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The-Delay-for-10 Technique to Crush Your Crazy Cravings™

When people meet me or hear me speak, one of the most Frequently Asked Questions they ask me is:
 
“Connie, how can I overcome my sugar or carb cravings? It’s really hard to turn down a dessert or carb snack when it’s right there, in front of me!'”
 
Those first few seconds or minutes after cravings strike are really important.
 
If you give in to your cravings, you can ruin weeks or even months of eating cleanly and sugar-free; you can begin a downward spiral and awful binge cycle that leads to massive weight gain; and you may even hate yourself for lacking willpower and being so weak.
 
Sound familiar? When cravings pounced on my after a grueling year of helplessly watching my Mom lose the battle to cancer, my fascination with cravings was re-ignited.
 
That’s why, in the past few years — as a health journalist, health coach, and author, I’ve been creating, researching or finding tactics to Crush Your Crazy Cravings™, as I now call it.
 
Here’s my easy, powerful, effective tactic, which has helped my clients and me a lot.

It’s my Delay-Away-for-10 Tool, and it’s so easy, powerful, and effective that you’ll wonder why you never tried it in the first place.

It’s this: Simply DELAY before you put any sugar or dessert foods in your mouth.stop cravings for sweets

That’s right, DELAY before you something that you’ll later regret such as when you look at your scale a day or two later or when your pants don’t fit anymore or when you become edgy and unfocused after your Sugar High.

Let’s be honest: If you do mindlessly nosh on those fast-acting sweets or much-like-sugar carbs™ into your mouth, won’t you become feel headachy, wiped out, spaced out, moody, depressed or even angry at yourself (and maybe your loved ones)?

Let me introduce you to the Delay Away Your Sugar Cravings Method™. I refer to it as the Creative Sugar Procrastination™ Tactic).

Think about it: Most of us excel at putting things off or procrastinating, right?

We have every good intention to clear off our desks, donate old clothes, organize our drawers, ditch (recycle) those not-needed papers, help kids with their homework, throw out the garbage, etc.

Clearly, all of us have things we’ve been planning to do but we just haven’t got around to doing it.

Well, I invite you to change your attitude about procrastinating. It can be a wonderful, Won’t-Have-Sugar-Just-Yet Strategy.

I hit upon this simple, but powerful technique when I reluctantly kicked sweets and refined carbs on doctor’s orders. To this day, I continue to be amazed at how easy, effortless, and darn effective it is to just delay.

What’s so wonderful about this Delay Away Method is that people of all ages—unless maybe you’re a tot—can easily learn this tactic.

So, here’s how to do it: Just promise yourself to delay eating that tempting “treat” for 10 minutes. You can do that, of course!

In other words, you will Delay Away Your Sugar Cravings for 10 minutes at a time. Then, you can delay over and over again — for another 10 minutes — for a while, like an hour even. It’s that easy!

Now think ahead to the next morning when you’re so relieved and proud of yourself that you didn’t cave into your cravings.

Here are 7 ways You Can Delay Away Your Cravings.

  1. First delay 10 minutes before you eat that cookie, candy bar or brownie that’s calling out to you. When you do that, you begin to detach from your destructive impulses.
  2. When you delay for 10 minutes, then another 10 minutes, and another 10 minutes, your cravings will subside while you get involved with other things. At that point, you’ll also be able to put your cravings into proper perspective.
  3. When you Delay Away Your Cravings, you’re taking powerful, positive, health-promoting action by simple inaction. Yes, doing absolutely nothing can be pivotal when you kick or cut back on sweets and quickie carbs.
  4. When you delay with deliberation, you turn procrastinating into a useful, proactive skill. Procrastinating becomes a good thing!
  5. Taking “time out” from tempting junk foods can help you find otu what your’e really craving. Is your body really needing cookies, cake, and pretzels? Of course not! Your Amazing Body might instead be begging you for water, fresh vegetables and fruits, high-quality protein or healthy fats?
  6. When you delay, you can get in touch with your true feelings. By putting your sugar binging on hold for 10 minutes or more, you can figure out what the heck is really going. Ask yourself, “Why do I feel like I must have these sweets now?”
  7. When you delay, you’ll be so proud of yourself! You’ll be filled with a longer-lasting joy than the very short-lived, self-defeating immediate gratification you’d get from a cookie. What is your real goal? Are you seeking to shed excess weight, get more energy, concentrate better, improve your health and boost your libido? So delaying gives you a chance to think about what you really want rather than suffer the consequences of your moment of weakness.)
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