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November 15 2013

5 Ways to Fight Sugar Cravings

Category:  Health

The average American consumes 156 pounds of added sugar every year, according to federal sources. Follow Deepak Chopra's lead to lick this habit.
1 Avoid sugary snacks like sodas, doughnuts and candy bars. A jolt of sugar worsens cravings and spikes insulin and blood sugar. If you must have sweets, eat them at lunch or dinner, when other foods can buffer sugar's impact.

2. Try weaning yourself off sugar. For a snack, slice an apple or other fruit and sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar or honey on top. You will get an intense sugar taste, but the amount of sugar ingested will be minimal, and the whole fruit will help buffer it.

3. Don't use artificial sweeteners. You may think you are fooling your body with a diet soda, but the sweet taste is enough to alter your blood sugar and stoke the craving for more sugar.

4. Wait 10 minutes before ordering dessert in a restaurant. Have a cup of coffee or tea, or distract yourself with good conversation. Giving your body a chance to register that it isn't hungry goes a long way toward making sugar cravings subside.

5. Before you give yourself a fix of sugar, stop, close your eyes and wait a moment. Ask yourself: Do I want to make this choice? Often, the craving will pass naturally. Even if you give yourself a fix this time, keep repeating this exercise. The more opportunities you have to make the right choice, the higher your rate of success.


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  • I used the WII to loose weight by counting calories when stepping up and down the WII board for 20 minutes every day. I managed to keep this up for two months and saw my weight tumble step by step with 8 pounds, i.e. one pound a week. After that I started to follow a protein diet and the weight did not come back, also because I did not buy anything "sweet" anymore. If you have nothing in your house to get tempted by you don`t eat it :)Don`t invite too much guests though lol. I practice Yoga, I practice fitness. Just to say that if you find your own way and the results are good you most likely will stick to it. Loosing weight step by step is much better than going up and down all the time. Happy to have found my way ~:)~

    heartphone // 2013-11-15 11:22:11 // //
  • I find that setting myself regimens for the consumption of sweet treats and other foods and beverages that I take to be unhealthy when consumed in excess is a freeing not constricting method of discipline. My following the regimens, that I have freely agreed to, and have utmost confidence in my ability to comply with, eliminates the emotional turmoil of having to choose in the moment whether or not to indulge, and transfers that energy into thoroughly enjoying the treat guiltlessly. By critically and creatively exercising one’s objective and subjective considerations by setting regimens, you become both master and servant finding the means for appreciating the delights and joys of all things.

    Ron Greenstein // 2013-11-15 09:50:05 // //

 

 

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    Marianne Jordan Labarca // 2013-12-03 01:30:35 // //
  • Get rid of my sugar sddiction was one of the first things i had to do to start my weight loss and healthhy life. Your Perfect Health is a company located in the Netherlands which helped me a lot. In three months i lost 40 pounds without those sugar cravings. I know also some people with diabetes who are following this program from Your Perfect Health who doesn`t need insuline shots anymore and are doing great.

    bart // 2013-12-02 05:41:00 // //
  • I had a craving for sweets and junk food. I stopped eating sweets and fried and junk food. Slowly the temptation and cravings stopped. I feel better and lost 44lbs by staying happy and changing my diet and eating healthy food. Also not skipping meals, eating what is required. I feel we need to pamper our body and keep telling our mind as to what is good for us. Happy to see changes and love when friends and family observe the changes and appreciate my new look. I can exercise also and it does not make me feel fatigue .I feel happy.

    Positivehealin // 2013-12-02 02:23:39 // //
  • Hello, I am a 26 year old make. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 3 years ago. And quite frankly I suck at it. I really don`t want to eat sugary things and I really want to get my A1C down. But like I said I suck at it. I`ve started exercising regularly and meditating. But my diet sucks. It doesn`t help that living back with my mother, for now, doesn`t help cause she isn`t diabetic and there for thinks she can eat what ever she wants. If you or your team had any other advice I would greatly appreciate it. I don`t want to lose my eye sight or any limbs. I thank you in advance.

    Lumon // 2013-12-01 11:18:55 // //
  • eating 1/2 of the regular portion

    BABU // 2013-12-01 08:15:38 // //
  • A wonderful millionaire guru x

    Beheading Buddha // 2013-11-30 03:53:26 // //
  • After watching Dr Lustig on youtube I understood how poisonous sugar is. I never crave it after watching that video. My fix for sugar is to eat few dates when i feel like it.

