Hi there, I’m May Anne, and I’m a holistic nutritionist and the founder of the Slim Down Program, where I help people to stop dieting and instead discover a strategic way of eating that boosts their metabolism, balances their hormones, reduces their cravings and boosts their energy, all while regaining their health.
I just wanted to say to everyone else with food cravings, 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, 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.
I didn’t understand it because I thought I was eating healthy enough. I was buying foods that said “light,” “low fat” or “low calorie” or “healthy” on the package. I didn’t realize that the problem was not only WHAT I was eating but it was HOW I was eating it and WHEN I was eating.
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 my body was letting me know by signalling cravings.
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. Your lack of willpower is not your fault. 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.
Reducing your cravings for sugar and starch is a great step towards feeling better and lasting weight loss. I invite you to click HERE for FREE access to my 5-Day Sugar-Free Challenge, where you will receive all of the tools you need to crush your cravings.
If you have any questions or comments please let me know.
I’ll see you next time.
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.