You know that feeling – it’s now late afternoon, you have still got another two hours to go at work and you need an energy boost. So what do you? You head straight for the vending machine and get your chocolate fix or dip your hands into the biscuit tin of course. And yes you will get that burst of energy that you craved. But the trouble with eating high fat foods is that sugar enters really quickly and causes a rush of serotonin. If there is a sudden rise in sugar levels, the insulin breaks it down very quickly, leading to a drop in both sugar and endorphins. This leaves you feeling worse than before and the danger with this is that you reach for more sugary snacks to boost your mood thus causing you to repeat the cycle of food cravings, weight gain and mood swings which is hard to break.
YES there’s a solution. It is possible to break this cycle and be free from these sugar cravings and avoid a diet high in refined processed carbs and junk foods. They say it takes 21 days to form new habits so why don’t you make the best habit of your life and invest in your health. Go cold turkey by cutting out the microwave meal, all those afternoon biscuits and chocolate treats. You will find that your body no longer craves these sugars and your taste buds start to change. I never thought I’d go a day without chocolate before – even when I had lost the weight but now I can go a good two weeks without thinking of a bar. If you can’t do the 21 days then limit yourself to a small treat at the weekend.
Alternatives to sugar cravings
Replace sweet treats with fruit, yoghurt, healthy nut bars (like Nakd bars not the cereal type with added sugar)
Swap crisps for unsalted nuts. Plenty to choose from as you will recall from my last post.
Change the fizzy drinks for coconut, plain water with a squeeze of lemon or lime.
Replace cheese with humous and crudities.
Get rid of fast food and microwave meals and start to cook from scratch. Stir-fry’s, sweet potato with meat and veg, a bit of pasta with veg really don’t need the skills of the likes of Nigella and Jamie Oliver. You can do it!