Blood Sugar

A Healthier Halloween: One “Trick or Treater” at a Time

Nov 1 is Eat Your Kids Candy Day"In our town, Halloween was terrifying and thrilling, and there was a whiff of homicide. We'd travel by foot in the dark for miles, collecting candy, watching out for adults who seemed too eager to give us treats." -- Rosecrans Baldwin Halloween is no longer revered and feared as the time of year when the veil between the world of the living and of the dead is at its thinnest, but instead as a time to gorge ourselves on sugar while wearing sexy pirate clothes. Not that I have anything against sexy pirates. Healthy Treats to Hand Out All of that said, I truly appreciate that Halloween is that one time of year when neighbors actually meet each other. I’m sad that we live in a world where so many parents no longer feel it is safe for their kids to “trick or treat,” though I entirely understand their concerns. So if you still live in a neighborhood that celebrates Halloween by sending it’s little people out in disguise to beg for sugar, here are some ideas for some healthier treats to hand-out that are individually wrapped but won’t get your house egged (aka no handing out toothbrushes, okay!), but please note these aren’t perfect. Some contain allergens like nuts and dairy and others contain sugars or sugar alcohol though all of my suggestions are gluten free (cuz that’s how I roll), lower sugars and more natural products. Not all of these companies are ideal, but by and large, these are better options to handout than candy corn. Please note, these are in no particular order and I have no ties to any of these companies: (more…)

By Katie Bauer, ago
Cravings

Are Your Sugar Cravings all “in Your Head”?

The first step to changing your relationship to food is to understand that relationship. Uncontrollable food cravings can make changing to a healthier lifestyle daunting and depressing. Social stigmatization can make it overwhelming and feel futile. Some friends, family, lovers, coaches and practitioners may even make you feel like there is something wrong with you because you can’t control your urges for certain foods; however, succumbing to sugar cravings is rarely a matter of willpower. Once you understand the biological mechanics around food cravings, you can take steps to make lasting changes to your diet that will leave you happier, healthier and not feeling deprived. Realize that sugar cravings are not just cravings for that white powdery stuff, but also the foods sugar goes in (e.g. cakes, cookies, processed foods, fast foods, soda, etc.) and those foods that convert into sugar in the body (e.g. anything containing grains, such as breads and pastas; as well as higher glycemic vegetables such as potatoes and cravings of potato chips and French fries; and even fruits and fruit juice). This article is part of a series of articles on supporting you to control your sugar cravings.  Each article uncovers a different cause of your sugar cravings.

A Cause: Imbalanced Neurotransmitters - Maybe it's all in your head...

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By Katie Bauer, ago
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Want Cake? Got Sugar Cravings? Listen to this…

[audio_player style="1" url="http://www.nourishedhealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Got-cravings.mp3" auto_play="Y"] [caption id="attachment_3335" align="alignright" width="300"]Photo by Pierre Vignau: http://flic.kr/p/6gdkHU Photo by Pierre Vignau: http://flic.kr/p/6gdkHU[/caption] Want cake? We all get cravings for certain foods and sometimes those foods are not the healthiest choices for us. “My name is Katie and I am a sugar addict. I’ve been clean for 6 hours.” Sound familiar? I know that I’m not alone. Once I break the sugar addiction and clean it out of my system, I’m fine. The cravings no longer strangle me with their incessant need and persistent control of my life. I stop dreaming about eating dessert. I stop thinking non-stop about getting my next sugar fix. But it’s the getting it out of my system that’s the hardest part. Every. Time. (more…)

By Katie Bauer, ago
Blood Sugar

Prescription for Health: Go Play in the Sun for an Hour and Call Me in the Morning

Winter sun bathingHere in Colorado it is time to rejoice!!! It’s March and while March is our most snowy month, it is also when the sun finally rises high enough in the sky again for us to synthesize vitamin D into our skin. WooHoo!!! Exalt, as our “vitamin D” depleted winter that is generally from November through February has concluded. And if you don’t live on or above the 40 degree latitude (Colorado happens to sit on it), aren’t you lucky, because you have longer opportunities during the year to soak up sun that can be converted to vitamin D.

Okay, so I know that for us whiteys—our pale, see-through complexion of winter hibernating (yes, I’m talking to you too Seattle and Portland) is all the rage right now with the whole mass media vampire sexiness social appeal and the way our too bright, white reflection dazzlingly offsets the color of our hipster black clothing, but…suck it up and get some sun.

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By Katie Bauer, ago
Blood Sugar

One Simple Step to End Your 3pm Slump & Sugar Cravings

Afternoon fatigue

It's 3pm. You are at your desk at work. You can hardly keep your eyes open. The day seems like it's barely dripping by. Ahh dripping...visuals of coffee are conjured. Coffee... Yes. That will give me energy. Coffee... Ooh and maybe there's still a donut left in the break room that the sales guy dropped off at 10am. Oh wait... Maybe there's still a piece (or two) of cake with that pink frosting left over from Marge's birthday party break at 1! Yes, that's it by golly. I'll have coffee, a donut and cake.... Then I'll be awake... Then I can make it through the rest of my day.
Sound familiar? This is a story I hear over and over again confessed from clients, usually accompanied by much embarrassment. The loss of control, as though a demon takes over, at 3pm EVERY day. EVERY day it seems that people all over get "the afternoon slump," where they have no energy and turn to sugar and refined carbs, unconsciously to boost their energy through a boost in blood sugar.

So there it is... Balance your blood sugar before 3pm so that you don't unconsciously crave sugars to boost it when it's low. That's it. But how, you might ask...

By Katie Bauer, ago