How a balanced diet can help nix sugar cravings

Do you struggle with sugar cravings? I used to be addicted to sugar! I’ve learned how to manage it and I’m no longer controlled by sugar, but it is an addictive substance that is really tough to conquer. Here are some of my favorite tips to manage your sweet tooth: 1) Identify your triggers: When do you want sugar? Mid-afternoon slump? Post-dinner? Is it a time when you’re tired, stressed, bored, sad, or feeling other emotions you don’t want to deal with? If you don’t know this about yourself yet, pay attention to your body and use this week to write down when your cravings hit. 2) Plan Alternatives: I find I’m drawn to sugar when nothing else appeals to me. Make a list of go-to foods that

Why Runners Struggle to Lose Weight

There is this misconception that the more you run, the more fat you burn or weight you lose. But for many women, it’s just not true. Many runners struggle with an extra 5-10 pounds, or even gain weight while training for distances. There are exceptions. (First time runners, certain body types, good genes!) But in general, here are 7 reasons that running does not necessarily help with weight loss, particularly around the belly: Running the same distance and paces: Our bodies do best when we mix up our routine, either by slowing down (such as MAF training) or by adding intervals. Strength training is also crucial for a stronger metabolism, toning, and more balanced running muscles. (Despite

The best time to eat a large meal (and the benefits)

If you’re going to eat a big meal, make it lunch. According to Aryuveda tradition, the body’s metabolism burns hottest during the hours of 10am- 2pm and is the most beneficial time to have a larger meal. This gives the body time to digest what is eaten and use it for energy. Eating a larger mid day meal can also be a helpful weight loss strategy. It gets rid of the mid-afternoon snack cravings, and dinner is naturally much smaller than normal as you aren’t starving by 5pm. Over the past year, I’ve been experimenting with make my lunch larger and have found that both my afternoon cravings and post-dinner cravings for sweets are gone. There is also a connection in our brain- if we feel well fe

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