    Bela Tanna // 2013-11-29 21:47:38 // //
  • Brrrr you look cold Deepak ❄❄ sending you some warmth from Queensland ☀☀☀

    Veronique Menand // 2013-11-29 20:39:37 // //
  • I just had to go cold turkey. Just a touch of sugar set me off on a sugar binge again. so addictive. But white flour and white rice are just as bad for my body.

    Nancy C Gobble // 2013-11-29 18:54:48 // //
  • The less you eat the less you want :)

    Frank Otero // 2013-11-29 18:51:06 // //
  • i'm reading his new book

    Melanie Rutkin // 2013-11-29 18:36:49 // //
  • Peppermint oil on your tongue after a meal works great!

    Lorri Soqui // 2013-11-29 18:36:38 // //
  • Yes

    Achiaa Deborah // 2013-11-29 17:53:24 // //
  • I say eat some fruit to ward off eating processed sugar goodies.

    Kristine Keok Rhodes // 2013-11-29 17:39:47 // //
  • Do you Think honey is a good alternative to fight sugar with. I use it in tea.

    Kristina Andersson // 2013-11-29 17:05:39 // //
  • great..thanks

    Energy ,Frequency and Vibration // 2013-11-29 17:00:38 // //
  • I love Chopra.

    Fátima Duarte // 2013-11-29 16:01:53 // //
  • Excellent! Have a great Day!

    Eli Hernandez // 2013-11-29 15:20:14 // //
  • Thank you Sir for all you teachings,i am a D.Chopra fan.

    Joe Durbarry // 2013-11-29 14:41:22 // //
  • I am sugar addict, and I started feeling the consequences. Thks for this D. CHopra. :-)

    Luisa Hohagen // 2013-11-29 12:58:12 // //
  • 1. don't

    Amos Martinez Jr. // 2013-11-29 12:28:13 // //
  • I find nuts help with sugar cravings. I also eat organic non salted pumkins seeds.

    Patsy Duncan // 2013-11-29 09:38:49 // //
  • namaste...

    Cleusaione Gomes // 2013-11-29 09:04:20 // //
  • Mr Joe , looks like you walking by. Deepak looking good.

    Joseph Cottone // 2013-11-29 08:19:21 // //
  • <3

    Shirley Mallinson // 2013-11-29 08:13:49 // //
  • God helps us release addictions. During a bad phase, I kept over spending. It was absurd. I had no control. But over time, as I spent money on Mother Lakshmi and Krishna etc, my desire for material things stopped. As this book came out and I became conscious of my eating patterns again, I naturally stopped indulging. Focusing on love. Being made aware and agreeing, changes are needed really helped. When with God, it is a lot easier. Myth says, it is laughable to try to change your habits without God. It is impossible. Is it true?

    Anna Tetro // 2013-11-29 07:25:39 // //
  • Distance counseling. Thanks for sharing that Buddha is against wrathful protectors. Love and compassion is best medicine and focus should not be on the whole world, harming others but rather correcting our own beings. Love....

    Anna Tetro // 2013-11-29 06:58:44 // //
  • deepak whats up cant access your sites today?

    Eileen Wilson // 2013-11-29 06:58:23 // //
  • Buddha said: “If you want to protect your feet, don’t try to cover the whole world with leather; cover your feet with shoes.” If we don’t accept ourselves, who will accept us? (chk my page for more help and advice).

    Distance Counseling. // 2013-11-29 06:08:20 // //
  • Chromium, nopal streptacantha cactus powder, gymnema, and magnesium are all fantastic for this as well. A little goes a long way and can help in your efforts tremendously.

    Jeffrey Von Stetten // 2013-11-29 05:50:29 // //
  • nice

    Aizaz Khalid Qureshi // 2013-11-29 05:44:15 // //
  • As a chocoholic I made the decision to cut down drastically. I used my imagination to pretend that I had just eaten something sweet. I imagined the taste and texture and amazingly it worked. I didn`t have to actually eat it!

    carolyn field // 2013-11-29 04:02:28 // //
  • taking Chromium Picolinate w Cinnamon as needed (of course within recommended dosage.

    Karen V. Rasmussen // 2013-11-29 03:51:41 // //
  • Or ask yourself do i want to put this in my body? often the question is no, when its yes then please yourself.

    Constantin Giakoumakis // 2013-11-29 03:06:58 // //
  • para vos Fernanda.

