles, 31 percent admitted that they give in to unwanted food urges at least twice a day.
Plus, nearly half (48 percent) reported that they fall victim to food cravings at least five to ten times in a week. But you don’t just crave sweets. Many of you also yearn for a toxic mix of sweets and salty, fatty snacks.
Here are some interesting statistics that should serve as your wake-up call to make some real changes in the name of health:
Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of survey respondents said they get hit by salt, carb or fat cravings at least three times a day, and some (19 percent) reported craving-attacks four, five, up to ten times a day.
Nearly four in ten (39 percent) of those surveyed said they had over 11 food cravings a week.
What gives breathwalking its curative powers, according to researchers, is the combination of walking (which stimulates the circulatory system to improve brain function, release hormones, and elevate mood) and synchronized breathing, which calms the metabolism, stabilizes heart rate, and releases the serotonin ‘feel good’ hormone. (more…)
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