6 Secret Weapons for Successful New Year's Resolutions

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These seven secrets can help you keep your New Year's resolutions.If you’ve ever tried to quit smoking, swear off sugar, or kick caffeine, you know the symptoms of withdrawal: headaches, irritability, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and insomnia. These symptoms can be enough to derail even the most committed among us.

Fortunately, withdrawal symptoms can be eased considerably with these six secret weapons:

1. Buffered vitamin C
is particularly helpful for those addicted to nicotine, alcohol, and sugar. Take 500–1,000 mg whenever you feel a craving, up to a maximum of 10,000 mg per day (high doses may cause GI upset).

2. The mineral chromium helps to balance blood sugar levels and curbs cravings for sugar. Take 200–400 mcg of chromium per day.

3. The amino acid l-glutamine is a tried-and-true therapy for alcohol cravings that also works for sugar cravings. Take 25–500 mg up to three times a day. To stop intense cravings, open a capsule and let the contents dissolve on your tongue. At the Whitaker Wellness Institute, we recommend 2-4 capsules per day of Anxiety Control. It contains glutamine and other amino acids that act on brain receptors to deactivate your emotional alarm center.

4. To minimize caffeine withdrawal, wean yourself off by brewing or mixing your coffee with small amounts of an herbal coffee or coffee substitute. Gradually (over a two- or three-week period) increase the amount of herbal coffee or substitute while decreasing the coffee.

5. If you crave chocolate, try drinking tea made from anise, fennel, and licorice root. These herbs contain natural sugars that stabilize blood sugar levels and diminish the cravings for sweets.

6. The craving for sweet and creamy foods that are high in fat may be triggered by a deficiency of the mineral zinc. Take 30 mg zinc daily. And avoid crash dieting—a rapid loss of body fat can trigger the craving for fatty foods.

Now it’s your turn: Do you have a secret for kicking a bad habit?

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