So how you can crush your sugar cravings for better health? For a few years now one of my most popular services has been helping people go sugar free or reduce their sugar intake.
Going sugar free is like giving up smoking
Sugar is an addictive substance. But I see it a lot like giving up smoking with two elements. There is the physical addiction and then the habit. Removing the sugar from the body can be done quite easily by just not having it for a few days. The habit needs to be addressed by changing your mindset.
This is where my skills as an advanced Hypnotherapist make the difference. I help you use the power of your mind to move towards a life that doesn’t depends on sugar for energy, happiness or satisfaction. You see, that’s just a belief that you have. This is the same process I use to help people stop smoking. Just like smoking, people carry on abusing their body for years because they are trapped. You can be sugar free (quite easily).
The sugar free authors
There are lots of books about going sugar free available, with some very yummy recipes! Here are a few of my favourites:
Whilst I love their books and recipes, what these books are not able to address is the mental and emotional need and desire for sugar. For many people, this is stronger than the physical need. Which is why my sugar free programme is different. It has the Hypnotic recording that you can listen to as often as you want or need to.
What’s the problem with eating sugar anyway?
For the occasional and moderate sugar eater, there might not be a problem. But if you someone that uses it as an emotional crutch or find yourself addicted, it can make you feel bad about yourself, not to mention the damage it does to your body (which I will cover in future blog posts).
I have ridden the sugar roller coaster myself and know I don’t like how it feels when I am eating lots of sugar. I know what my own symptoms of sugar eating are. You might recognise some of these as yours:
- Energy dips. So tired at times in the day you feel like you need to have a sleep because you just can’t function
- Out of control. An insatiable desire for sugary foods. Looking for the next ‘fix’
- Worrying how you will function without it
- Using it as a source of pleasure
- Spending lots of money on sugary foods.
- Falling into a ‘savoury’ then ‘sweet’ trap. This one reminds me of Christmas binging but the problem is it is happening every day
- Weight gain
- Lack of glow
- Small pimples on skin
- Disrupted sleep
- Mood swings
- Worry about eating too much sugar and its effects on your body
- Feeling addicted.
- Guilt about setting a bad example to your children
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Sugar is addictive and easy to get your hands on. Unfortunately it is also hidden in a lot of the food and drink you consume and you might not even realise it. But it is not good for you. Your body is not designed to cope with large amounts of sugar and whilst most things, sugar is ok in moderation, but maybe sugar is a problem they you would rather be without.
What is the process for Crushing Your Sugar Cravings?
I have been helping crush their sugar cravings face to face and on Skype for years . I have now devised an effective online programme for you to use in your own home. I have my Hypnosis skills and nutritional experience to devise a programme that lets you cleanse your body of sugar naturally and change your mindset towards eating sugar. You can buy the online programme here for £19.99.
You will need a blender to make the recipes, because for 3 days you will be having home made health drinks to cleanse your body of sugar and remove those sugar cravings. You listen to the Hypnotic recording as often as you want to and notice your thoughts and feelings towards sugar and the way you nourish yourself changing. For good!
How will you feel when you Crush Your Sugar Cravings?
The first thing is a sense of freedom! When you are addicted to sugar, it can feel like it is controlling you. Removing those craving and the feeling that you ‘need sugar’ sets you free.
The Crush Your Sugar Cravings programme I have carefully designed have designed will make overcoming your sugar addiction easy. At the same time it will fill your body with nutrients and made you feel amazing. Some of the benefits you can expect by completing these programme are:
- It will stop the misery of sugar filled days and guilt around eating too much sugar
- It will put you in control of your nutrition
- You will feel amazing and find your glow
- You will have the satisfaction of overcoming your addiction
- You complete the course at a time that suits you and the course is yours to keep
- You get access to a likeminded community for unlimited support
- You may lose weight
- You will be taking steps to improve your health
This is your way to break your sugar addiction and feel fantastic in just 3 days.
The way this programme works is you drink the specially devised ‘health drinks’ for 3 days. That’s right, no solid food, just the drinks. The reason for this is by not having to fully digest food, your body can focus on extracting the nutrients from the ‘health drinks’ you will be having. With these nutrients filling your body you will feel amazing. And when you feel that amazing, believe me, you won’t want to spoil it with sugar.
