Stop Eating Chocolate

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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.

What Clients say:

Jo Simons - Hypnotherapy & Coaching
5.0
Based on 42 reviews
When I contacted Jo over a month ago she was very approachable and friendly.She got down to the route of the cause for me which was my chocolate addiction which I never knew it started from childhood. My session was 1.5hr long for this with a 15 minute audio to listen to for 3 weeks which I did before bed. From that day I never had the urge to pick up chocolate or to buy when shopping on the supermarket.I then reached out to Jo further along a month after to have another session to stop the snacking again - Jo assessing my behaviour and case to then perform another 1 hour hypnosis with another 10 minute audio to play as and when.It’s been nearly two months now and I am not a slave to unhealthy snacks or chocolate and can recommend Jo if you need help as shes friendly, calm and always helpful.Jo always remembers to message me once in a while to see how I’m getting on!Lovely lady and fantastic therapist for hypnosis!Jo deserves 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Louise S.
10:58 20 Apr 21
So after a life time of being addicted to Choclate and gained 4 stone After trying everything I decided to try Hypnotherapy to be honest I wasn’t convinced it would work but was willing to try anything to help find myself again and be free from eating Choclate. I came across jo on a google search and after contacting her and discussing things I booked my session. Well all I can say is it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. Since being hypnotised which is coming up to 3 weeks ago I haven’t eaten or thought about Choclate I have lost weight and feel so much better about my self. I would highly recommend jo and can’t thank her enough for helping me get control of my addiction and setting me free
Laura B.
20:52 30 Mar 21
Thank you very much Jo for my facetime session with you which you helped me to stop my craving and unhealthy habit of eating far to much chocolate as I was out of control and you helped me stop it and have willpower and now my cravings have stopped. Thank you so much for being there to help me as I already feel healthier and not an addict to chocolate any longer which is very rewarding. Thank you Jo, Hayley.
Hayley P.
11:07 20 Aug 20
Jo was very friendly and easy to chat with. She put me at ease and listened to what my issues were. For me it was the fact I eat (or did eat) snacks and chocolate continually between meals. 1 hour with Jo and a few listens to the audio she sent me and it’s history. Jo also emails for progress reports which are a good confidence boost to provide. 3 weeks down the line I am 8.5 pounds lighter and haven’t craved any chocolate and sweets, 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. I Highly recommend Jo. Thanks for your help and support in helping me achieve my goal.
Dave B
21:06 24 Feb 20
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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.

“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."

How to Stop Eating Chocolate

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.

Forgive Yourself

Try not to dwell on the times you gave in and focus on all the times you didn’t.

Hypnosis For Chocolate Addiction

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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.

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“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!”