Conquering Sugar Cravings

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Hi there Champions,

After last week’s dramatic discovery of my client’s (Mr. X) ‘Secret Life of Chocolate Stashes’, some of you have confessed to me that you also have the exact same issue and would like to know how to handle and overcome the dreaded ‘Sugar Cravings’.

First of all you need to be ‘Forewarned’ to be ‘Forearmed’. In other words study yourself and check when your sugar cravings hit.

  1. You may find that they come on at specific times of the day. Usually mid-afternoon when our glucose levels drop, then all you have to see is a cute child with an ice-cream and you are done for…..Whooops!!
  2. When you are in a bad mood or stressed. I know you have told yourself, ‘Let me just have a cookie and I will feel better’. And the funny thing is we do! This is because, Carbohydrates (both sugary and starchy) increase the secretion of the brain chemical serotonin, which in turn can improve mood and provide temporary stress relief. But this is only in moderation, this is not an excuse to become the Cookie Monster!!
  3. Cravings just before your period!! Ooh dear! This is when most of the excuses come out….’My body needs it’, ‘If I don’t have something I become really cranky’, ‘This time I really do need something sweet’………and so on and so on. Truthfully, we as women we do need more energy during this time but again this doesn’t mean it has to be the family size pack of Dairy Milk……#justsaying ;-)

 

These are just some of the reasons, there are many more, but more importantly how do we try to overcome them. Remember this will take time and prior planning!

Here are 5 tips to help you.

  1. Eat a High Protein Breakfast – About 15g-20g of protein for brekkie will help you maintain a steady blood sugar level throughout the day
  2. Snack on healthy fats – Fats help you feel full, reducing the likelihood you will reach for the sweets. E.g. Avocado, plain roasted nuts, eggs, olives. All in moderation of course
  3. Avoid artificial sugars – You know those ‘calorie-free’ drinks that you may think are helping your weight loss or healthy eating lifestyle? Well, a study has shown that certain sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose can actually increase your sugar cravings!!!  Consuming these zero-calorie sweeteners reduces the brain’s dopamine levels, leaving the body feeling an intense craving for sugar, which will increase brain dopamine. Avoid this vicious cycle altogether and stay away from artificial sweeteners. It would benefit you to drink fresh juices which contain natural sugars
  4. Sleep a minimum of 8 hours a night – Or as much as possible. You don’t have to watch that box-set of Scandal or Breaking Bad at 11pm and you know you have to be up by 6am!! Remember the info mail I sent out about why sleep is essential?? Take another look at it. Lack of sleep will cause the body to feel hungry and therefore increasing the likelihood of reaching for the sweets
  5. Sweeten with Cinnamon – Not only does cinnamon add flavour to your food but just 1/2 teaspoon daily helps lower your blood sugar levels, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol. It tastes great in coffee, smoothies and in baking

So there it is! You are now armed with the artillery you need kick some Sugar Craving Butt!! Go forth Champions to healthier and more sugar controlled life! I wish you well til next time……

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