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Nourish Your Body with Chocolate

Weight loss doesn’t have to mean deprivation and crankiness! And to me, life without chocolate would be pure torture. Thankfully, you can nourish your body with chocolate and lose weight at the same time.

The Top Three Benefits of Cacao.

Here are three great health reasons to nibble on chocolate:

  1. Raw cacao is the most antioxidant-rich food in the world. Its flavonoids prevent free radical damage and prevent premature aging.
  2. Cacao increases blood flow to the brain which has been shown to improve brain function and memory.
  3. Cacao stimulates the production of endorphins, the feel good chemicals in your brain that are known to elevate your mood.

Cacao is a Superfood, Cocoa is Not.

The Latin name for cacao trees means “food of the gods.” But a few letter changes can mean a world of difference.

Raw cacao powder is made by cold-pressing unroasted cacao beans. Cocoa powder is created by roasting the beans which improves the taste but decreases the nutritional value.

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Is Stress Causing You To Eat More?

If you have heard of the term “Stress eating”, then this will probably come as no surprise to you. Many people have discovered that when they are under a lot of emotional stress, they don’t lose their appetite like some, but actually get a bigger appetite and more cravings. Typically, you aren’t actually hungrier, but you feel like you want to eat to help soothe the stress.

What is Stress Eating?

Stress eating and emotional eating are very closely linked. This is when you are feeling down, sad, upset, stressed, or depressed, and you want instant gratification. Stress hormones can actually make you feel like you are hungry because you know eating something will provide short-term relief. This is the same way emotional eating works. You want a quick fix, so you think about how food will help, and then over time, every time you are stressed, you suddenly feel hungry. Except most of the time, it is not true hunger from not eating enough. It is related to your...

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How to Reduce Sugar Cravings with Ease

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Here are a few of my favorite ways to eliminate sugar cravings and stay on track to creating more energy, clear skin, weight loss, and so much more!

 

Cinnamon

Naturally helps to balance blood sugar levels and adds a familiar taste of comfort to things like tea and coffee.

 

Chromium

A mineral that’s often deficient if you find yourself craving sugar and refined carbs. Chromium is something I like to take on days where I’m especially prone to sugar cravings, like when I’m stressed.

 

Exercise

Sometimes the only reason you’re even craving sugar is because your body and brain are addicted to the rush of feel-good hormones. Exercise does the same thing, except it’s MUCH healthier.

 

Journaling

If you’re feeling emotional and your first instinct is to reach for the ice cream, try writing in a journal instead. You’ll feel so much better and getting your emotions out is often all that’s needed.

 

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Common Reasons You Are Always Hungry

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Your appetite can be controlled by many things, from how much you’re eating, to your hormone levels, physical activity, and so much more. If you find that you’re constantly hungry, like say after a filling meal, you feel “starving” after an hour or so, it might be time to look at the possible reasons.

Check out these four possible reasons you might find yourself eating more often than you’d like.

You Are Not Getting Enough Protein

While protein alone won’t suppress your appetite, it does have an impact on how hungry you are. If you find that shortly after a meal, you’re hungry very soon after, or that you get hungry pretty much all day long, you probably don’t eat enough protein. Look at your meals and figure out how much protein you are consuming. The amount you need is different for everyone, but if you rarely have much protein, and instead eat a lot of refined carbs and sugars, it’s time to have more balanced meals.

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8 Tips to Help You Stop Eating Sugar

cravings sugar Oct 11, 2020

Sugar is nothing but empty calories, the calories that only make you gain weight and don’t provide you with any benefits because they don’t contain any nutrients. Cutting out sugar can be very hard, especially when you have a sweet tooth. Here is are some tips to help you stop eating sugar.

 

1. Start slow and take baby steps

If you try to cut out all sugar from your diet at once, you will fail, because those cravings will come back with a vengeance. It will feel more like a punishment than an accomplishment. Instead of completely cutting out all sugar from your diet at one time, start controlling the amount of sugar you DO consume. For instance, if you take three teaspoons of sugar in your tea or coffee, try cutting back to two for one week, then down to one. For that sweet tooth, start by just cutting out chocolate and candy before you abandon everything like baked desserts, or just save it for special occasions.

 

2. Use sugar alternatives

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15 Healthy Swaps to Combat Your Sugar Cravings

clean eating cravings sugar Aug 30, 2020

The average American, according to Dr. Oz, consumes roughly 150 pounds of sugar a year. When you consider that fact, it’s not difficult to guess why we, as a nation, struggle with obesity and diabetes. Mildly overweight people usually store about 5% of the sugar they eat for energy. They metabolize about 60% and they store about 35% as fat for future energy needs. The problem is that we rarely need to tap into those fat stores so they just keep accumulating.

What we whimsically call a “sweet tooth” is really just a cute name for a sugar craving, or a passion for sweet foods. If you’re the girl most likely to hit the dessert bar twice, you probably identify as someone with a “sweet tooth.” And that might not be entirely your fault.

There is recent evidence that suggests a genetic root to the lust for sugar. Plus research proves that “Sugar Addiction” is as real as drug addiction and probably harder to beat. Hardcore metabolic roots for...

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Late Night Cravings: How to Stop Eating at Night

cravings mindfulness May 14, 2019

Do you find yourself eating in the evenings when you know you’re not really hungry? Nighttime eating is a major culprit for extra calories and weight gain. It can become something of a vicious cycle that you struggle to break away from but with the right mindset and tactics, it can be done. Here are some top tips for stopping nighttime eating. 

What are the triggers? 

A few potential triggers of nighttime eating include: 

  • Are you limiting what you eat in the day (or have less of an appetite in the daytime) and overcompensate later on with the calories you eat? With this approach to eating, you can easily eat more calories at night than in the rest of the day combined. 
  • Eating in line with your emotions. If you’re feeling stressed, bored, lonely, upset or angry, emotional eating can trigger late-night eating. It’s pretty common to feel more in control of your eating in the daytime, especially if you have a fairly structured day that...
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