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We’ve got to keep fit, stay healthy, and fight the signs of aging and mental decline. It’s a loud and clear message we hear from medical professionals, health magazines and blogs, and from family and friends.
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But there’s one obstacle in our way: the dreaded sweet treat. From advertisements to TV shows that promote sweet treats, is it a surprise that we cave in? But the fact of the matter is that the message is loud and clear: everything in moderation! So this means having your cake and eating it but also knowing when to cut back. What’s the best way to eat sweet treats but still maintain a vast amount of healthiness in your life?
Eating Chocolate (But The Right Way)
Chocolate is one of the biggest temptations that can even keep us up at night. But, there is a way around this! Eating chocolate with a high cocoa content from a wholesale chocolate supplier, or the very least, the high-end brands in your local supermarket, gives you the opportunity to indulge your sweet tooth, but still have some benefits. The higher the cocoa content, the more antioxidants there are. And in fact, cocoa is fantastic for you in many different ways. If you want to, you can go one step further and join the cacao revolution. But in the meantime, if you really want to enjoy chocolate, at least try this method…
A Little Bit Of What You Love
As we all want unhealthy food on occasion, why don’t we just indulge? Having a little bit of what you love is okay. And if you are really trying to fight those cravings by eating carrot sticks, but you still want that ice cream cone, why don’t you have a little bit? In fact, having a little bit of what you enjoy helps to offset further cravings, at least in the short-term. Here is where you need to exercise portion control; there are many different ways to do this. The key to having everything in moderation is all about a little bit of what you enjoy without going overboard. If you have trouble with self-control when it comes to eating, maybe there is an underlying emotional issue that is contributing to overeating. This is where we need to dig deeper.
Understanding Your Food Triggers
One of the most challenging things for stopping the sugar train is going cold turkey. This means that you’ve got to identify, much like a smoker giving up cigarettes, where you feel the cravings the most. Is it after a stressful situation? Or is it just a constant? This is a good time to consider the biological markers that can impact our cravings. For example, if we have low blood sugar, and a sugary treat gives us that instant high, this is very pertinent. Some researchers believe that sugar might be as addictive as cocaine. If we get into the cycle of craving sugary treats all the time, we’ve got to figure out ways to offset this. Distraction is one method, and in fact, exercising can help you stick to moderate portions. The distraction method, where you shock your body, can take your mind off cravings like taking a cold shower! Ok, that’s extreme but if you have an addiction, sometimes you have to get extreme!
Eating sweet treats but still being healthy is possible; it just requires a little bit more planning and forethought.
It’s easy to fall into the sugar trap! In America we celebrate with sweets, we morn with sweets, we relax with sweets. They are some of the consistent companions in most of our days. The best things to do is avoid sugar as much as possible but the occasional treat isn’t a bad thing as long as you don’t have a medical condition.
Remember moderation is key!