How to Get Off the Addictive Carbs Eating Pattern

Published on: 01/16/2019
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Feel like you’re addicted to sugar or carbs?

Try a different approach instead of feeling like you have to starve yourself of all carbs.

Transition with “safe” sweets/snacks.

Get the addictive sweets and snacks out of the house. Addictive carbs are those are the ones that you can’t stop eating until you have stuffed yourself. Usually they are the more processed foods.  If you know you are still going to get a sweet craving keep something around that you can have a small amount and walk away easily from. Those are what I call “safe” sweets/snacks. My choice is semi-sweet chocolate chips. I like to have a little chocolate but definitely don’t care to eat handfuls of chocolate chips.

Focus more on the healing foods you CAN eat instead of what you should NOT eat.

Retrain your brain to look for the positive approach.  Practice gradually replacing processed foods with healing foods.  This takes time but helps keep your thoughts about food, eating and weight positive.

Try a semi-liquid diet day.

This does not mean starving but can work to get you jump started on losing a few pounds. For breakfast have a low calorie smoothie or a meal replacement drink such as Boost or Slim Fast. You can get them both in low sugar, high protein versions. Drink unsweetened tea, coffee or water. No sweetened beverages or artificial sweeteners if possible. They may trigger cravings. For lunch have a low calorie soup. These recipes look great! (Tip: make a crock pot of soup on the weekend to have ready to go meals for the week).

Then if you want a meal for evening have a salad with lean meat, egg, fish or cheese added, and some salad dressing. For a little carbohydrate you can add a few whole grain crackers or croutons. Or switch it up and have salad for lunch and soup for dinner. Just remember . . . don’t add crackers or bread with your soup.

Practice eating until you START to feel full and then stop.

This takes practice and if you know you have been overeating it takes practice to eat a little less each time until you no longer feel full and bloated after eating. This may mean eating a little more often but that’s okay because it will still help you over time eat less overall.

Take on a project that you really enjoy

I find that when I am really involved in a project I love, I forget about wanting to eat. So much of our eating is connected to boredom or stress. Find fun things to do and hopefully the cravings will be less and less over time. Take on a home project, writing project, garden project or even a volunteer activity!

If nothing is working do something different to get inspired.

Read a great book. Take a walk in the fresh air and sunshine! Connect with friends that you enjoy being with!

If you want more help with carb cravings, diabetes weight management, you can book a call with me and we can talk about how my services can help you reach your goals.

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