Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mind Over Mouth: Simple Tools for Controlling Cravings

I'm a self-professed nerd. My idea of fun is curling up on the couch with a good book, and by good book, I mean a self-help book or maybe a biography on a successful business owner. Not really the average person's idea of fun. This is nothing new. When I was in elementary school, I would come home on Friday nights and attack my homework the second I stepped in the door. After years of this type of behavior, my mother sat me down and actually said "Lauren, you need to have a little fun. Maybe even get into a little trouble. I'll allow it".

Even in the aftermath of total parental oversight, I still continued to do my homework on Friday nights. Wow, wasn't I a fun one?

Recently, I was contacted by an author named Linda Schneider, who just published an e-book called Mind Over Mouth: Fast Tricks to Stop Eating Automatically and Beat Food Cravings on Demand. She wanted to know if I would like to read her e-book and review it on my blog. I'm sure you can guess that my heart skipped a beat. Of course, Linda! I'm a sucker for a good self-help book! And now, I'm here to tell you what I learned in this very helpful, very concise e-book!

Linda writes from experience. She went through a stressful career change and began to look to food for relaxation (something we are all guilty of!). In the course of that year, she gained 22 pounds. Determined to change her eating patterns and take back control of her life, Linda went on a diet and was successful in losing the weight. Although the diet was the tool she used to get there, she attributes her success to learning to control the cravings. In essence, learning to control her mind.

In her e-book Linda shares 12 simple and practical techniques that will help you learn to master your mind and your cravings. Here's a sneak peak...

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Technique #1: SPICE IT UP
This technique addresses the 'snack attack'. The idea is that when you are experiencing a craving, you can trick your body into satiety. If you can take a second and an ounce of willpower to commit to put a pinch of pepper (or something equally spicy or pungent) on your tongue, the pepper 'acts as a trigger to your food sensors, telling them that you're eating something exciting and stimulating'. It works to distract your mind long enough for the craving to pass. Your body still satisfies the need to 'do' something about the craving, but you stay away from the actual source of the desire.

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Technique #8: CHEWBACCA ("CHEWIE")
This technique addresses healthy digestion. The act of chewing plays a major role in proper digestion. The fact of the matter is, if you 'force yourself to chew slowly and deliberately, you simply slow down and put less food in your mouth'. It takes your stomach almost 10 minutes to signal to your brain that you are full. When you eat too fast, you tend to eat much more than your body actually needs and you have the awful feeling of 'being stuffed' once your brain gets the message. Chewing slowly allows your body to digest food properly AND gives it the time to signal your brain before you overindulge.

There's something in this e-book for everyone! You may find some techniques easier than others, but I am confident that it will give you the tools you need to control your cravings by controlling your mind, rather than your mouth.

If you'd like to purchase Linda's e-book, Click Here. I might add that it's conveniently priced at $2.99 so no need to take out a loan or refinance the house!

Happy reading and kudos to Linda on a job well done!

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