Sugar Detox – Why You Shouldn’t

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness, Sugar Addiction

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Sugar Detox programs. 21 Day Sugar Detox. Quit Sugar Now. As the author of Beating Sugar Addiction For Dummies, I am finding myself in a bit of a moral pickle. Yes, I help people get off sugar, lose weight, and find a healthy sustainable way to feed themselves. But I can’t get behind the “sugar detox” concept. Why? Here’s a great … Read More

How To Get Better Sleep

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness1 Comment

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Lack of sleep can increase your appetite during the day, and strengthen sugar cravings. Here are a handful of tips to get better sleep: Wind down! At least one hour before bedtime, start quieting down and relaxing. Don’t exercise or engage in stressful thoughts or activities. Turn off the handheld devices. The feeling that you need to constantly stay connected … Read More

Cut The Crap…

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness

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Overwhelmed? You might be unconsciously believing crap. Here’s something to watch out for: Are you unconsciously blaming your weight on your busy life? “I’m too stressed to worry about eating right,” “I’m too busy to exercise,” “I’m too overwhelmed with all the changes I need to make in order to lose weight.” There’s an assumption there that says “In order to … Read More

How To Stop Sugar Cravings

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness, Nutrition Advice

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Sugar cravings affect just about everyone at one time or another. And for some people, sugar cravings strike every day! Here are my top 5 tips for how to stop sugar cravings: Stop Sugar Cravings Tip #1: Out of sight = Out of mind Don’t keep sugar in the house where you look at it all the time. Every time … Read More

Stress Management Tips For Stress Eaters

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness

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Stress eating can be disastrous for your weight loss or wellness efforts. Many of us turn to food as comfort during stressful times. And it should go without saying that ‘comfort food’ is more likely to be ice cream or french fries than it is to be green beans or kale smoothies! But putting specific foods aside, stress can lead … Read More

How to NOT Feel Deprived While You’re Trying to Lose Weight

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness

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Do you always feel deprived while you’re trying to lose weight? Here is how to not feel deprived while you’re trying to stay away from sweets and eat healthier: It’s so easy to fall into the trap of thinking about all the foods you’re “not allowed” to eat when you’re trying to lose weight. “I can’t have _____” “I’m staying … Read More

Meal Plans Are Useless

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness, Nutrition Advice

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Losing weight can be hard enough, but the real struggle is keeping it off after you’ve lost it. Most people who lose weight end up regaining it (and often, regaining even more than they lost). Why? Losing weight requires changing how you eat. Losing weight PERMANENTLY requires changing how you USUALLY eat. Keeping the weight off requires new eating habits … Read More

Are You Stress Eating? Or snorkeling?

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness

I have a great analogy to help you with stress eating: I just got home from an amazing once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Galapagos Islands. It’s a magical place with an astounding variety of marine life, and the snorkeling experiences I had there were unquestionably the best ever. But if you never put your head into the water, you wouldn’t have … Read More

Eating Less Sweets

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness

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We’re hard-wired to like sweets and fats. Eating less sweets goes against our survival urges! Our caveman brains are drawn towards foods that are high in calories, and those that give us pleasurable sensations – primarily taste, dopamine reward, and “mouth feel”. Our brain loses its ability to regulate itself when we eat these foods. They override our brain’s normal … Read More

These DO HALT Cravings

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness

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Using food as a source of comfort is something most people struggle with at some point in their lives. Emotional eating is also something we don’t like to discuss (Politics, Religion, and Eating Habits, right?). Emotional eating is personal, and for some it’s painful, but it doesn’t have to be this way! There are strategies to work through it. Start … Read More

How To Keep The Weight Off

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness, Nutrition Advice

Lots of people go on diets and successfully lose weight. But most people end up gaining it back again. Over and over. Have you lost the same 15 or 20 pounds more than once? Why is it so hard to keep the weight off once you’ve lost it? Why Can’t I Keep The Weight Off? Here are the common mistakes … Read More

How To Achieve Success

Guest PostBehavior and Mindfulness

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Why are some people more productive, and infinitely more successful at realizing their financial, physical, spiritual, mental, and artistic goals? Is it due to more desirable circumstances and access to opportunities that others do not have? Are some gifted by their families with a foundation of reserve wealth for which to pursue their talents? Yes, perhaps, but you should know … Read More

Resistance To Change

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness

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I had a conversation with a client this week about her resistance to change. In a nutshell, she said: “I need a more organized and planned life, but when I organize or plan, I don’t want to do it anymore because it turns to an obligation. And I hate to be pushed. Healthy behaviors feel like punishment – just another … Read More

Make Healthy Decisions Easier

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness

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There are many ways to make healthy decisions easier, but here’s a big one. Many of my readers report that they put off making nutrition and lifestyle improvements because making changes seems like a big, hairy, overwhelming monster. They’re afraid to “get started.” Here’s one big reason why changes seem so scary: If you’re like most people, you’ve probably fallen … Read More

6 Secrets To Keeping Weight Off

Dan DeFigioBehavior and Mindfulness, Nutrition Advice

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It’s hard enough to lose weight, but often keeping the weight off is an even bigger challenge. Clients will report to me their frustrating history of losing weight, then gaining it back again. Each successive yo-yo cycle makes it harder to lose. To help you break out of this cycle, here are some of my best ways to keep the … Read More