    Sergio Cutrera // 2013-11-29 02:58:16 // //
  • C6H12O6 is the chemical "sugar". You don't need a Rx for this drug. Strawberries are food. Don't watch sugar in your diet. So Don't eat the visible stuff. Binge only on fruit. Eating raw sugar is toxic. You cannot OD on the thing God made. :-D

    Anders Harrison // 2013-11-29 02:55:34 // //
  • A lot of times, I find that I crave sugar when I am thirsty, so drinking water seems to help. Also, if you eat a lot of fruit, it really truly does help as well.

    Suzanne VanderWiel // 2013-11-29 02:41:25 // //
  • He can- he does! If I could - I would! Well done to him, way to go, Deepak! Namaste <3

    Yordanka Throne // 2013-11-29 02:40:21 // //
  • yes!!!!!!

    Barbara Kux // 2013-11-29 02:30:25 // //
  • you've gone too commercial dear Deepak Chopra

    Siavash Toosi // 2013-11-29 01:34:58 // //
  • Thank you !

    Gabi Cor // 2013-11-29 01:30:15 // //
  • thank you

    Mariann Boda Toth // 2013-11-29 00:57:23 // //
  • interesting presentation of alternative, thank you very much

    Mercedes Belalcázar Mejia // 2013-11-29 00:50:25 // //
  • I miss NYC so much !

    Sabrina Hana Sırt // 2013-11-29 00:49:47 // //
  • I've tried to detox myself from sugar...its just like having withdrawls from drugs...I need to be on vacation to accomplish this.

    Sheki Williams // 2013-11-29 00:43:50 // //
  • #6 Zija's Sumpermix!!

    Jacqueline C Wachell // 2013-11-29 00:43:25 // //
  • Interesting.

    Jose Angel Rivera // 2013-11-29 00:35:54 // //
  • great suggestions.thanks a lot.

    Nindi Soorae // 2013-11-29 00:32:45 // //
  • Fruit is sugar too and can easily set off yhe cravings just af much as artificialy sweetners

    Mette Jörgine Sömberg // 2013-11-29 00:27:58 // //
  • I don't feel that the word "fight" is appropriate for dealing with cravings. Or anything, for that matter. When we take a crutch away, like sugar, we cannot limp around and FIGHT IT! We need to deal with the roots of these cravings. We must find an alternative to fill the gap, like Deepak suggested, honey or naturally sweet fruits. Social support or the practice of EFT is especially helpful for life transitions. Youtube EFT weight loss videos. Free and safe.

    Christy Callahan // 2013-11-29 00:02:14 // //
  • I really like #5 suggestion. Stop and ask yourself, "Do I really want to make this choice?" Half the time I'm thinking... I didn't even want this. Great bullet point! I need to start giving myself permission to stop and reflect before taking action. Apply it to all situations! Lol.

    Christy Callahan // 2013-11-28 23:55:29 // //
  • ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

    Antonia Leandra Meskita // 2013-11-28 23:51:51 // //
  • Why stop sugar?? I won't ever. I don't believe all the anti this and that hype. Live. My soul is telling me to eat sugar ;)

    Amelia Petersen // 2013-11-28 23:51:42 // //
  • I am in Canada. Not Papua New Guinea here. I have access to Deepak stuff but not Gotham. Bad Chapters, bad! It just sounded like Americans tend to see us as. Unless she is in Nunavut with dog sleds and that would explain it. I felt so primitive. Sorry....

    Anna Tetro // 2013-11-28 23:40:44 // //
  • Deepak, how do I stop the sugar cravings?

    Sean Myslinski // 2013-11-28 23:34:39 // //
  • Having a cup of tea certainly puts the craving away. It works !

    Kiran // 2013-11-28 23:32:50 // //
  • It seems there is nothing new under the sun. The key is that, when you decide once and for all to take care of your body and your environment like a sacred temple, you will find a way to have a healthy regime. Everything in moderation <3 To will is power <3

    Goddesses // 2013-11-28 23:22:45 // //
  • Lol...it does!

    Frank Cortez // 2013-11-28 23:20:36 // //
  • U dnt think that looks like him in da background?!?!?!!

    Alexis Cortez // 2013-11-28 23:19:46 // //
  • ??

