After an indulgent holiday followed by Easter, my body has been screaming at me to stop giving it a hard time. So I have embarked on a week of healthy recipes and attempts to stop the post Easter chocolate and carbohydrate cravings! It has, in fact been fascinating, observing how after a 2 week stint of old eating habits how quickly the body reverts to its old ways. The sluggishness, bloating, poor digestion and lack of energy quickly creeps back. At the beginning of the week I also found myself craving white bread, crisps and crossiants, a feeling I have not had in a long while, a clear sign I have fallen well and truly off the wagon! By indulging in processed carbohydrates and chocolate over Easter it plays havoc with our blood sugar balancing, giving us huge a spike after consumption promptly followed by a massive crash, which leads you feeling tired, irritable and hungry for your next hit! This kind of diet not only causes middle weight gain but also plays havoc with our hormones and digestive system. So as Easter is over let’s get rid of those Easter eggs and hot cross buns! Luckily with the arrival of spring it is salad time, over the next few months there will be an abundance of beautiful vegetables ripe and ready to be used. Over the coming weeks I will post lots of fantastic recipes using different vegetables. But for now if you are struggling not to have that breakfast crossiant and reaching for the mid afternoon biscuit tin, here are some top tips to get your blood sugars back in balance;
1) Include Protein and breakfast – Add nuts and seeds to porridge or smotthies, have eggs or avocado.
2) Eat at regular intervals small light meals or snacks– always include protein
3) Increase your fibre
4) AVOID ALL REFINED CARBOHYDRATES & SUGAR –Beware of hidden sugar eg frozen yogurt & dried fruit 5) Replace with wholegrains, brown rice, quinoa, lentils.
6) Take a multivitamin which includes Chromium or Alpha lipoic Acid– they great nutrients for blood sugar balancing and they really help with the cravings.
Within a day or 2 you should really start to really notice the difference!