Stop Eating Chocolate
Updated: March 6, 2021
If you have chocolate cravings, or a sugar addiction then the modern world is overflowing with temptations. Whether your weakness is being able to stop eating chocolate, cakes or sweets, you’ll find yourself bombarded with opportunities to indulge. Sometimes you might be able to resist, but then there are those days where you can’t say no, and you find yourself indulging.
For most people these chocolate cravings can be easily ignored most of the time. However maybe for you this produces a terrible struggle in your mind.
If this sounds familiar and you also feel like its something you want to change then know that you’re not alone. Stop eating chocolate is a struggle for a lot of people, and there are options to help you overcome your chocolate addiction.
"I haven’t craved any chocolate and sweets, since our hypnotherapy session. When I am offered them it’s a simple “no thanks I don’t eat chocolate,” it’s an automatic reply needing no thought process from myself."
Why We Eat Sugar
Eating foods that are high in sugars and fats, gives us a release of serotonin. In other words, it makes us feel good. Back when food was scarce, this was a great adaptation; it pushed us to eat higher-calorie foods that would help us survive. Unfortunately, for many people, this is not an adaption we need in our lives and this drive can become unhealthy very quickly.
Often the equation of food and happiness starts in childhood that becomes hard to break. Maybe you were rewarded for good behaviour with some sort of sugar treat, chocolate or sweets. Perhaps you were given sugary treats when you needed a snack, or when you were feeling upset. Or, perhaps your parents were trying to distract you when they felt they needed to say sorry for something themselves.
This practice of making use of sugar for a comfort, treat or a mood enhancer then becomes deep-rooted. This means that when you find yourself feeling low, your brain is wired to desire chocolate because it believes that's what will make you feel better again.
“I have not eaten any chocolate since I came to see you, almost 6 weeks ago. I've also not eaten any cakes. I am delighted with my progress and would like to say thank you for helping me."
Is Chocolate Addictive?
Dependence on sugary foods like chocolate, sweets, and biscuits can feel like a real addiction, and often pure self-control just doesn’t work your sugar addiction.
If you really struggle to stop eating chocolate, then it might be comforting to know that there is a reason for that. It’s not because you’re a glutton with no self-control. It’s because chocolate is packed with nutrients that make you feel good.
Chocolate is addictive because it contains tryptophan. Tryptophan is the building block of serotonin. When you eat chocolate, you will often experience a much larger boost in your serotonin levels than you would with many other foods. Not only that, but it also contains tyrosine. Tyrosine is the precursor to dopamine. Dopamine is the hormone that lights up the reward centre in your brain. So chocolate really is a knockout combination when it comes to your brain chemistry.
Another reason that you might find yourself with a chocolate addiction is if your blood sugar or magnesium levels are low as chocolate is a good source of this mineral.
Is Self Control The Answer?
When it comes to issues around eating, you will often hear you just need a little more self-control. This is a genuinely terrible message. If you take it to heart, then you have no one to blame but yourself if you have a slip.
When you add to that, the fact that self-control and willpower are finite in a day then you have a recipe for disaster. You might need to use a lot of mental energy in your job, or raising your family, leaving you nothing left over for looking after yourself.
Giving in to a sugar or chocolate cravings isn’t a sign that you have no self-control. It just means that you haven’t found the right tool to help you deal with it yet.
Cut Your Chocolate Cravings
Here are some tips that you can try that might help you to manage your chocolate cravings.
Keep A Food Diary
Getting into the habit of recording what you eat when you eat it. This makes you reassess if you really want it. This can be all it takes to give you a moment to consider your decision.
The other significant benefit when it comes to managing chocolate cravings is that it lets you spot patterns. You might not realise that there are times of the day when you’re more likely to give in to temptation. So you can take steps to reduce your opportunities to indulge at those times.
A food diary can also identify if your cravings are based on deficiencies in your diet or drops in blood sugar. These can be valuable insights that help you manage your diet and improve your health.
Eat Regular & Have Healthy Snacks
You are less likely to give in to chocolate cravings if you’re not actually hungry. Get into good habits with food by eating three square meals a day - breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Then have specific planned times when you’ll eat a small amount. Healthy snacks can keep your blood sugar levels even throughout the day and reduce the instances of cravings.
Small amounts, more often, is usually more effective at helping you to manage your appetite.
Try not to dwell on the times you gave in and focus on all the times you didn’t.
Hypnosis For Chocolate Addiction
One of the most effective ways to stop eating chocolate and cut out your chocolate addiction, is to build new habits. Hypnotherapy can use the power of positive suggestion to help you convert your old unhealthy habit into one of saying no thank you so you stop eating chocolate, sweets, biscuits or anything else you choose.
Through hypnosis, we can also help you overcome any emotional associations or anxiety patterns which are related to your chocolate cravings. If the emotional connection is reduced then so is the temptation. Meaning you don’t have to rely on willpower to get you through the snack aisle at the supermarket anymore, bypassing sugary treats will become second nature.
If you are interested in learning more or getting some help to manage your chocolate cravings, then get in touch.
I offer hypnotherapy sessions online or face-to-face in Central or Ealing, West London. So, there’s no reason to keep struggling on your own.
I’d love to help you develop a healthier relationship with chocolate and look forward to hearing from you.
“I had come with the wish to not buy and eat M & M sweets on a daily basis without any thought. It had been a bad habit. I have not had any M & M sweets since and only consume other sweets on an irregular basis and have a take it or leave it attitude. Thank you so much. Very interesting and effective experience!”