Best Cravings Killer Doesn't Work? What To Do!
By Joan Kent, PhD
Liquid B complex is the only Nutrition Magic I know. It can crush a sugar craving within a few minutes. But every so often, people tell me they tried it and it didn't work. Why is that?
Careful questioning has uncovered a few mistakes that prevent B complex from working effectively. Avoid these if you can.
Not Using Liquid B Complex
The liquid formulation seems to speed up the B vitamin effect so we feel it within a few minutes. Tablets take longer and may work for daily supplementation, but a "craving emergency" calls for liquid B.
If you already take a daily B complex tablet, you can safely add more liquid B on a day that you get a craving. On the other hand, if you've already used liquid B to stop a craving before taking your usual dose of B complex, there's no need to take the tablet that day.
A one-day "overload" of B vitamins won't be harmful, but it's best to avoid it on a regular basis. (If you have any questions about this, or about whether you should take B complex at all, please check with your doctor.)
Taking B12 Instead of B Complex
For reasons I've never understood, people misinterpret "B complex" as "B12." It's possible that this dates back to the once-upon-a-time practice of getting B12 injections for energy.
Whatever the reason, B12 is only part of the complete complex – and not even the most important B vitamin in trampling cravings. Yet this mistake happens so often, I now clarify immediately whenever I recommend B complex to a client.
So again, use LIQUID B COMPLEX. Not tablets, not B12, not any other individual B vitamin.
Not Eating Enough Protein
This mistake is usually made by folks who haven't worked with me as clients. My clients know I stress the importance of protein.
Protein is a key element in the craving-killing plan. B vitamins work as catalysts to help form specific brain chemicals. When they're at optimal levels, those chemicals can end cravings (and also prevent them). The brain chemicals are made from amino acids – which we learned in 7th grade biology as "the building blocks of protein."
We can't make the necessary brain chemicals without protein.
Protein foods include: fish, chicken, turkey, shrimp, crab, lobster, eggs, and more. For vegans, a scoop of vegetable, brown rice, or hemp protein powder will work.
Don't use nuts! They're healthful fats, NOT protein. Don't use quinoa or beans&rice. They're healthful starches, not protein.
Junking Out On Sugar First
If you've eaten half a bag of cookies, please don't expect B vitamins to stop you from eating the other half. The neurochemical changes that the cookies will have set in motion are powerful – and even more powerful for some people than for others.
For reasons beyond the scope of this article, those brain changes will probably make you want the rest of the cookies.
Suffice it to say there's simply no way a teaspoon of liquid B complex can override the strong effects of any sugar you may just have eaten. The most helpful procedure is to use B vitamins to stop your craving so you don't eat cookies in the first place.
If you find it too easy to reach for cookies because you're home and they're conveniently located in your kitchen cabinet, why not do yourself a huge favor? Don't keep cookies in your kitchen. Throw away the ones you have. Don't buy more.
It Works If You Work It
Liquid B complex is still the only nutrition magic I know. It's effective and quick. But it's not a stand-alone miracle. It's best used as part of a sincere attempt to reduce dietary sugar.
B vitamins are a short-term solution for stopping sugar cravings. Getting rid of cravings permanently requires changes in diet: more protein and vegetables, less sugar, and so on.
Changing your diet can virtually eliminate cravings. Think of the freedom that would mean for you.
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