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4 Tricks to Kick Your Sugar Cravings
I know, it feels like a mountain to climb – the thought of giving up sugar can leave you feeling horrified! But help is at hand – take a look at my 4 tips to get your started.
Sugar – it’s everywhere! It’s even been headline news recently for being linked to heart disease and earlier this year being hailed as the ‘new tobacco!’
We know for sure, that sugar is linked to the increase in Diabetes Type 2 and the rise in obesity. So, how much sugar is safe? Is it safe or not so safe to eat fruit after all that too contains sugar?
Ideally, sugar should make up about 10% of our daily intake of a variety of foods according to the NHS. This includes food and drink consumption, and it also has to take into account the health and lifestyle of the person consuming the sugar.
#1 Yin Yang Balance
To get more balanced on the yin/yang spectrum, eat foods that are “neutral” – e.g. sweet vegetables such as sweet potatoes, parsnips, butternut squash, sea vegetables, beans – all types, fish especially oily fish like salmon, trout, tuna, whole grains – quinoa, brown rice, leafy green veg, nuts and seeds.
#2 Sustained Energy
- Eat meals low in glycemic index – e.g. pair complex carbohydrates with moderate amount of good fats and protein. So eat snacks that are rich in protein and complex carbs – my favourite is hummus and carrot sticks or you could try eating an apple with a chunk of Lancashire cheese, alternatively a handful of nuts with a piece of fresh fruit is a great combo.
- Eat foods rich in B vitamins to keep your energy levels high. Found in meat, fish, poultry, eggs, green leafy vegetables and wholegrains. B Vitamins are essential for the conversion of proteins, fats and carbohydrates into energy.
- Ensuring you have healthy protein snacks instead of sugary carbohydrates-based snacks will stop your sugar cravings.
#3 Proper Nutrition
- Eat enough protein – e.g. meat, fish, dairy (high quality and in moderation), nuts and seeds, eggs and beans.
- Increase chromium intake – e.g. brewer’s yeast, beef, liver, whole wheat, rye, fresh chilies, oyster, onions, potatoes, wheat germs, eggs, chicken, apple, butter, banana and spinach. Chromium helps to control blood sugar.
- Increase sulphur intake – e.g. meat, fish, poultry, egg (yolk in particular), milk, legumes, onion, garlic, cabbage and kale.
#4 Manage Your Stress
- Try breathing exercises and yoga
- Try chamomile tea.
- Take a bath with a few drops of lavender oil.
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Article written by Andrea Bayles - Henley In Arden
Andrea is a Nutritional Therapist (DipNutr, DipHerb, ND) and Metabolic Balance Weight Management practitioner. She provides nutritional consultation services to individuals for health and wellbeing management and corporate services for employee wellbeing. Andrea specialises in digestive health and provides a complete testing service for digestive problems, hormonal issues and nutritional... [read more]