Feeling a little sugar overloaded post Easter?
The average daily amount of added sugar in our diet is recommended to be no more than 6 teaspoons, but the effects this little bad boy can have on our health can leave us in a slump to say the least.
In fact the lows of a high sugar diet can mean mood swings, acne, headaches, hormonal imbalances, and the inability to lose weight according to Clinical nutritionist and detox specialist Autumn Bates.
Due to the rise and fall in blood glucose levels it can contribute to increased levels of anxiety, frustration, and an aftermath that leaves you feeling sluggish and tired.
So how is it that we can bust these post sugar blues?
Here are 3 simple steps that will help to reduce those sugar cravings and increase your energy without reaching for that block of chocolate.
1. Identify the craving
When the craving emerges it can leave you feeling uncomfortable and your initial instinct can be to fulfill it at once. This is why such a pattern can become destructive and leave you craving more with little satisfaction.
A huge key to busting this is to acknowledge the feeling and why you might be feeling that way?
Is it because your tired and you’re looking for a lift?
Are you bored or maybe your hungry, or dehydrated?
If it is hunger then eat something that’s a little more fulfilling that has a low glycemic index which can help your blood glucose levels remain in a steadier state, rather than high sugar foods that will leave you hungry again in 30 minutes time.
2. Create a diversion
There are numerous ways we can retrain our brain and body to create the habits we need to succeed, whether that is to lose weight, or live a fitter, healthier life with more energy and ease.
One of these is by creating a distraction when you go to see yourself doing that very thing.
I.e. Eating that one too many pieces of chocolate.
So when that craving hits, after you’ve identified what’s really happening and the fact that it is a sugar craving, the next step is to create a simple diversion. This could be go out for a walk, do 20 ab-crunches, or grab that glass of water to hydrate (and an apple if your levels feel low) anything that is going to move you towards where you are heading rather than away from your healthy living goals.
3. It’s as simple as a decision
With the awareness you now have when it comes to busting those sugar cravings it’s as simple as a decision, remember you must back yourself and follow through in order to break the pattern.
Here’s to busting bad habits team, and remember a piece of dark chocolate is actually healthy for you when consumed in moderation so be kind to yourself and know your limits.
It’s your time, make it count.
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