The body also uses a huge amount of energy digesting food. So by drinking easy to digest drinks for 3 days, you will have increased energy levels which make you feel even more amazing. Maybe you haven’t had good energy for a while and you will absolutely love having some now by following this programme.
If you think that sounds difficult, it won’t be. You have a Hypnotic recording to support you and harness the power of your mind to achieve this and start your new life of energy without addiction.
Don’t delay, start your journey to freedom from sugar today
You can buy the online course right now. Please pass the details on to your friends who have been talking about going sugar free too.
This 10 ways that Hypnosis can help small business owners be more successful is an exciting post for me to write because as a Hypnotherapist discovering the endless uses for Hypnosis seems to be my life purpose!
In the past year I’ve been helping lots of small business owners improve their mindset so they can be more successful.
This week is American Express shop small week where you can get £5 for £10 spent. We also recently had Small Business Saturday and Local Business Week back in May. These are great marketing opportunities for small business but a good mindset will see you through an entire year.
So why Hypnosis for mindset?
Hypnosis is loved by those who understand and use it and misunderstood by many that don’t. One of my popular blog posts was this one in which I answered some of the common questions people ask about Hypnosis. I had a lot of calls from that post purely because people better understood what Hypnosis is and isn’t.
Hypnosis isn’t ‘woo woo’. You don’t have to believe in it for it to work. It is a process of bypassing the critical factor (the logical part) of your mind, to get to your unconscious mind, which is the part that calls the shots.
So if you spend lots of time and energy on doing all the things you think you need to do to be successful, life and business could be so much easier if you tapped into your greatest asset. The power of your unconscious mind.
Here are the 10 ways that Hypnosis can help small business owners be more successful
1 – Self-belief
I consider this to be the biggest issue for entrepreneurs. Many have great ideas, business plans, amazing websites and good products. But you need self-belief to keep going, to overcome hurdles and to achieve your dreams. It’s different to confidence because you can be outwardly confident, but inwardly giving yourself negative self-talk like ‘I can’t do this’, ‘I will fail’ and ‘I’m not good enough’. Not having self-belief makes you doubt yourself and not ‘go for it’.
Having self-belief is a game changer because it makes you believe you can do anything and not to listen to nay sayers.
Sports people probably understand this the most. When they are about to start their game or race, they HAVE to believe they can win. That’s why so many sports people have coaching and many use Hypnosis and NLP to increase their self-belief.
2 – Confidence
You wouldn’t believe how many ‘big business’ names have coaching to increase their confidence. It helps with presentations, public speaking and leading teams but also it feels good. It’s normal to have a few nerves before an interview or public speaking event, they can be useful in creating adrenalin. But no one wants to be a nervous wreck in the toilets before an important event or meeting.
Hypnosis can eliminate reasons that you don’t feel confident and create ‘anchors’ for you to use to give you a boost. Confidence is a state of mind so it makes sense that Hypnosis is brilliant for increasing confidence.
3 – Removing blocks
Procrastination is the nemesis of many entrepreneurs. Maybe you know what needs to be done and just can’t understand why you are not doing it. And then you see other people around you doing it. Maybe your competitors!
You know what you need to do and why so why aren’t you doing it? You can’t understand it. This is because these blocks are held in your unconscious. You can’t access them yourself because they are not known to your conscious mind. I can’t tell you how many people have ‘wow’ moments and clear blocks during Hypnosis.
4 – Strategy
If you are struggling to put a clear strategy together or can’t get a clear view of the ‘big picture’ for your 1,3,5 year plan, Hypnosis is marvelous for creating one. I use a technique where you create a map in your mind of the big picture and all the elements of getting there. This can be done in person or on Skype – try it!
5 – Creativity
Creativity is held in the right side of your brain and will become stifled if you are overloading the left side of the brain where you logic sits. Stress will also affect creativity because your brain can’t relax into that nice place where creative thoughts flow.
Have you ever noticed you have good ideas as you drift off to sleep, or after exercise or on holiday? This is because you are relaxing and your brain can perform at its creative best. In Hypnosis you connect to the unconscious mind where ideas and creativity come to the surface.
