Sugar Cravings, Settle the Sweet Tooth by Rachel Schwartzman – #WellbeingWednesday
So many people I see tell me how their energy declines in the middle of the day around 3 pm, and the sugar cravings kick in. This is the time of day when our cortisol levels are starting to dip and our body needs to be re-fueled. Sugar has negative effects on the body including; leaching minerals from the body, depressing the immune system, contributing to obesity, is linked to deficiencies in memory and even to cancer. Reducing a high sugar intake is essential to overall health, but also to remember to go easy on yourself, with all good things in moderation.
Ditch the white sugar and go for the fruit. This is an easy tip that can not only satisfy your sugar cravings but also give your body the vitamins, minerals, fiber and water it needs to keep energy levels up.
Have protein with each meal. I found this to be really helpful. I used to be protein deficient and wanted sugar all the time. Since making a concerted effort to have protein with each meal I have seriously decreased my sugar cravings. Some ideas are to include nuts and seeds, yogurt, cheese, lean meats to your diet. A good quality protein powder is another option that can be added to oatmeal, cereal and smoothies.
Try adding cinnamon to your diet. This spice is excellent for balancing blood sugar levels. You can sprinkle it onto soups, mix into yogurt, dip your banana or apple into it, or add to cereal.
Eat every 2-3 hours. We often let ourselves go too long between meals causing a dip in our blood sugar levels and our body responds by needing immediate sugar sources and craves a quick fix. Our body likes routine, so an idea for this week might be to schedule your meals and snacks to every 2-3 hours and see how you feel.
Read labels. Sugar is hidden in so many foods, it’s astonishing really. It can be in pasta sauce, salad dressings, crackers, breads, along with the obvious cookies and cakes. You really need to be a detective and read labels.
I hope these are some helpful tips for those of you that crave sugar and can inspire you to become a healthier you.
Rachel Schwartzman is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, Doula and Acupuncturist. She practices in Toronto and can be reached at 416-371-3422. To learn more about Dr. Rachel take a peek at www.rachelschwartzman.com