A Quick Fix For That Sugar Craving?! Works For Other Foods As Well…..


As someone who came out of the womb saying “Dessert, please!” this caught my eye. I’ve heard about something similar to this before. but have never remembered to actually try it. But I could tell by the reaction I had just in reading the words and thinking about doing it as I read, it might be pretty effective. You’ve got nothing to lose by giving it a try and supposedly it works on all sorts of food cravings, not just sweets……

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The 5-Second Trick to Stop a Sugar Craving

“If you just can’t stop yourself from eating one more doughnut, imagine sprinkling a tablespoon of coarse iodized salt (I’m not talking about delicious, flaky fleur de sel) on it and imagine what it would be like to take bite after bite, swallow after swallow of the ‘pinch your tongue’ super-saltiness. Do this visualization when the urge to consume the sweet stuff comes up, and you’ll have some serious problems just thinking about having a taste.”Moalem speaks from experience. “The first time I tried it, I was at dinner at a friend’s house, and they had made homemade doughnuts topped with Nutella for dessert,” he remembers. “I did the visualization with the salt shaker, imagined unscrewing the top, dumping it on the doughnut and taking a bite, and it immediately elicited a little bit of a gag reflex. I don’t think I could have eaten one if I were forced to.” We had a similar wow-that-actually-worked moment one afternoon when chocolate chip cookies were calling our name.

The reason the trick works is because even though most of us like salty foods, humans have a natural aversion to overly salted eats (think so much salt that your face contorts like you just ate something bitter). That may be because extremely salty or bitter foods signaled danger for our ancestors, as those foods were more likely to be poisonous, says Moalem, a neurogeneticist and evolutionary biologist by trade. Just thinking about what a cookie covered in salt would taste like is enough to make you turn away. It’s not limited to sweets either–the trick should work with whatever type of food you’re trying to cut back on, like any and all kinds of cheese (just us?).

For really hard-to-break cravings, you can even take it to the next level and actually pour salt on the food in question and take a bite (Moalem did it to cure his ice cream addiction and says it did the trick.) Once you take a bite of that now disgustingly salty treat, your brain will remember how much you disliked it. So the next time visions of candy, ice cream, cookies or whatever food floats your boat start dancing through your head, you’ll be a lot less likely to give in to the craving.

Salty Sweet Visualization Exercise reprinted from The DNA Restart by Sharon Moalem, MD, PhD. Copyright © 2016 by Sharon Moalem, MD, PhD. By permission of Rodale Books.


Read more: http://www.oprah.com/health_wellness/stop-sugar-cravings-sharon-moalem#ixzz5L33w56zd

Another thing to try when it comes to food cravings/addictions, or struggles to lose weight, is EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique, aka “tapping”). There are lots of free resources for learning the process at EFT Universe, The Tapping Solution, and elsewhere on-line. Here’s an article about how it helped 3 people overcome holiday over-eating:




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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

6 thoughts on “A Quick Fix For That Sugar Craving?! Works For Other Foods As Well…..

  1. Sarah says:

    Hi Zirah 🙂 That was really interesting. I have a sweet tooth as well. 🙂 I don’t like salt very much. I rarely have cravings for salty foods. The cravings for sweets become intense in the cold weather. I will remember to try this. Thank you! 🙂


    • zirah1 says:

      You’re lucky you only have the sweet craving. I have a sweet AND salty tooth/teeth. 🙂 That’s why something that is salted caramel whatever…..brownie, ice cream, you name it…..is right up my alley, er, teeth. Ah ha ha.

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      • Sarah says:

        Ah brownies…. 🙂 Caffeine and sugar and chewy…. Okay. Best not to daydream! 🙂 I decided earlier this week on Tuesday to start an intensive healthiness effort with making fresh juices, lots of raw veggies, and going to bed on time or early every night. I feel like my body needs this. Has needed it for a while. It takes time which is why I have been procrastinating. This week, I decided that there would be no more procrastination! I hope you are enjoying the summer days and staying cool. ❤ 🙂


      • zirah1 says:

        I’ve been getting the same feeling about doing some health-promoting things. In fact, I just got an order of bentonite clay earlier today and am going to start the internal detox or at least try to stick to it. Have used clay in baths and masks before, but don’t think I’ve ever used it internally. If you get the right kind it can supposedly help w/ all sorts of things. I’ve read some amazing stories of what’s happened to some people from using. it. We’ll see. p.s. Not staying cool, but I just finished my shower, so right now at least I’m not sticky. 🙂

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      • Sarah says:

        It is pretty hot and sticky here as well. 🙂 I can tell thunderstorms are on their way. There is bentonite clay in Dr Schulze’s Intestinal Formula #2. I have had success with his bowel detox and other detoxes in the past. I haven’t done any in a while. I’d have to think about when the last time was that I made a concerted and coordinated healthiness effort. This time, I am starting with a couple of weeks of making and drinking as much fresh juice as I can, lots of veggies, lots of water, and going to bed on time. Then, I will start with the bowel detox and transition to the other ones later on. Here’s hoping we both stick to our plans!! 🙂


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