    Frank Cortez // 2013-11-28 23:18:27 // //
  • Dr.Chopra one question if I may ask you please no ignorance intended of any sort I have the utmost respect for you.I had began to order 5 ways to fight sugar cravings and realized it is only available in the united states of America as Canadians we do deserve this equal opportunity as well I find this so rather unfair on your part to do so why is it strictly for the usa this is a complete universe with difficulties in many ways theres not only the usa .I also would like an opportunitry to purchase your books also but im not permitted to do so

    Charlotte Mcgrath // 2013-11-28 23:18:26 // //
  • Frank Cortez Miko?!

    Alexis Cortez // 2013-11-28 23:15:53 // //
  • i dont care much re sugar but tell me why i like savory salty snacks so much chippies!! dippies! :P x

    Irena Teresa Chlopicki // 2013-11-28 23:12:59 // //
  • dump the gluten.. 3 weeks of hell and the sugar craving goes away

    Lindsey Anutooshkin // 2013-11-28 23:10:16 // //
  • Don't fight it as the more you resist it the more it persists!

    Mandy Gabriel van Zyl // 2013-11-28 23:05:49 // //
  • The only way to fight temptation is to yield to it.. so have sugar once a week ;) in fitness we call this cheat day ;)

    Gracie Ackerman // 2013-11-28 23:04:46 // //
  • People who need cancer, also need sugar

    Ibolya Nagy // 2013-11-28 23:01:07 // //
  • Who needs sugar with sweetness like you and Krishna and the three generations..... Soul sweetness....it's you.... ;)

    Anna Tetro // 2013-11-28 22:58:03 // //
  • very good suggestions

    Willy Coleman // 2013-11-28 22:57:38 // //
  • my resolution wean the sugar to much "sweet tooth"

    Marion Mintz // 2013-11-28 22:55:50 // //
  • Easier said than done. Especially for people with high metabolism like me, we "need" sugar.

    Jut Rmah // 2013-11-28 22:51:36 // //
  • avoid sugary snacks? wean yourself off sugar? don't use sweeteners? think about not having sugar? wow, some great tips there. maybe a little sugar in the intern's coffee this morning might have helped this not-so-helpful post.

    Jeff Topham // 2013-11-28 22:48:24 // //
  • Your looking great...thank you so much for being you ♥

    Denyse Denny // 2013-11-28 22:48:23 // //
  • My cell phone keeps closing the site. Can't see it. Darn it

    Jane Bielski Farr // 2013-11-28 22:43:00 // //
  • Elizabeth these might help, they need to post one for salt, too... :-)

    Michele Curiale Loros // 2013-11-28 22:41:30 // //
  • Happy Thanksgiving. You are one of the people I am grateful for.

    Cynthia Neil // 2013-11-28 22:37:49 // //
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    Paula Wheaton // 2013-11-28 22:36:30 // //
  • It's over Deepak, it's over, Sugar intake as happen.

    Theresa Gabriella-Frey // 2013-11-28 22:36:16 // //
  • Now ya tell us deepak lol

    Julie Tunstall // 2013-11-28 22:35:50 // //
  • Oh sending wonderful thoughts of you and all your love ones together enjoying thanksgiving thank you for your guidance love fr Red Deer Alberta

    Linda Kindopp // 2013-11-28 22:35:25 // //
  • How about salt

    Linda Hilsen // 2013-11-28 22:35:09 // //
  • I used the WII to loose weight by counting calories when stepping up and down the WII board for 20 minutes every day. I managed to keep this up for two months and saw my weight tumble step by step with 8 pounds, i.e. one pound a week. After that I started to follow a protein diet and the weight did not come back, also because I did not buy anything "sweet" anymore. If you have nothing in your house to get tempted by you don`t eat it :)Don`t invite too much guests though lol. I practice Yoga, I practice fitness. Just to say that if you find your own way and the results are good you most likely will stick to it. Loosing weight step by step is much better than going up and down all the time. Happy to have found my way ~:)~

    heartphone // 2013-11-15 11:22:11 // //
  • I find that setting myself regimens for the consumption of sweet treats and other foods and beverages that I take to be unhealthy when consumed in excess is a freeing not constricting method of discipline. My following the regimens, that I have freely agreed to, and have utmost confidence in my ability to comply with, eliminates the emotional turmoil of having to choose in the moment whether or not to indulge, and transfers that energy into thoroughly enjoying the treat guiltlessly. By critically and creatively exercising one’s objective and subjective considerations by setting regimens, you become both master and servant finding the means for appreciating the delights and joys of all things.

    Ron Greenstein // 2013-11-15 09:50:05 // //