Growing up thinking that CRAP food is a ‘treat’ can negatively effect the choices you make when you leave the nest and begin to make your own food choices, especially because of the fact that you feel like you’re ‘missing out’ when your parents don’t let you eat lollies, chips and chocolate all of the time. I know in my case, my relationship with food took a turn for the worst when I was making my own money and became in control of my food purchases. Although I was a vegetarian, I would still make the choice to spend lots of money on junk food. I would even have chocolate at breakfast time some days – just because I thought I was ‘treating’ myself. It wasn’t until I got fat, sick and a face full of acne that I realised what I had been doing to my poor body – obliviously!
What really makes me upset about this whole thing is that adults have a choice – children don’t. It’s sad to see a childs eyes light up when they are given a lollie, to seem them going absolutely crazy on a sugar and chemical high and then to seem them get so distressed and out of control when they are coming down from this high. Here is a snippet of info I found on the Hungry for Change Website that explains EXACTLY what I’m talking about:
9 Simple Tips For Kicking Sugar Cravings
1. Avoid Processed Junk Foods You know from watching ‘Hungry For Change’ that sugar and processed foods can be as addictive as heroin. Eating sugar artificially stimulates a region of your brain called the nucleus accumbens, to produce dopamine, the pleasure neurotransmitter. Soon dopamine levels drop and we start to feel “flat”…or a bit “down”. We crave this pleasant, feel-good feeling again…so sugar leads to addiction.
2. Boost Your Serotonin Serotonin, aka “the happiness hormone,” can be raised through a natural low glycemic diet, daily exercise and plenty of deep restful sleep. When you have sufficient serotonin, you are less likely to have cravings for sweets.
3. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With All Natural Stevia The all-natural sweetener, stevia, has zero calories, does not raise blood sugar levels and is 300 times sweeter than sugar. If you have sugar cravings and want to satisfy your sweet tooth safely, stevia is your best bet. Stevia comes in a liquid and powder form from your local health food store.
4. Drink Plenty of Water You may sometimes think that your body is asking for sugar, when in fact it’s dehydrated and really craving water! Try this simple delicious cravings-buster lemonade: In 8 oz. of water, add the juice of ½ lemon and 5 drops of stevia. You could also try a warm cup of green tea, sweetened with stevia with your meals. This way your sweet taste is satisfied and you won’t want a dessert.
5. Keep Your Blood Sugar Stable Eat several small, healthy meals throughout your day instead of three large portions to avoid dips in blood sugar. Your evening meal should be one of the preferred gluten-free grain-like seeds (quinoa, millet, buckwheat, amaranth). If you do this, your body will produce more serotonin, you’ll feel happier and you’ll sleep much better at night.
6. Have Plenty of Greens Loaded with nutrition greens help boost your energy and help reduce cravings for sugar and processed foods.Green juices are an amazing way to add life giving and detoxifying plant chlorophyll to your bloodstream. As Jason Vale says in ‘Hungry For Change’, “juicing is the ultimate fast food, it is a 15 minute nutrient express to health”. Some of my favorite and simple green juice recipes include: Green Juice Recipe Ideas: - Celery, lemon and pear (or apple) - Celery, cucumber, lemon (leave the skin on) and pear (or apple) - Celery, cucumber, kale, lemon and pear (or apple) - Celery, cucumber, lemon, parsley and pear (or apple) I also like to stir whatever green powders I have on hand, try barley grass, wheatgrass, spirulina or chlorella powders.
7. Eat More Sea Vegetables Loaded with vitamins and minerals, seaweed or sea vegetables make for a a great addition to salads and meals! They are mineral-rich while eating anything with sugar immediately depletes minerals from your body. Sprinkle dulse flakes on your salad or an avocado. Add seaweed to your soups for a rich salty and mineral flavour. mmm…
8. Eat and Drink More Fermented Foods and Drinks Fermented foods and drinks can be one of the most important ways to reduce or even eliminate cravings for sugar. Try live fermented kefir, sauerkraut, kim-chi, kombucha tea, natural plain yoghurt, coconut kefir or any of your favourite fermented foods. You’ll be amazed at how the sour taste of fermented foods and drinks relieves the desire for sugar and processed foods.
9. Learn Meditation & Stress Reduction Techniques Meditation can help ward off cravings by helping reduce stress. Stress creates the hormone cortisol, which increases your blood sugar. This is a vicious cycle that damages your adrenals and creates sugar cravings. Try a yoga or meditation class before or after work to calm your body and mind.
Sums it up PERFECTLY! I better get back to work now that I have had a good rant!
Please be safe this Halloween! Maybe replace candy and junk food with fresh fruits?
Thankyou to Hungry for Change for the tips and info!
Have a beautiful day xxxx