6 – Resilience
Being in business (and life!) requires resilience. Resilience comes from self-awareness and taking action when you realise you need to. Hypnosis can help you let go of things that are worrying you and making you less resilient and teach you how to connect to a place inside where you can replenish and restore.
7 – Calm
Just in case you don’t know. A continuous state of stress isn’t good for you. Not meaning to scare you here but the World Health Organisation say more than half of the top causes of death are linked to stress. I wrote a blog about it here. Now the reality is that business can be stressful but it is how you manage your stress, not your workload that is important. Products, finances, customers, suppliers, employees… it all goes on. But some people can juggle all this and not feel the effects of stress and other people will feel very stressed.
Like resilience, awareness here is key. Know your stress signals and take action to address them when you feel them. More importantly, build relaxation time into your schedule on a regular basis. I have a free relaxing recording that you can listen to here. Just 12 minutes to totally unwind 🙂
8 – Winning business
I’ve had lots of clients who come to see me because things aren’t right in their lives. Maybe they feel a bit lost or confused about themselves. Or maybe issues from the past have presented themselves as unhelpful emotions which are getting in the way of winning business. With these issues dealt with in a few sessions of Hypnosis, winning business will be much easier with you feeling focused and energised.
Customers can sense when things are off balance so it pays to get things sorted so you are at your best when you are selling.
9 – Increased intuition
Intuition is a very useful business tool. although good planning and strategy are important, intuition is your internal compass.
If something isn’t right for you, your intuition will know this. Intuition is basically your unconscious mind and its job is to keep you safe and do its best for you. The more you are able to tap into your unconscious mind, the better your intuition will be able to help you do the things that are right for you.
10 – Creating an abundant mindset
An abundant mindset means not worrying about a ‘lack of’. A lack of clients or customers, a lack of money etc. an abundant mindset means you believe good things will come to you easily. If you believe there to be lots of customers for your services this gives you loads more opportunity to see and takes away ‘competitor envy’ because there is enough to go round. An abundant mindset means you are not scared to invest in yourself because you are worth it.
Because everything in life operations at a ‘vibrational level’ you will be sending positive messages to the world around you and this will manifest as good things being drawn to you. Now I know that sounds a bit ‘woo woo’ but it’s actually energetic principles in action!
So how can you use Hypnosis to have a more successful business?
I can help you with any of the ten things above, just get in touch to book a session and get the edge for 2018 in your business. Don’t let another year pass and struggle on with the same battles in your head, get them sorted and grab 2018 with both hands. This could be your best year yet.
If you have ever wondered what the secrets of slim people are, your questions might be answered tonight in a show called ‘The truth about slim people’
The truth about slim people
We will get to see how two people; Anne-Marie and Yemi, manage to stay slim despite it seems eating whatever they like, whenever they like.
It is a true case of nothing being as it seems as I read the article about it.
Anne-Marie is a 42 year old mother of two who was trained as a dancer but now runs a dance classes for kids. She is 9 stone a size 8. Every aspect of her life was filmed for 5 days.
Yemi is a 37 year old father of 2, has a 32 inch waist and weighs 12 stone. His childhood nickname was ‘Dustbin’ because of his large appetite. He did a lot of sport in his younger days.
Neither of them eat ‘healthy’ food and they both at what they like in the quantity they desire. Or so it seems.
As part of the programme they both have medical test and it is found that neither of them have ‘magic metabolisms’.
The findings tell this story (see if you can spot the key ones that I, as a Hypnotherapist, will talk about today):
- They don’t snack in the day
- They fully satisfy themselves at mealtimes by eating what they fancy.
- They both eat enough to feel full until the next meal.
- Neither of them are ‘emotional eaters’.
- They don’t drink much alcohol.
- If they eat a lot one day, they eat less the next day
- They unconsciously seem to balance their calorie intake
- Anne-Marie is found to be a ‘fidgeter’. Never sitting still and using up lots of energy just ‘being her’.
- Yemi walks at a very fast pace
- Both sleep well
- Both have good gut bacteria
- Neither of them are ‘hung-up’ on food
- They are both ‘self-regulated’
- The conclusion from the show was that the secret to staying slim is mindset.
From the list above I am going to talk about the emotional eating aspect today.
