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Just Delay to Squash Your Sugar Cravings

Jan 16, 2007

If you have problems getting your patients to limit their carb intake, you should read this new book “SUGAR SHOCK” by Connie Bennett, C.H.H.C., journalist and certified holistic health counselor, with medical consultant Stephen Sinatra, M.D., cardiologist and anti-aging expert. This well-researched book — tells the full sugar story. Thanks to enlightening interviews with some 250 experts and cutting-edge medical studies, Bennett, along with Dr. Sinatra, dish the sour scoop about sweets and reveal often-ignored pitfalls of sugars and quickie carbs.

This week we have a feature by Connie, titled: “Just Delay to Squash Your Sugar Cravings.”

Just Delay to Squash Your Sugar Cravings
Kicking Sweets & Culprit Carbs Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult
By Connie Bennett, M.S.J., C.H.H.C

Quite often, wanna-be Sugar Kickers ask me: “How can I curb my carb cravings to keep myself from tasting and then inevitably gobbling handfuls of cookies or crackers?”

One of the most powerful and potent strategies is so simple that you’ll wonder why you never tried it in the first place. Simply hold off before doing anything – especially something that you’ll later regret.

After all, if you mindlessly shove those fast-acting, Much-Like-Sugar Carbs™ in your mouth, you might later feel wiped out, spaced out, moody and depressed because the numbers on your scale continue to climb.

Think about it: Just about all of us are good at delaying in the first place. You know how you keep putting off cleaning the house, giving your boss that proposal, or even throwing out the garbage?

More to the point, many of us are pretty darn good at procrastinating, right? I know I am. While I’m certainly not proud of this dubious skill, I’ve found that my art of delaying is a fun, clever way to give procrastination a positive spin!

I hit upon this incredible strategy back in 1998 when I quite reluctantly kicked sweets and refined carbs on doctor’s orders. To this day, I’m continually struck by how easy, effortless, and darn effective it is to just delay!

That’s right — just delay!

Everyone of any age—unless you’re maybe a tot—can cultivate this tactic. All you have to do is promise yourself to hold off for a brief period of time. You can do that, right?

Then, you can delay over and over again, ultimately even for hours. Just think: The next morning you’ll be relieved and proud of yourself that you didn’t cave into your cravings.

Here are 7 ways delaying can be your remarkable ally to help you pull the plug on your unwanted sugar habit. (It’s one of “6 D’s” strategies that I’ve developed to help both myself and other “Sugar Kickers.”)

1. Delaying (first 5 minutes, then 10 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, etc.) before eating that brownie, cookie, or candy bar gives you a golden opportunity to break away from your impulses so that you can easily detach from them.

2. Delaying for 10 minutes, then 15 minutes, etc. allows your cravings to readily subside while you get involved with other things and put your cravings into proper perspective.

3. Delaying is a way of taking positive, health-promoting action by simple inaction. Yes, doing absolutely nothing can be pivotal when kicking or cutting back on sweets and quickie carbs.

4. Delaying turns procrastinating into an effective art form and proactive gesture.

5. Delaying allows you to zero in on what foods—if any—you’re really craving. Does your body really need cookies, cake, and pretzels? I highly doubt it!! Or would your amazing body rather have water, fresh vegetables and fruits, high-quality protein or healthy fats?

6. Delaying gives you a chance to get in touch with your true feelings. What the heck is really going on that makes these quickie carbs so tantalizing to you?

7. Delaying permits you to take pride in yourself! You get to pat yourself on the back for putting off a short-lived, self-defeating immediate gratification in favor of a long-term positive outcome. (Isn’t it far preferable to lose weight, have more energy and concentrate better than giving in during one moment of weakness and then suffering the consequences?)

In short, simple delaying is truly one of the most effective tools a successful Sugar Kicker can use.

Pro-Active Action To Cut Your Cravings

I encourage you to become a delaying artist now. Of course, as you know, "practice makes perfect."

· Next time you have a hankering to eat something sweet (that’s processed) or something white (as in a refined carb), begin by delaying. Go ahead — look at your watch or a clock to help you along, and then wait for just 5 minutes before putting those processed foods in your mouth—of course, you can easily do that!

· Now, step outside your obsessive sugary thoughts and wait 10 minutes. It can help if you do something else in the meantime.

· Then hold off for another 20 minutes. Be creative with your delaying time. Some people find doing the dishes, putting clothes away, organizing your closet, etc. can help the time pass and allow you to pull the plug on your food thoughts.

· Then really challenge yourself! Wait an hour, then 2 hours, or maybe even the whole evening. Do something fun in the meantime. Or embark on a project that you’ve been putting off doing. Fill that delaying time with other activites — doing so will free you up emotionally to be successful in your delaying mission.

· Finally, write about your experience in a journal or notebook. This can be quite potent, as Sugar Kickers have revealed to me, and as I’ve discovered.

Ultimately, just by the simple act of delaying, you could learn a lot about yourself and the power of a focused mind.

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Copyright © 2006, Connie Bennett, Stop SUGAR SHOCK!™

Connie Bennett, M.S.J., C.H.H.C. is a veteran journalist, former sugar addict, and author of SUGAR SHOCK! Berkley Books, Dec.26, 2006). Back in 1998, she reluctantly kicked sweets and quickie carbs on doctor’s orders, and amazingly all 44 of her ailments disappeared, including the throbbing headaches, severe PMS, and mood swings. Nowadays, Connie jokingly dubs herself a “Sugar Shrew No More!” and coaches others to break free of their sugar habit. She is is founder of an online, international KickSugar support group; The 21-Day, Kick-Sugar Countdown Diet™; and her popular SUGAR SHOCK! Blog. She is a certified holistic health counselor and a journalist/writer/essayist, who has contributed to The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, TV Guide, The Dallas Morning News, Living Fit, US, cbs.com, eDiets.com, and more