By Michale Hartte, BASc (Nutr), NNCP, CH
Here are three top tips to put the brakes on the binges and get back on track.
Are you recovering from the holiday season with sugar cravings that won’t go away no matter what you try? Looking to get “fit n healthy” and stop these sugar cravings, once and for all?First, I want to say that you are definitely not alone! Many others have the same problem, including myself years ago, until I figured out how to STOP these sugar urges and start living an authentic fit n healthy lifestyle. In fact, I truly believe my sugar habit was the primary root cause to the early development of osteoporosis and amenorrhea – all of which I have since reversed, naturally, without medications.
The good news is, you can stop these sugar cravings too.
In addition to making the effort to cut out the sweets, look to these three simple solutions to uncontrollable sugar cravings:
- Eat “healthy” fat with each meal and snack. Dietary fat stops blood sugar surges (and plunges) in their tracks by slowing down the release of sugar into the blood stream. Healthy fats also ensure healthy cell membrane structure, a great solution for insulin resistance when eaten in the right ratio of 3:1 omega 6 to omega 3. Healthy fat sources include coconut oil and butter (my two favourites), ghee, lard, bacon drippings, extra virgin olive oil, macadamia oil or palm oil, avocados, cocoa butter, nuts and seeds (ideally soaked and/or sprouted), nut butters and oils. Ideally choose organic sources of these to get the biggest benefits. See my Coconut Berry Frozen Square Delight (raw) recipe on page 28 to help curb those sugar binges.
- Fix your gut. An overgrowth of sugar-loving organisms like candida albicans can be driving your sugar cravings. Just like anyone, THEY also want to survive and thrive. What to do? Include both prebiotic and probiotic type foods into your daily diet regime. These two food sources power up your immune system to keep the candida albicans and other pathogenic organisms in check. Prebiotic foods include acacia gum, raw chicory root, raw Jerusalem artichoke, raw dandelion greens, raw garlic, raw leek, raw and cooked onion and raw asparagus. Probiotic foods include fermented, raw veggies (for example, sauerkraut), kimchi, natto, and homemade yoghurt. Caution: first-time consumers of these, go slow and start with ½ tsp of either the juice or food source. Gradually increase.
- Detoxify SAFELY. When shifting the diet to reduce the sweets, include more healthy fats, as well as prebiotic and probiotic foods, there will be some “die off.” Die off is essentially the aftermath from the battle between your immune system and the excess pathogenic sugar-loving organisms. Be certain, if you do choose to go on a detox, to do it safely! By this, I mean keeping your liver and kidneys working well to get the garbage out. You will know if you are performing your detox correctly if you feel well and are having two to three properly formed bowel movements while on the detox.
Secret trick to stop you from eating what you know you shouldn’t: Ask yourself this question, “Do I want it enough to wear it?” Because that is exactly where it will go… straight to your belly fat!
Michale Hartte, BASc (Nutr), NNCP, CH, a Kelowna resident, spends her time raising her incredibly healthy young sons, while she runs a private nutritional practice and offers online, in-person and by-phone appointments. Michale is a registered nutritional therapist, chartered herbalist and a registered Biotherapeutic DrainageTM practitioner. To find out more about how you can get Fit n Healthy, please visit www.fitnhealthynutrition.com.
*Reprint from our Winter 2016 Issue