So what is an emotional eater?
It’s safe to say that an emotional eater will not see food as fuel only. If you are an emotional eater food is more of a friend that you call on when you need to feel better. When you feel negative emotions you will use food as a way to take your mind off them. Because your mind is distracted by the emotion, it means you don’t recognize when you are hungry or full so eat you fulfill an emotional need rather than a physical one.
Emotional eaters use food as a crutch rather than a source of pleasure to be enjoyed for what it is.
So what emotions might trigger an emotional eater to eat? Well any negative emotion really such as:
- Dislike of yourself
- Feeling unloved
Eating numbs the emotion and therefore feels comforting. But the bad news is after you’ve eaten you will probably feel more negative emotions about yourself like hating yourself for having no control, guilt, not liking your body, feeling fat or ugly or shame (especially if you eat in secret).
If you are unhappy being overweight, you may feel you have to wear make up to ‘hide’ yourself or even feel ugly without it and you may feel the need to behave in a way that distracts from your body which only adds to your feelings of internal discomfort. You may not be happy in your own skin.
Before you beat yourself up for what you crave and eat….
Why is it that certain foods seem to feature highly for emotional eaters? Foods like cake, biscuits, ice cream? Well your cravings can be justified for good reason. The blend of carbohydrates, sugar and fat can be delicious. A multi-sensory and temporarily satisfying experience. The feel in your mouth, the smell, the flavours and the taste exciting your senses and providing a distraction from anything else at that moment. And they are so easily available.
These type of food also provide instant gratification.
But did you know that your brain chemistry actually changes when you eat. “Carbohydrates set off a series of chemical reactions that ultimately lead to a boost in brain serotonin,” says Judith Wurtman, Ph.D., the former director of the Research Program in Women’s Health at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Clinical Research Center. The higher the levels of serotonin, the more content you feel (at least temporarily).
There have also been studies around fatty foods making people feel less sad because fatty acids can induce a signal from your gut to your brain, which may influence emotions.
So how can an emotional eater change?
Keep an emotional food diary
Keeping a food diary to track what you’ve been eating alongside what how you are feeling at the time can help you identify what triggers emotional eating.
I’ve made a food and emotion diary download for you which you can download here
Knowing what these triggers are can help you break the emotional eating habits and deal with triggers instead of turning to food.
How can you deal with emotional triggers?
So if you’ve done your food diary and spotted some emotional triggers for you, you need to know how to do something other than eat when they occur.
Although there are many ways that you could find something other than eat to do, it is a good idea if you try and find something that satisfies your reward centre. What I mean by that is the place in your mind that needs to feel good and satisfied (known as a reward centre). If you don’t do this, you are merely distracting yourself from the thought of wanting to eat (this strategy can work well for some people too).
If you think about how your emotions are soothed and the deep connection they have with food for a minute.
Ice cream at the seaside – this often starts in childhood. There you are having a great time with your family and your treat is an ice cream. Not only is the ice cream delicious in itself, but it anchors those happy feelings of your time at the beach probably with people you like to be with.
Popcorn at the cinema – going to the cinema is a sensory experience. you are going to watch a story that you can be absorbed in undisturbed for a couple of hours. You will see things that might be amazing and open your unconscious mind and emotions right up (think Disney or Hollywood). You then eat some sweet popcorn which anchors the experience.
Candy floss at the funfair – you are surrounded by fun and people laughing. you may have been spun round and round or been taken on a ride up in the air. Everyone there is happy and laughing. There are bright lights and your adrenaline, serotonin and oxytocin which make you excited and happy will all be in full force. The candy floss anchors the experience.
These experiences are bonding tastes and food with experiences. Your brain will want the same feeling if you don’t give it the food it thinks it wants.
So you need to get creative to think of things you can do which may make you feel good. Maybe excited or like you’ve accomplished something. Get thinking about what they might be now. What are you craving and how can you get it another way than eating?
If you need help
If you need help with your emotional eating or weight loss then I can help you by seeing you as a one to one client for 4 sessions. It is 4 sessions because we work on any emotional healing that needs to take place to allow you to move on. We work with the inner voice that damages your self-esteem and I help you to love your body (yes in its current form) so you want to care for it and nourish it. We also work on making better food choices, sugar cravings and confidence. The whole works.
