Posted by Merran Lusher 31 Days Ago
Over the last 30 years, the drive towards convenience foods to support our busy, working lives has sky rocketed and with that – sugar cravings, and the evolution, or should I say devolution of our taste buds. The advance in technology and demands of our modern age have had a massive impact on our diet, lifestyle and subsequent physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing.
There are many culprits we could point the finger at, but one seemingly harmless standout that has won international acclaim, having infiltrated the lives and pantries of millions of loyal subjects, is our sweet and salacious friend…SUGAR.
In a recent edition, I exposed sugar for the addictive, harmful and seductive siren that she is and challenged you with the some thought-provoking questions. So today, I want to shed some light and share with you my top tips on how to reduce your intake and beat sugar cravings:
6) Eat a mid morning and mid afternoon protein rich snack: good examples include a banana and a small handful of walnuts, an organic/free range boiled egg, a low sugar health food bar, an energy ball, an oatcake with cheese, or veggie sticks with hummus. The key is to eat every 2-3 hours. If you leave it too long until your next meal, your blood sugars will drop and those seductive cravings will return.
Lunch – 1pm; Afternoon slump – around 4pm. Tea and a biscuit anyone? Quite the contrary my friends. The solution is to eat an afternoon protein rich snack around 3:30pm. By fuelling your body with a sustained energy source in advance of your usual slump, you will miraculously cruise through to the end of your working day with a spring in your step.
It’s common not to feel hungry when working a busy day, troubleshooting this and fire fighting that. This is a classic sympathetic nervous system response where the brain translates a busy/stressful day in the office, as a threat to your survival. Adrenalin and cortisol levels spike, causing the body to switch over into ‘running from danger mode’. Appetite is subsequently supressed and you just keep going and going.
So when your energy levels eventually crash and you reach for that afternoon coke, coffee, or chocolate bar ‘to pick you up’, you would be forgiven for thinking that it has nothing to do with the need for food…and yet this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Modern day stressors may have replaced age-old stressors like running from tigers - but the physiological response is still the same. Stress hormones spike, appetite is supressed, blood sugars levels crash and low energy levels quickly follow.
The above nutraceuticals are general suggestions and of course every ‘body’ is different. Sugar cravings can also be a sign of adrenal depletion, nutrient deficiencies, liver insufficiency, Candida, parasites and more. For a tailor approach to balance your sugar cravings, seek the services of a registered naturopath or nutritionist.
Keep hydrated. Sugar cravings can spike when we are dehydrated and particularly after exercising. Drinking adequate water is also essential for the health and regulation of so many other bodily functions. It’s a win-win.
If you are conscious about wanting to reduce your sugar consumption, use the 80/20 rule of thumb. Be good 80% of the time, and 20% of the time, enjoy yourself. After all, It’s not about depriving yourself of deliciousness – it’s about empowering yourself with the knowledge to make healthy, conscious food choices.
An expert in holistic healthcare, Merran integrates a unique blend of functional naturopathic nutritional medicine with BodyTalk - a scientifically proven form of energy medicine. With an exceptional success rate she intuitively works with her clients to help identify, fix and balance an extensive range of mind body conditions.
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