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Lisa Guy: nutritionist

Lisa is an experienced Sydney based naturopath and nutritionist who runs a naturopathic practice called Art of Healing. Lisa specialises in children's health and is the author of the children's nutrition book My Goodness.ASK ME A QUESTION

Sugar cravings

Monday, August 23, 2010

Question:

I am 23 years of age and live a very active/healthy life. I have very high sugar cravings and it just doesn't stop when I eat them. What is the best way stop this and be able to teach my "mind over matter"?

Response:

Sugar cravings can be a sign of unbalanced blood sugar levels. The best ways to keep blood sugar levels stable is by:

  • Eating smaller meals more regularly. By eating a healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks you will be supplying your body with a steady flow of glucose and nutrients to fuel your body and brain.
  • Include protein with each meal. Protein helps to keep blood sugar levels stable. Healthy choices include nuts and seeds, legumes, fish, chicken and lean meat, eggs, dairy and soy products.
  • Choose unprocessed complex carbohydrate foods over refined carbohydrates. Unprocessed complex carbohydrate such as wholegrain breads, muesli, oats, brown rice, wholemeal pasta, root vegies (pumpkin, sweet potato, beetroot), quinoa and buckwheat, are excellent sources of fibre and provide a slow and steady supply of glucose, without causing a sharp rise in blood sugar levels and insulin. Refined carbohydrates on the other hand such as muffins, biscuits, sugar breakfast cereal, and pastries are usually low in fibre and high in sugar. These refined foods will cause a sharp spike in blood sugar levels and insulin surge when eaten, followed by a drop soon after.

    Sugar cravings could also be a sign of a magnesium deficiency. The mineral chromium is essential for sugar metabolism and helps to curb sugar cravings.

    For more information visit Lisa's website, Art of healing.


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