Today I want to share with you some facts about cravings – the 4th element of our 5-Element system. Food is powerful, natural medicine, and we use it that way whether we know it or not!…Our brain is constantly looking for ways to feel better. And if we’re a bit out of balance, foods high is sugar is a quick fix. You know how it goes… over eat sugar and carbs to feel better… feel depressed again when you stop… and overeat again to alleviate those negative feelings.This is how we become “addicted” to sugary foods.
Well, cravings awareness is an essential step in developing an effective strategy to improve your health…the lack of awareness is why so many diets FAIL. Our genetic makeup is not designed for us to eat as many carbs as we do. I often say, if you want to eat sugar you better get ready to run it off – because otherwise it wreaks havoc on your hormones and brain chemistry!
The reason we love sugar (carbohydrates) so much is because it raises our feel-good brain chemicals called serotonin and dopamine. So you instantly feel jazzed, calm and happy about life. But once you stop eating them…serotonin and dopamine quickly decrease, causing feelings of guilt from overeating… and depression from the drop in these brain chemicals. Often you’ll feel worse than before you overate in the first place. This creates the perpetual internal struggle of overeating.
So what can you do to break this cycle? Implement the 5% solution! Exchange a sugary carb with a healthy protein, fat and carbohydrate. For example, if you normally eat 10 cookies, cut that back to 9 cookies and substitute an apple with some almond butter. Each week cut back a little bit more on the sugar and add in something healthier. What exchange will you make this week?
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