So it’s not long until Christmas now and I thought it was timely to discuss sugar addiction – perhaps it wold have been more considerate to have waited until after the big day but I believe it’s important that you start thinking about it now 🙂
I have seen a lot of clients who have experienced many types of addictions, from smoking to pot to drinking to whatever, and quite often, sugar is in that mix. Then there are the hard core sugar addicts who have never had to look elsewhere to get that ‘feel good’ reward.
When a person has a sugar addiction, unless there is a blood sugar or other medical issue, it is usually about looking for comfort and/or reward. Sometimes it can be about time out, or personal space as well, something ‘just for me’.
Justin’s Sugar Addiction
Justin was a teenager when he started working at a petrol station. He’s grab his pay and go across the rod to the pub and spend it on alcohol. It was a kind of comfort. Justin’s parents wee not drinkers. He had no colleagues leading him astray. In fact. Justin discovered alcohol all by himself.
It wasn’t until Justin’s parents asked him to stop drinking, because apparently he was disturbing people, that Justin turned to sugar addiction instead. On pay day, Justin now emptied his pockets on lollies. He would go and sit somewhere by himself and eat sugar in order to receive that comfort.
Of course the key question is, what does Justin need comfort from?
During an age regression, we discovered that Justin was seeking comfort from the feeling of being alone. He had always felt that he didn’t fit in. He had always felt different. As a teenager, he began to seek comfort in response to these uncomfortable feelings. As time passed, that comfort also acted as a prompt for Justin to reward himself with “Oh goodie, I can eat a whole pack of Tim Tams at 3pm if I knock off early”. It had now become the promise of comfort that was the reward.
Unfixing the Sugar Fix
Justin’s sugar addiction was effectively resolved in one session, which is not common. Usually three sessions are required. As Justin gained awareness of the reasons behind his need for comfort, and then as to how he has been operating unconsciously around this need for comfort, the pattern around this behaviour was destabilised. During the regression we equipped Justin with resources that allowed his unconscious mind to believe that he handled things differently, that he did in fact fit in, that he actually did not need comfort. This enabled his unconscious mind to let go of the need for sugar.
I also gave Justin some NLP exercises to cement the change work and to further help break the pattern of sugar cravings. He was a very good client and did hi 3 minutes of homework, and that certainly helped him in his success.
If you need help with your sugar addiction, we can help. Horizons Clinical Hypnotherapy Sunshine Coast.