Chocolate cravings can surely destroy your willpower to lose weight.
One minute you’re working out, eating healthy and doing everything right.
Then the next minute, you’re overpowered by this intense appetite to have these sweet “treats”.
You eat one… and you just can’t stop.
It is so easy to get hooked on chocolates like so many other women.
It doesn’t help that you see chocolates everywhere. They are at the supermarket counters, at the convenience stores, and even at the gas stations.
It used to be so hard to find chocolates, but today they put it on almost everything!
From candy bars, to chocolate drinks and even on savory dishes, most women encounter opportunities to eat chocolate over 100 times per day!
Your cravings can be satisfied anytime and anywhere.
This overwhelming focus on chocolate makes you have chocolate cravings all the time.
Why Are Chocolates So Addictive?
Have you ever wondered why you crave chocolate so much?
The components of chocolates have something to do with it.
Chocolate’s original and natural form is actually a health food.
Chocolates come from Cacao beans that are usually found in Central America.
These beans belong in the coffee family.
So it’s already a stimulant.
When you eat it, you get the immediate rush of energy.
It releases Dopamine that makes you sharp, fast and you feel amazing just like what coffee does to your brain.
At its natural state, the Cacao beans is a nutritious food because it is loaded with antioxidants and vitamins.
However, the food industry started adding in other ingredients to make it an even more powerful stimulant.
They added sugar that also provides your brain with a rush of energy.
Cacao plus Sugar equals a DOUBLE HIT of ENERGY.
But as you know from every sugar rush you’ve ever had… the euphoria does not last.
Soon enough, your body will crash, you will feel lethargic and your mood will be affected.
This is because sugar is toxic and is so destructive to the brain and body.
It can only give you fake energy.
The food industry did not stop there.
They added another ingredient to the cacao to make it even more enticing … milk.
This is now what is mass produced all around the world called “Milk Chocolate”.
When you break down what is in milk, there’s very little protein in it and a whole lot of sugar.
Milk has Lactose.
Just remember that everything that ends in OSE (lactose, fructose, glucose etc.) is a form of sugar.
Literally, the chocolates we have in the market give you a TRIPLE hit of energy.
So it’s no wonder why it’s so addictive.
It also releases Dopamine which is what we call the novelty hormone.
Dopamine makes anything you’re experiencing at the moment magnified.
You feel bonded and closer to every experience when you have chocolates.
That’s why lovers give each other chocolates at Valentine’s Day because they bond on this high.
You love the feeling when you eat chocolates… so you crave them all the time.
Your body is not designed to handle this many toxins at once.
You can become insulin resistant that can lead to Diabetes and fat storage.
How To Control Your Chocolate Cravings
1. Eat Natural Foods Rich In Magnesium
When you crave something, it is usually because you are depleted of a certain nutrient.
In this case, you may be low in Magnesium because Cacao is rich in it.
Instead of chocolate, you can have green leafy vegetables, Almonds, Broccoli, Avocados and Flax seeds to name a few.
2. Be Aware Of Your Chocolate Cravings Level
Catch the cravings before it even gets to the point where you’re powerless and all you can do is give in.
Make a deal with yourself.
When you feel the urge to eat chocolates, have a mini-Meal™ instead.
It’s a meal composed of natural foods rich in protein, carbohydrates (that you can get from greens) and healthy fats.
Flood your body with nutrition.
If you still feel the chocolate cravings after having the meal, then allow yourself to eat some.
So many of my clients said that this tip freed them from their chocolate cravings.
This is because usually when you crave something, your body is actually craving nutrition.
3. Find The Deeper Reason
Sometimes chocolate cravings go deeper than just having the taste of it in your mouth.
It may be a desire to have an emotional attachment and you are craving something to satisfy the lack of sweetness in your life.
You may feel disconnected with your own feelings or with other people.
You may want encouragement and you’re not getting it, and that’s why you turn to chocolates to fill the void.
It may also be a need to for spiritual connection.
You may be at a loss when it comes to fulfilling your ultimate purpose in life.
You may need to look into something higher that can make you feel contentment.
Here are examples of activities that you can do to satisfy these missing pieces in your life:
- Connect with other women who are on the same health journey as you are. Join TrimTribe.
- Write your thoughts and feelings in a journal.
When you have chocolate cravings, have some time to examine these areas of your life.
Go through these steps first before actually giving in to your cravings.
Find out what is really happening in your mind and body and you can free yourself from chocolate cravings in no time.
Let me know how these work for you.
To A Deeper Self-Awareness,
Love and Light,
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