I just wanted to say to the other moms out there, that I get it. Before I was a nutritionist, I was chronically exhausted and relied on pick-me-ups like sugar, pastries and bread to get me through the day. I would start my day with carbs like cereal, toast a bagel or a muffin and then would need a mid morning pick me up a short while later.
I would then have a sandwich or a basic salad for lunch with just veggies on it, and would wonder why I would constantly have afternoon energy crashes, with foggy thinking and emotional ups and downs and food cravings.
I found it really hard to say no to foods like pastries, muffins, pizza, baked goods, especially in the afternoon when I was tired.
In my mind, I thought I was eating ok or healthy enough. I was buying foods that said “light,” “low fat” or “low calorie” or “healthy” on the package.
I didn’t realize that WHAT I was eating, HOW I was eating it and WHEN I was eating, was causing the problem.
Since becoming a nutritionist, I’ve learned that almost always, cravings for carbs indicate a blood sugar imbalance.
I hadn’t realized that when I was buying foods that were marketed as “diet foods” or “healthy foods” I was missing out on some much-needed nutrients and these foods were not giving me everything I needed to be healthy or to have balanced energy.
Many times when we experience that afternoon energy crash, it’s because of what we ate at breakfast and lunch. When simple carbohydrates are eaten on their own it can quickly satisfy your hunger and give you an energy boost, but both are only temporary, and it leaves you craving more simple carbs when energy drops a few hours later. And then you’re on a blood-sugar rollercoaster, and the cycle continues over and over.
This cycle will ultimately lead to weight gain, as well as a lot of other health issues, because many diseases actually begin with blood sugar issues.
And, if you team willpower up against blood sugar issues, the willpower will lose every time.
The solution is to balance your blood sugar, which I’ve learned for myself, will go a long way towards getting rid of those cravings.
It’s not a matter of cutting out all carbs, because we do need them. In the Standard American Diet, we just consume way too many of them, and usually the wrong types.
I realized that there were steps that I could take to overcome carb cravings, and I’ve compiled a list of the steps that helped me turn around my carb cravings and helped me to have lasting energy throughout the day.
I would like to share these steps with you if you’re experiencing the same thing.
All you need to do is click on the link below to receive my FREE download “7 steps to curb carb cravings.”
If you have any questions or comments please let me know.
Wishing you health and joy,
May Anne xo
May Anne Jordens-LaFlamme is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and the owner of "Wellness with May Anne." She is passionate about helping women look and feel their best, so they can live a more fulfilling life - without dieting, deprivation, relying on willpower or cooking separate meals for the family.