Eating Plan to Overcome Sugar Cravings!

Eating Plan to Overcome Sugar Cravings!
Julie Doherty Naturopathic Physician Hackham, SA

An Accredited Member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, Julie Graduated with distinctions from S.A. College of Botanic Medicine and Natural Therapies Pty Ltd. Professional Qualifications include: Naturopathic Doctor, Herbal & Homoeopathic Practitioner: Diet and Nutritional Medicine: Remedial & Therapeutic... more

The health risks of sugar are becoming more and more apparent each and everyday due to the enormous increased consumption of fast, packaged and processed foods, soft drinks, pastries, cakes, lollies biscuits being seen as regular everyday treats and consumables.

It is these every day treats and consumables that are "killing" your children, causing obesity, heart disease, brain dysfunction and more.

So How do you Avoid temptation? 
  • Firstly, do a little shopping at the supermarket or grocery store as possible.
  • If you have to shop at the supermarket, have a list and only shop in the isles of the items that you have on your list.
  • Try to go shopping without the children.
  • Only purchase your Petrol from the Service Station (NOTHING MORE)
  • Avoid having any form of junk or fast food, drinks or lollies at home.
Daily Menu Plan to Overcome your Sugar Cravings

Begin the Day: Drink 2 – 2 ½ litres of filtered water per day – Water acts as a main messenger for vitamins, minerals and nutrients; secondly it cleanses the toxins that you are taking in and these affect the quality of your cells. You loose 1.5 litres of water each day through perspiration and breathing so this also needs to be replaced otherwise dehydration could take place and major organ damage is commencing.

As a fresh start to the day ½ -1 lemon squeezed into a glass of warm water first thing in the morning. Then it is important to clean your teeth, as the lemon will damage the enamel coating on them.

Breakfast:

Two poached, scrambled or boiled eggs. You may like to include some cooked tomato, asparagus, mushrooms and bake beans.

Other suggestions for some variation can be:

  • It is necessary to have 4 – 5 pieces of fruit per day, so what better time to have it than breakfast. These can include mango, 4 –5 strawberries, kiwi fruit, banana, rock melon, honeydew, pineapple, apple and apricots. Add to this a tablespoon of L.S.A. and psyllium husks mixed, organic muesli or cereal, then a small tub of vanilla yogurt. You may like to begin with a bowl of porridge; oats are very healing for the nervous system.
  • Another way to have this is to put it all in a blender and you can drink it on the way to work.
  • A cup of herbal tea such as green, or a cup of plain black tea

Mid – morning snacks can include:

A piece of fruit, tub of Greek yogurt, a handful of almonds or some hummous with water crackers or vegetables sticks such as carrots, celery, cucumbers, broccoli and so on

Lunch:

This can include a variety of foods such as:

  • Lettuce, tomato, mushrooms, celery, grated carrot, onion, alfalfa, chickpeas or soya beans, and avocado and may be some cottage cheese or feta cheese.
  • If there is cold weather you can include a cup of homemade vegetable soup.
  • For some variety and not wanting to lose weight includes – Pitta bread, a grain roll, or bread that is fortified with Soya and linseed.

Dinner:

  • Fish – this can be eaten two to three times per week, preferably at least one fish meal per day, as this reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. You then may include one meal with red meat per week, preferably lamb as this is still the least contaminated meat. Chicken and turkey can be included once or twice per week, preferably organic.
  • If however you are vegetarian, it is important to include soya beans, tofu, and bake beans, and nuts such as cashews, peanuts or Brazil nuts these can be used whole in the stir fry or made up as a sauce over the vegetables. It is important to include at least 4 – 5 vegetables (see below for examples). You may say WHY? Organic is the hormones given to the chickens and cows that then in turn will bring about hormone disturbances in YOU.

This is why suggestions are becoming very strong to move away from Dairy products because of these issues.

Go for non-genetically modified, organic Soya milk and products.

Vegetables to include: Sweet potato, cabbage, carrots, parsnips, swede, spinach, beans, peas, pumpkin, broccoli, brussel sprouts and zucchini. Nori otherwise known as seaweed is available in various forms powder, sheets that are used for sushi, which can be included in soups or made up as sushi. You could also have a salad at lunchtime.

Note: It is better if wanting a spread to use a small amount of butter. In preference to margarine, butter is a natural product which is metabolized by the body whereas margarine is man-made and is not easily metabolized or utilized by the body. However spreads such as tahini, almond and other nut or soya bean spreads are much more beneficial for your health.

Here is the link for you that you will want to read -  "How Sugar Harms Your Body & Mind"