Just Delay to Squash Your Sugar Cravings (Article from Connie)
Posted Dec 18 2008 8:12pm
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Whenever people meet me or whenever newcomers ("newbies") join my free, online KickSugar support group, they almost immediately poignantly admit, "How can I kick sugar? This is so hard!"
Remarks like those fill me with empathy and compassion, because I've been there myself! I can't tell you how many times I, too, once felt forlorn about even the idea of leaving my twisted, unsatisfying, health-harming sugar relationship.
But when a doctor told me I had to choice but to quit the stuff, somehow I pulled myself together and successfully licked sugar once and for all.
In my upcoming book SUGAR SHOCK!, I share my Top 21 Sweet Sugar-Free Success Secrets and Strategies (plus a few more), so you'll be able to get some help there.
In addition, I've been writing articles to help you learn about other simple tips and tactics that can help you break free. One of my favorite techniques is delaying. Learn about it here, in an article I wrote for you:
Just Delay to Squash Your Sugar Cravings
Kicking Sweets & Culprit Carbs Doesn't Have to Be Difficult
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.