Why is Sugar Bad for You?
Sugar cravings are something that develop at a very early age in life. As children we consume junk foods such as fast food, chips, pop and chocolate bars. Eating these types of foods triggers happy feelings in our brains. The earlier in life and longer we continue to ingest these foods it can be even more difficult to kick the habit of eating it.
Over the years, we end up causing sugar imbalances in our bodies. When we eat something that is laden with sugar, our blood sugar is driven upwards. Our internal “self-help” triggers in the body and releases insulin to drop the blood sugar level before it hits the danger spot.
The only problem here, is the fact that the insulin released can bring the sugar levels down below the perfect levels, in turn causing a severe sugar craving. As this continues to happen in your day to day life, it is like a roller coaster effect, as your sugar levels go up and down. This is unhealthy and can cause damage to the body.
One step that can be taken to get this under control, is to be very aware of what you eat during the day. Ingesting healthy fats and proteins on a proper eating schedule will help to keep the body from producing too much insulin. This has to be combined with really limited amounts of sugar or preferably no sugar at all.
The discussion of a proper eating schedule can be interesting. Many people believe you need a big breakfast to start the day off right. For those who study nutrition, this is far from true. Food should be eaten in moderation at all times. Skipping meals is not really advised, unless you are doing it for a short period of time. In fact, three light meals a day, with healthy, non-sugar snacks in between will really benefit you in terms of proper insulin levels and beating the sugar addiction.
What does it Mean to Have a Sugar Crash?
With sugar in your diet, your energy levels also fluctuate. It is not unusual to see someone reach for a chocolate bar or a can of pop because they feel tired at work. They want to complete their tasks but feel they just do not have the energy and are unmotivated. Quick sugar fixes for energy, leads to sugar crashes and sometimes headaches.
The way to maintain your energy level is by eating foods which stay in your system and slow drip the energy. When you cut out the sugar, your body looks for energy in other foods. Eating a diet of healthy fats, gives your body, the fuel it needs.
Think of your body as a furnace that needs to burn fuel to heat the house. Fuel is fed into the furnace on a slow and steady basis, instead of a massive injection. Your body reacts positively when it searches and finds energy from healthy foods.
Great sources of healthy fats are, avocadoes, nuts and virgin olive oil. In the morning, you could have some avocado for breakfast, then snack on some nuts two hours later. Want some lunch? How about a nice green salad, with virgin olive oil instead of store bought sugar laden dressing. You could even add a baked chicken breast for protein. As you work your way through the day, ingesting healthy fats, on a schedule, you are giving your body the proper fuel.
Finishing the day off with a supper that combines healthy fat and protein, will keep all systems running at a balanced level. This means you will feel satisfied and your overall outlook on life will be positive. This is huge, when it comes to getting rid of those sugar cravings. It is when we are out of balance mentally and physically, that we crave a quick sugar fix to get immediate relief…that in turn makes us crash and burn.