If you want to be part of a group and spend 47 days working on your relationship with food, your relationship with yourself, sharing recipes, participating in challenges and listening to Hypnosis audios to help you, then you can join my next Project 47 group which starts on January 9th 2018. Please email me and I will put you on the waiting list.
Sending you some positive emotions today
8 ways to eat more healthy food very easily
It’s about that time when new year resolutions to eat more healthily might be getting tougher. You know what I mean don’t you? January 5th you were eating salads for lunch and now the sandwiches are creeping back in. You were ‘being good’ but now the odd biscuit is finding itself dunked in your tea and mints don’t count as sweets do they?
Changing your diet is a big deal. Not to be underestimated! Which is why it can be very difficult to stick to your new plan after the first week excitement has worn off. Just like the exercise post I wrote earlier this week, it helps greatly if you understand the real reasons you want a healthier diet. These will be different for everyone and it can be hard to understand the real real reasons. When I work with clients who want Hypnotherapy for weight loss (and stop smoking), we spend a lot of time getting to their ‘why’.
What’s your real why?
The why will be based around ‘away from’ or ‘towards’ mentality because this is how we tend to work when we are motivated.
Some examples of ‘away from’ are:
- Not wanting health issues
- Not wanting to be overweight
- Not wanting people to comment on your weight
Some examples of ‘towards’ are:
- Wanting to look a particular way
- A special occasion like a wedding
- Achieving a goal
- Trying to get pregnant
- Wanting to be fitter
There is no right or wrong, but there is usually one thing that stands out above the rest (easy to find in Hypnotherapy which accesses the unconcious mind which is where our deep routed beliefs and desires are held).
Once you have your real real reason why, remind yourself of it often and especially when you are feeling like you want to give into temptation.
So what are the easy ways to maintain your healthy eating plan?
1 – If cravings strike, have a glass of water. A craving will not last long, around 20 seconds. If you drink a glass of water it will stop your craving by distracting it. Disruption and confusion are very good techniques for interrupting brain patterns.
2 – Eat protein with every meal. Protein keeps you fuller longer and if you are fuller, you will be less inclined to want to nibble.
3 – Try to avoid processed sugar. Sugar is highly addictive and has a similar effect on the brain to cocaine! You will also cause blood sugar spikes which mean that when you crash, you will want more. If you need something sweet, aim for a small amount of dried fruit which at least has some vitamins in and is unlikely to be as moreish as chocolate and sweets. Or even better some fresh fruit.
4 – Have a nutrient rich smoothie. People fall into a trap of thinking that any smoothie is good news, but if it is just fruit that’s not the best way to go. Smoothies can really help you with a healthy diet if you make nutrient rich ones. I will be sharing 5 amazing smoothie recipes in a blog post soon.
5 – Make changes gradually like cutting out sugar first. Then maybe decreasing the amount of fat in your diet. And then increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables that you eat. So the changes are gradual, easier to manage and longer lasting. Think nutrients, not calories.
6 – Keep healthy snacks on you and around you. In your bag, pocket, car, desk drawer… everywhere! Healthy snacks can save you until dinner time and make all the difference. Some good healthy snacks are almonds, rice cakes, oat cakes and naked bars.
7 – Plan your meals. More about this in a future blog post!
8 – Have a mantra. If you feel yourself struggling.. say the mantra. Make it meaningful and tie in in with your why.
This blog is one in a 30 day series about self-development and practical lists we will be making to enhance our lives. I’m using these blogs to provide coaching and advice in my capacity as a qualified coach and Hypnotherapist working locally in West Sussex and Worldwide on Skype.
Quick review of yesterday’s list:
Yesterday you made a list of ways you can personally relax. Have you spent your 2 minutes today relaxing?
Your next list:
For your next list , note down any of the things in the list that might help you stick to your healthy eating plan and any more you can think of.
Do you have a top tip? We would love to hear it in the comments :_
See you tomorrow.
Which is best for you? Hypnotherapy or Counselling?
Maybe you are someone who has had an issue your whole life or maybe issues seem to have found you during your life, but are you someone who is considering getting help? Maybe you know you don’t ‘feel right’or you’ve had a trauma at some stage in your life which has affected you and you feel like you need some help.
