How To Tame Your Sugar Cravings with Veggies

Hey You,

If you’re like me, then you can’t help but crave sugary things. By sugary things, I don’t  just mean candies and chocolates.. I mean processed foods with refined sugars too, like pasta and bread.

A little known fact is that our brain reacts to sugar just like it reacts to cocaine. No wonder its so addicting to us huh? 

Natural sugar is good for us of course, but once we start consuming too much refined and processed sugar our bodies are not sure how to process it, specially with the high doses  we consume,  leading to inflammation inside our body. This inflation is the last thing we want, and since its inside out bodies maybe the only immediate reaction we’ll get is to feel a little bloated. However, over time this  can lead to many types of diseases such as cancer , yeast infections, diabetes, heart disease, tooth decay….  Apart from all of that it also increases stress, can lead to obesity, accelerates aging.. Doesn’t sound too good right?

There’s obviously a big issue here. Most processed foods are loaded with sugar, sugar we can’t really see or sometimes even really taste but it still triggers our brain and a little voice tells us ” eat more. eat more”.

Maybe your goal is to loose weight, to feel healthier or to heal yourself. Whatever it is we can all benefit for this cool little brain trick.

So how can we tame these cravings without having to take pills or be too hard on our selfs? 

The answer is – Sweet root vegetables

  • Sweet potato 
  • beets
  • squash
  • carrots  

These are just some options you have 🙂

How does this work? 

Vegetables are primarily made up of carbohydrates. Some vegetables however have more sugar than others in the form of starches. So the vegetables are broken down by your body to give you the source of energy in the form of sugar. The difference between vegetable sugar and sugar found in processed food is that vegetables are high in complex carbohydrates that break down at a steadily pace and is easy for the body to process. The other sugars are made up of  simple carbohydrates, they raise your blood sugar rapidly and then drops it super fast, leading to feelings of anxiety and even depression

These vegetables helps satisfy your sugar cravings while nourishing your body with loads of nutrients. They are high on vitamin C, Beta – carotene and the more colorful they are the higher level of antioxidants they have. 

And thats just beginning  

The more vegetables and nutrients you consume from healthy foods, the less cravings you will have. Your body won’t be lacking vitamins and asking you to eat more, it will be satisfied and nourished.

I just want to throw in there that it’s important to listen to our bodies and understand why it wants what it wants, usually its just trying to tell us something 🙂

I hope this helps, and if you’re wondering, the picture above  is sweet potatoes and beets baked with turmeric and sprinkled with himalayan salt. Perfect netflix snack? It’ll probably get you up and moving 🙂

Learning & Growing

Alana

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Carol says:

    Great idea Alana and they taste good as well..don’t they?

    1. Alana Lima says:

      Oh yes! So flavorful and could be paired great with a variety of other veggies too!

  2. Rodrigo Lima says:

    Love it! Great healthy tips! Congrats and Thank you!

    1. Alana Lima says:

      <3 I'm happy you enjoyed

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