It’s 3PM… your brain is foggy, your eyes a blinking slower than usually and you think that answer to solve this 3pm slump is sugar! Sound familiar? Have you ever noticed that after you have that sweet treat from the vending machine that you actually don’t feel much better an hour after? If anything you are feeling irritated, fatigued and counting down til 5PM.
Scenario 2. You have spent the long weekend catching up with friends over cups or coffee and a few scones, or maybe you celebrated the 3 day weekend with a few too many celebatory chamapgnes. How did you feel this morning? Chances are you woke up moody, irritated and slightly down and out. Sugar could most likely be to blame.
At the Brain Bio Center, their specialists suggest that blood sugar is often the single biggest factor in mood disorders among most adults.
The say eating lots of sugar is going to give you sudden peaks in the amount of glucose in your blood casuing a variety of symptons including: fatigue, irritability, dizziness, insomnia, excessive sweating, poor concentration and forgetfulness, excessive thirst, depressions and crying spells, digestive disturbance and blurred vision. As the Brain depends on an even supply of glucose it is no surprise that sugar has been implicated in aggressive behaviour, anxiety and depression!
SERIOUSLY. All those symptoms just to cure that 3pm sugar craving. It seriously not worth it. We are not suggesting that you go cold turkey, we have compiled a list of things to help you sure that sugar craving without dragging you down into gloom and doom.
- Eat sugar with moderation. Infact The World Health Organisation recommends adults should be only consuming SIX teaspoons of sugar per day. So if you must reach for something sweet please be mindful of how many you are putting in your mouth.
- Fill up on veggies, proteins and good fats during your main meals so that there’s little rom left for cravings. The receptors in the brain for protein and fast work faster than sugar, so we feel full satisfied more quickly and you remain fuller for longer
- Eat sugar with health fats and fibre, if you do want a piece of chocolate have a handful of nuts with your preferably dark chocolate which will keep you fuller and minimize the insulin release.
- GRAB A LADY BAR. Seriously the most delicious yet healthy snack on the go, packed with protein to kick you fuller for longer. You will trick your mind into thinking you are having a chocolate bar but without all the nasties that come with it.