If you have a relentless sweet tooth, next time you're hit with a craving, stop and take stock of what exactly is going on at that present moment. Accept that 'yes I really want chocolate right now' but ask yourself why. There's always something else driving the desire for a sugar fix - especially if the desire is sudden, strong and all-consuming.
By eating more sugar than our bodies actually need, we are storing the excess as fat, leading to an increase in obesity and many other health problems throughout the world. Keeping track of how much sugar we eat can be difficult, though, as it goes by many different names and is hidden in some unlikely foods.
Sugar is and will always be a treat, just like a glass of wine or the occasional cigarette but when there are equally bad effects on the health then surely its time that we call a cut on the amount that we consume. It may taste sweet initially, but the long term effects which aren't being showed to us should make you feel bitter.
sually, I work out 4 times a week, and I eat healthily, But, for one week during every month, I am, shall we say, less than vigilant with my food choices! Obviously I don't want the fact that I fall to pieces once a month to sabotage all my other anti-ageing efforts. It's scary to think that for 12 weeks of the year I eat junk and empty calories that do my body no good at all.
I found the experience challenging and was receptive to its high's and low's. I found myself feeling less sluggish and found that overall, it balanced my hormones. I also noticed that it changed my taste buds. The couple of times that I did cave in, I noticed that the sugar tasted sweeter and I therefore consumed less.
I quite often eat chocolate for breakfast. Real chocolate is extremely healthy stuff. It contains powerful antioxidants called polyphenols - nearly twice the number contained in red wine and three times the number in green tea. It lowers insulin resistance, protects your nervous system and reduces your risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease.
It horrifies me to see people gorging on products marketed as "low fat" that are loaded with carbohydrates and sugar which is more likely to lead to increased weight. There is mounting scientific evidence that not only is sugar toxic to the body but it also drives appetite by interfering with hormones produced by the brain that give us a sense of fullness.
Can't resist the lure of KFC or the 4pm office chocolate run when you're feeling peckish? Then it's likely be your junk food addiction, not your stoma...