Too much sugar consumption can lead to what I call the FLC (Feel Like Crap) Syndrome with a list of symptoms including joint or muscle pain, forgetfulness, brain fog, moodiness, bloating, gas, acid reflux, irritable bowel, sinus or allergy symptoms just to name a few. So many women have FLC Syndrome and don’t realize that they can feel their optimum best in a very short period of time. How, you might ask? Well read on to find out…
Fat doesn’t make you overweight, sugar does. Fat makes you full and balances your blood sugar. Along with protein, have good fats at every meal and snack including nuts and seeds (which also contain protein), coconut or extra virgin olive oil, coconut butter, avocados (an incredible source of “good” fat), and omega-3 fats from fish.
Were you aware that any form of liquid sugar calories is worse than solid food with sugar or flour? Think of it as a main line that transports sugar directly to your liver. It turns off a fat storage machine in your liver, which could result in that “dreaded” belly fat. Liquid Sugar is also the single biggest source of sugar calories in our diet. One can of soda a day increases a woman’s chance of type 2 diabetes by 80 percent. I stay away from them.
Inflammation triggers blood sugar imbalances, insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, and type-2 diabetes – all related to a hormonal imbalance, and the main culprit is sugar. But watch for hidden food sensitivities as well, such as gluten and dairy. We often crave the foods we’re allergic to. Eliminate gluten and dairy from your diet, and just after 2 or 3 days, you will notice many of your common symptoms disappear, and in turn, you’ll have renewed energy.
YES, that’s right, UNLIMITED CARBS (this makes me happy too). Did you know that vegetables are carbs? And you can consume as much as you want. I only mean the non-starchy veggies, though, such as greens, anything in the broccoli family (cauliflower, kale, collards), asparagus, green beans, mushrooms, onions, zucchini, tomatoes, fennel, eggplant, artichokes, and peppers, to name a few.
Avoid having potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash and beets—just for 10 days. Also skip grains and beans for 10 days. It supercharges the results so you get leaner and feel great.
The big P for protein at every meal—especially breakfast—is the key to balancing blood sugar and insulin and cutting sugar cravings. Start the day with whole farm eggs or a protein shake. Consider nuts, seeds, eggs, fish, chicken or grass-fed meat for protein at every meal. A serving size is 4 to 6 ounces or the size of your palm.
If you are stressed, your hormones go crazy. Cortisol goes up, making you hungry, causing belly fat storage, and leading to type-2 diabetes. Did you know that taking deep breaths activates a special nerve, called the vagus nerve, that shifts your metabolism from fat storage to fat burning and quickly moves you out of the stress state. And all you have to do is take a deep breath, anywhere, anytime. …you’re breathing now aren’t ya!
Try my Take Five Breaths Break: Simply take five slow deep breaths—in to the count of five, out to the count of five. Five times. That’s it. Do this before every meal. Watch what happens….and I’d love to know, email me now!
Getting less sleep drives sugar and carb cravings by affecting your appetite hormones Sleep deprivation of just two hours of the recommended eight hours of sleep led to a rise in hunger hormones, a decrease in appetite-suppressing hormones, and big cravings for sugar and refined carbs. Sleep is the best way to fight against the drive to overeat. Go ahead and literally sleep your cravings and your weight away.
You never want to be in a food emergency when your blood sugar is dropping and you find yourself in the airport, the office, or in a maze of convenience stores, fast food joints, and vending machines. You need what I refer to as an Emergency Food Pack which consists of protein, good fats, and good snacks so I never have to make a bad choice. Here’s what’s in mine:
Packets of nut butters and coconut butter with rice crackers
Almonds, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds
Salmon jerky or turkey jerky
Unsweetened wild blueberries
There is no easy way to handle a true physiological addiction except to stop it completely. Trust me, it can be done, I’ve seen it. Go cold turkey and know that you won’t have to white-knuckle it because when you follow these 10 ideas, you will automatically reset your body’s neurotransmitters and hormones. What I am suggesting here, is that you stop consuming all forms of sugar, flour products, and artificial sweeteners, which cause increased cravings and slow metabolism, and lead to fat storage. Ideally, for 10 days you should avoid any foods that come in a box, package, or a can, or that have a label. Stick to real, whole, fresh food.
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Disclaimer: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.