Diet and Nutrition

21 August 2012

Girls Night--Conversation, Wine and Cheese Dip?

Posted in Diet and Nutrition

Girls Night--Conversation, Wine and Cheese Dip?

This past weekend I participated in a night in with the girls. It included lots of laughing, conversation, encouragement, wine, some fantastic buffalo chicken cheese dip and ultimate chocolate chip cookies. From the moment I set foot in the door I was relaxed. Looking forward to this all week, I was now able to let my hair down, relax and indulge in some guilty pleasures.

29 July 2012

Energy and Dehydration

Posted in Weight Management, Stress Management, Diet and Nutrition

Curb Cravings Blog Series Pt. 3

Energy and Dehydration

Energy Quick Fix

Cravings for sugar or refined carbohydrates can happen when our body needs an energy fix. Our body can extract energy from sugar very quickly, and is therefore the "food of choice" when a quick fix is needed.

To avoid the need for an energy quick fix, eat for sustained energy. Eat meals that are low in glycemic load – whole unprocessed foods such as whole grains, vegetables, and beans are great choices. They are high in fiber, which moderates the speed at which the sugar is absorbed by the body. Also, make sure you include a moderate amount of good fat and lean protein to slow down stomach emptying and increase satiety.

12 July 2012

Root Cause of Sugar Cravings

Posted in Weight Management, Diet and Nutrition

Curb Cravings Blog Series Pt. 2

Root Cause of Sugar Cravings

In Curb Cravings 'What's Wrong with Sugar' I talked about what sugar was and how it negatively affects our bodies. When I first cut back on my sugar intake (which I never thought would be possible), I remember how all of a sudden I was sleeping better, my PMS wasn't nearly as bad, I had more energy and the list goes on and on. As time progressed, overall I just felt better!

When it comes to sugar, it is not simply that we don't have the willpower or discipline to control our cravings – there are some deeper, physiological and biological reasons behind our urge.

21 June 2012

What's Really Wrong with Sugar?

Posted in Weight Management, Diet and Nutrition

Curb Cravings Blog Series Pt. 1

What's Really Wrong with Sugar?

Sugar used to be my crack! I literally would wake up eating it and wouldn't stop until I went to bed at night. Now I refer to sugar as my crack in a light manner but in all actuality, sugar really is a drug. Over the next few weeks in my Curb Cravings blog series I will identify exactly what sugar is, explain why it is an addictive substance, root causes of sugar cravings and ways to help reduce them. So let's begin....