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Three Easy Steps to Get Off Sugar

Nov 01, 2014 01:21AM ● By Rena Goldberg

Not all calories are created equal.   Different foods can have different effects on our brains and the hormones that control hunger and appetite. Because of its negative effect on hormones and the brain, sugar actually promotes fat. Why? Eating sugar causes a large release of the brain chemical dopamine which can cause addiction in a lot of people.

Sugar is a drug. Some people are more disturbed by its effect than others, just like some people are more prone to alcohol addiction.  Know yourself!

“Everything in moderation” sounds like such a good idea and is advocated by a lot of “experts” on weight loss. The problem is that some of us can’t eat everything in moderation because certain trigger foods create an out-of-control response in us.  That may be because we have a pre-diabetic, diabetic or “carb-addict” gene.  Don’t wait for someone else to diagnose you with that.  Realize that, if you are struggling and suffering because of your relationship to food and its effect on your body and your life, you must have that gene, either in your mind or body.

More importantly, don’t despair if you do! I have it, too, and so do millions of other people. That’s why a whole lot of people have come to the realization that the only way to be free is to change the way we think about food subconsciously, so that we prefer whole, real, clean, unprocessed, unsweetened food from the earth. Many of us, who don’t eat sugar at all, still enjoy every bite of food we eat and embrace the freedom and happiness that living without sugar and without fake sweeteners gives us. Abstinence may be your best ticket to freedom from sugar addiction, which, in my definition, is any form of sweetener or even any simple carb.

The great news is that you can actually re-train your subconscious mind to prefer healthy food and be turned off to harmful food. Here are three steps:
Step One: Recognize that your life is out of control because sugar is controlling you.
Step Two: Make a decision to take your life back and get a divorce from the sugar industry!
Step Three: Gain easy willpower by using self-hypnosis to reprogram your subconscious mind so that you don’t even want sugar.
 As my wonderful client, Gloria Godsey, said after not eating sugar, since she began working with me in 2013, “Sugar is gross!” Imagine the freedom of really feeling that way and the benefits that will cascade and ripple throughout your life when you do!

Rena Greenberg is an author, hypnotherapist, and Sufi Minister, whose weight loss program has been reviewed and sponsored in over 75 hospitals, since 1990.  Rena helps people lose weight, get healthy and break free from addiction, all over the world, over the phone and Skype as well as in her private practice in Sarasota and Bradenton. She can be reached at

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