Beat Those Sugar Cravings

We all get hungry in between meals, thats when we reach for the snacks, usually loaded with sugar. This sends us into a vicious cycle as we up our blood sugar levels. We get a short term sugar fix with a short high. This is followed by slumps in energy and tiredness occurs. Not only will these sugary snacks affect our energy levels, they will affect our skin, our moods, our brain function, our teeth, our cravings, our weight and will feed the candida inside our bodies, possibly leading to more serious illness.

The snack ideas I have given below are to reduce your sugar levels. If you stick to them and cut out high sugar foods, you will see the differences within a week. You will suddenly notice your cravings decrease and you will gain control of your body and what you put in it once more. Now, it may be very difficult at first, its almost like coming off a drug. Sugar IS an addiction and so you may suffer withdrawal symptoms. Hang in there, this will not last and soon you will be on your way to a new, healthier you.

Heres a few ideas of things we can snack on if we do get those munchies in between meals.

A small bowl of toasted nuts and seeds along with a cup of cleansing herbal tea.

• Sunflower seeds

• Pumpkin seeds

• Pecans

• Almonds

• Brazils

• Hazelnuts you choose!

My favourite cleansing tea is from PUKKA teas called cleanse with organic nettle, fennel and peppermint.

Homemade Protein Balls

These little balls of goodness are packed with snacking delights. Because theyre packed full with ingredients, you only need one to see you through. Check out my recipe section for the recipe.

Coconut Crumbles

• Sesame Surprises

The great thing about these little beauties is that they can be kept in the fridge or even freezer and given in a gift bag to friends.

Tip: Its all about being prepared! Having things toasted, pre-made, chopped in jars etc. all prevents you from turning to the dreaded sugary snacks.

Crunchy Crudités

Get those raw vegetables chopped and get dipping! You can either make your own dips or choose from a plethora of choice in the shops (just watch the sugars in the shop bought ones).

Did you know? A sample from a TED Talk by Sandrine Thuret, Principal Investigator & Lecturer in Neural Stem Cell Research

And then finally, let me point out the last one a quirky one.

So Japanese groups are fascinated with food textures,and they have shown that actually soft diet impairs neurogenesis,as opposed to food that requires mastication chewing or crunchy food.