One of the biggest problems I see with my private clients is their out of control food cravings and energy slumps; these are usually followed by irritability and mood swings that would rival Mother Theresa’s patience!
Here are my 5 simple stick strategies for overcoming your cravings...
Low blood sugar is a significant factor in food cravings and fat gain. Eating processed carbohydrates and sugar on their own will eventually trigger your body and brain to become efficient at burning glucose (sugar) for energy instead of fat. However this surge of glucose hits the blood stream causing a spike of insulin as your body attempts to protect it from this state of shock. Now you have elevated insulin levels (attributing to weight gain) so the body needs to work to lower them again and before long your blood glucose levels have fallen through the floor. These peaks and troughs in blood glucose/sugar can lead to cravings, migraines, mood swings, chronic lethargy and more.
ACTION = Always include foods from protein, fat and carbohydrate sources at every meal. Check out my 28 Day Fresh Start Detox for details on how to get started.
Food cravings are often a sign of protein deficiency or an inability to digest proteins. This can lead to cravings, anxiety and/or depression. According to Julia Ross, author of The Mood Cure amino acids (the building blocks that make up proteins) are essential for the brain to receive and send messages. If for instance you are low in certain amino acids you may crave carbohydrates, chocolate or alcohol.
ACTION = Up your protein content at every meal and snack and consider taking a specific enzyme to help break down the protein you are eating.
For those sensitive to gluten grains such as wheat, oats, barley and rye the undigested protein particles can create morphine like effect in the body as they enter the blood stream, releasing endorphins that cause a greater craving for the very food, gluten, that is causing the problem.
ACTION = Try the 28 Day Fresh Start Detox and experience the positive benefits of a gluten free diet.
Pathogenic bugs, yeast and fungal overgrowth thrive on a diet of grains, processed carbohydrates and sugar. These bugs will cause you to crave and eat the very foods that are keeping you stuck in your sugar craving hell.
ACTION = consider a GI Effects lab test to determine your good and bad levels of bacteria and discover if you have pathogenic bugs living in your gut.
Low fat diets, which have been the norm for many years, can actually lead to a lack of satiety. Saturated fat as detailed in Eat fat Lose Fat by Mary Enig and Sally Fallon are vital for correct brain, nerve and hormone function. Low fat diets can actually lead to binge eating as your brain attempts to maintain balance, searching for this vital macronutrient.
ACTION = include high quality coconut oil in your daily diet. Coconut oil can be metabolised more efficiently than saturated fat due to its molecular structure and is suitable for a dairy free diet.
If all this sounds like too much hard work, let me take the strain out of the change!
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