I really think there are specific issues and issues that seem to join forces and make us feel bad. What I mean by that is if you have say a fear of something like flying, snakes, spiders, heights… that’s a specific issue. But issues that join forces might be things that have hurt you over the course of your life and taken some of your happy away, affected your confidence, made you feel depressed and maybe make you behave in ways that don’t make you feel good. Life feels like a bit of a struggle.
And seperate to that we have weight loss, smoking and other addictions which can be a combination of habits, addiction and root causes combined.
You know you need help
So you feel like you need some help but how do you know who to go to?
You might go and see your doctor. Some doctors are sympathetic about such matters and others less so. your doctor may prescribe anti-depressants or ‘time to talk’ therapy which is available on the NHS. If the problem persists, they may put you on a waiting list for counselling or CBT for which the waiting list at the moment is about 8 weeks long in West Sussex.
I’m lucky enough to know some holistically minded doctors who know that I specialise in depression and do refer patients to me for Hypnotherapy if they feel that is appropriate.
- You might open up to friends or family and they might know someone who can help or have a friend who knows someone who can help.
- You might buy a self help book. 561,969 and counting currently on Amazon. But how will you know which one is right for you and will really make a difference to how you feel?
- Or you might Google something like ‘help with depression Worthing‘ and see what comes up (mostly counselling services).
The rapport with your therapist is important
I don’t know about you but I don’t air my dirty laundry to everyone! I like to have rapport and trust with someone I’m going to talk to about my problems. My advice when choosing is call them up or email them and ask for chat to see if they are the right person to help you. Do the ‘chemistry’ test. Are they the person that you will choose to hep you? you don’t want to be a someone that goes through their sausage machine of referrals, you want to be someone that they want to help make a significant difference to your life.
So what are the differences between Hypnotherapy and Counselling?
||Around 2 weeks
||Around 8 weeks in West Sussex for an NHS referral
|Price per session
|Length of a session
|Number of sessions required
||1-2 for anxiety, phobias and stop smoking. 4 for weight loss and depression
|Where does it take place
||Face to face or on Skype
||Face to face, group, email, phone
|How does it work
||Hypnotherapy relaxes the conscious mind to make changes in the subconscious (90% of the mind). Read more about this here
||Counselling is a talking therapy which focuses on reflecting on your experiences and understanding how they impacted you.
|What happens in a session
||Your Hypnotherapist will relax you and put you into Hypnosis (not scary, usually pleasant) and guide your subconscious into changes things that are not helpful and introducing things that are
||Your counsellor will ask you questions to help you open up and discuss issues that are affecting you. Your councellor will ask lots of ‘open’ questions to help you reflect and understand things
|Who is it suitable for
||Not Epileptics, Schizophrenics, Psychotics or people on Lithium or Halperidol
|Is it safe
||Yes with a qualified professional
||Yes with a qualified professional
|Is it confidential
|Is it available on NHS
|Is there follow up care
||Yes, often Hypnotherapists provide recordings for you to revisit for ‘maintenance’
|Does it change your life
||Yes. If you have a fear of flying you can go on holiday. You can stop those panic attacks. You can get confidence. You can get slim, stop smoking… Be happy!
||Maybe for some
|Is it suitable for children?
||Age 5+ but use a Hypnotherapist who has special training to work with children
||Yes lots of schools use counselling
|Who should choose what and why?
||Anxiety – quick lasting changes to how you feel and how you cope.
Phobias – can be removed in minutes
Stop smoking – in 2 sessions for good
Weight loss – not a diet but a new way of nourishing your body and losing weight for good
Sleep – clear your mind and sleep better than ever
Depression – release yourself from depression and feel happier
Stress – switch off like never before, relieve stress and learn self-hypnosis for a calmer life
|I think there are some matters that are very deep and personal. They need expertise and time.
Couples – relationship counselling can really help
Rape – highly sensitive
Alcoholism – expertise required
Bereavement – talking can really help (although Reiki is great for grief)
Bulimia and Anorexia – need expertise in most cases
Suicidal thoughts – call the Samaritans
Attitudes to therapy (taken from NHS website)
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