|Banishing the Sweet Cravings!
||[Oct. 5th, 2006|05:21 pm]
Fit With Baby
I thought I would post a little info on beating those sweet tooth cravings:|
-first sweet cravings can actual be your body NEEDING more protein. Carbohydrate metabolism regulates protein metabolism and vice versa. If too much sweet flavor (carbohydrate) is eaten, especially as refined sugars, then protein needs increase. Complex carbohydrates such as WHOLEgrains, legumes, and vegetables have a balance amount of carbo and protein to reduce your bodies cravings. Also the longer you chew complex carbs the sweeter they become, helping to quench that sweet tooth, the longer you use these good foods slowly the cravings will go away.
-eat sweet vegetables for desserts such as beets, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, parsnips. Recent stuides has found in particular that carrots will effect the make the bloodsuagr rise as fast as those sweets you crave but will last longer than refined sugar and with a less extreme effect on the body.
-Micro-algae predigest their own starchs into sugars, they are all excellent sources of easily digested protein for quickly regulating sugar metabolism: spirulina, chlorella and wild blue-green algae are all highly effective in reducing sweet cravings
-eat sour, pungent, or spicy to diminish cravings (taken from the eastern medicine theories)
-cravings can be caused by hyper-acidity, which often results from lack of exercise or eating too quickly, too much or an excess of meats and refined foods. In these cases have some raw or lightly cooked vegetables or a glass of bancha tea with lemon or even do something which doesn't involve eating. Exercise or breathe deeply until the cravings subside.
-sweeten desserts with fruit, fruit juice, rice syrup, barley malt, maple syrup, molasses or amasake. All high in minerals to balance sugar metabolism. Be wary of "natural sweetners" such as fructose, brown sugar and turbinado sugar. All as just as refined as the white sugar counterparts. Also be wary of NO/LOW SUGAR treats that are sweetened with maltitol, sucralose, aspartame, xylatol etc... all are unconclusive in their effects on the human body, many have found they cause stomach pains and abdomial cramping because they are not recognized by the body and therefore are not utilized and are seen as foreign and are pushed through the system unnaturally fast and painfully.
-in the tibetan tradition sweet cravings come along when the body, mind and spirit are ungrounded or lacking energy. Especially emotionally... protein is also utilized here to ground the individual and give energy. But also emotional needs are to be looked at and not ignored. You will end up trying to eat them and store them on your hips or tummy instead of releasing them and paying attention to what your heart needs.
Now don't get me wrong sweet taste is an important part of our living lives, it's the excess that causes the problems in all parts of our bodies and minds. These are just a few things to think about in your daily life, conscious living will make you a healthy person in all ways. Cheers. xo