Do you find youself feeling moody or having a short wick? How about feeling shaky or even anxious at times? If you thrive on sugar and/or have a chronic sweet tooth you probably have experienced the sugar blues.
Who doesn’t love a glazed doughnut or a delicious cupcake, right? That’s ok every once in a while but too much sugar can wreak havoc on your body and your mood.
Refined concentrated sugar like what’s found in soft drinks or our favorite sweet treats, enters the bloodstream quickly resulting in a sugar boost or sugar high. But what goes up must come down. So, unfortunatley the high is only temporary. Once our body recognizes a surge in sugar it sends insulin out to bring the sugar level back down. A falling blood sugar can produce feelings of weakness, hunger, fatigue, and letdown.–the sugar blues. When this happens, the usual reaction is to reach for another sugary snack and then another. Do you see a pattern?
Here are some simple tips to curb your sweet tooth and avoid the sugar blues:
1. When you start craving something sweet try eating an apple or banana. The fiber in these fruits slows down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream.This way sugar levels won’t jump around so much. Your energy will stabilize and leave you feeling satisfied longer.
2. Sprinkle slices of strawberries and bananas on your cereal instead of sugar.
3. Gradually decrease the frequency of eating sugared foods. Work from several times daily to three times a week.
4. Learn to be satisfied with smaller portions. You can learn to enjoy one piece of chocolate candy as much as eating the whole box.
5. Eat more high fiber foods like while grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits. These will produce the right kind of sugar high keeping you energetic and feeling good all day long.
A sweet tooth can definitely be reeducated by substituting naturally sweet foods for sugared snacks.
If you are really serious about kicking sugar cravings to the curb you might consider the meal replacement Shakeology. It is packed full of vitamins and minerals and contains plenty of fiber to help you feel full. It also helps sustains your energy levels without the sugar blues.
Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, do you give in to it or do you have it under control? Leave your comment below.
Tasha Nelson is a busy mom, wife and registered nurse on a personal journey to get fit and live healthier while encouraging other women to do the same. She is also a total wellness advocate and enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn’t that what we all want?