Tips & Essential Oils for Sugar Control!

The hot topic right now is sugar, sugar, sugar! This sweet sensation is destroying the health of many and is a hard one to reduce. I've waded through some articles, documentaries and online journals to find information for a good read! 

How much sugar ARE we eating? 

1. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are (7): Men: 150 calories per day(37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons). Women: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons).”

Review this website for the common items you consume and take note to see if your days are high or low in sugars. 

How can we reduce sugar? What helps with cravings?

Reduce or eliminate caffeine. The ups and downs of caffeine include dehydration and blood sugar swings, and may cause sugar cravings to become more frequent.

Drink water. Sometimes sweet cravings are a sign of dehydration. Before you go for the sugar, have a glass of water and wait a few minutes to see what happens. Caution: soft drinks are now America’s number one source of added sugar.

Eat sweet vegetables and fruit. They are naturally sweet, healthy and delicious. The more you eat, the less you’ll crave sugar.

Use gentle sweets. Avoid chemicalized, artificial sweeteners and foods with added sugar. Use gentle sweeteners like maple syrup, brown rice syrup, dried fruit, stevia and barley malt.

Get physically active. Start with simple activities like walking or yoga. Start with 10 minutes a day and gradually increase. Being active helps balance blood sugar levels, boosts energy, and reduces tension which will eliminate the need to self­medicate with sugar!

Get more sleep, rest and relaxation. Simple carbohydrates, such as sugar, are the most readily usable forms of energy for an exhausted body and mind. If you are in a chronic state of stress and/or sleep deprivation, your body will crave the quickest form of energy there is: sugar.

Evaluate the amount of animal food you eat. According to yin/yang principles of eating (such as in Macrobiotics and TCM), eating too much animal food (yang) can lead to cravings for sweets (yin). Imbalances can also occur with too little animal protein (for some individuals). Through experimentation and intuition, you can find which foods create balance for you as an individual.

Eliminate fat­free or low­fat packaged snack­foods. These foods contain high quantities of sugar to compensate for lack of flavor and fat, which will send you on the roller­coaster ride of sugar highs and lows.

Experiment with spices. Coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom will naturally sweeten your foods and reduce cravings.

Slow down and find sweetness in non­food ways! Every craving is not a signal that your body biologically requires sugar. Cravings often have a psychological component. By identifying the psychological causes of food cravings and substituting lifestyle and relationship adjustments accordingly, you can begin to find balance and take charge of your health. When life becomes sweet enough itself, no additives are needed! 

Essential Oils for Sugar Cravings and to Satiate Self.

As many of you know, I LOVE my Young Living essential oils. My body, home and place of work includes the use of oils. Why not use them to curb sugar cravings? Let's check it out!

Sugar cravings can be caused by:

  • Nutritional Imbalance

  • Mental Fatigue or Low Energy

  • Emotional Eating/Habitual Patterning

  • Emotional Stress

Essential oils address the emotional and physical components of these issues.

Dill Dill Essential Oil has traditionally been used to support the digestive and respiratory system. It is stimulating, revitalizing, and balancing. Roman gladiators rubbed Dill on their bodies, believing that they could reduce nervousness and stress before battle. Inhale or diffuse this oil, also use on a 50:50 diluted mix on temples, abdomen or as desired. Maybe used as dietary supplement.

Slique - Helps to control sugar cravings and hunger while providing maintaining healthy blood sugars when already in normal range. It also contains oils that have cleansing properties and is part of Young Living's Healthy Weight Management Kits. Just place a few drops of this oil in water to promote cleansing of the body and help control hunger, especially when used in conjunction with Young Living's Slique Oolong Tea or the Slique Kit.

OcoteaFrom the cinnamon family, it may help to maintain blood sugar levels already in the normal range. Ocotea also has natural cleansing and purifying properties. Dilute 20:80 for putting on desired locations, diffuse or inhale. Maybe used as dietary supplement. 

Peppermint Alan Hirsch MD studied peppermint's ability to directly affect the brain's satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals. Put a drop into your drinking water. Maybe used as dietary supplement. 

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8 Causes of Cravings

Eight Causes of Cravings

The body is amazing. It knows when to go to sleep, when to wake up, and when to go to the bathroom. It maintains a temperature of 98.6 degrees, repairs itself when wounded and knows the miracle of pregnancy and childbirth. Your heart never misses a beat. Your lungs are always breathing. The body is a super-computer, and it never makes mistakes. 

Look at the foods, deficits and behaviors in your life that are the underlying causes of your cravings. Many people view cravings as weakness, but really they are important messages meant to assist you in maintaining balance. When you experience a craving, deconstruct it. Ask yourself, what does my body want and why? 

The eight primary causes of cravings are:

1. Lack of primary food. Being dissatisfied with a relationship or having an inappropriate exercise routine (too much, too little or the wrong kind), being bored, stressed, uninspired by a job, or lacking a spiritual practice may all cause emotional eating. Eating can be used as a substitute for entertainment or to fill the void of primary food. 

2. Water. Lack of water can send the message that you are thirsty and on the verge of dehydration. Dehydration can manifest as a mild hunger, so the first thing to do when you get a craving is drink a full glass of water. Excess water can also cause cravings, so be sure that your water intake is well balanced. 

3. Yin/yang imbalance. Certain foods have more yin qualities (expansive) while other foods have more yang qualities (contractive). Eating foods that are either extremely yin or extremely yang causes cravings in order to maintain balance. For example, eating a diet too rich in sugar (yin) may cause a craving for meat (yang). Eating too many raw foods (yin) may cause cravings for extremely cooked (dehydrated) foods or vise versa. 

4. Inside coming out. Often times, cravings come from foods that we have recently eaten, foods eaten by our ancestors, or foods from our childhood. A clever way to satisfy these cravings is to eat a healthier version of one’s ancestral or childhood foods.

5. Seasonal. Often the body craves foods that balance the elements of the season. In the spring, people crave detoxifying foods like leafy greens or citrus foods. In the summer, people crave cooling foods like fruit, raw foods and ice cream, and in the fall people crave grounding foods like squash, onions and nuts. During winter, many crave hot and heat-producing foods like meat, oil and fat. Cravings can also be associated with the holidays, for foods like turkey, eggnog or sweets, etc.

6. Lack of nutrients. If the body has inadequate nutrients, it will produce odd cravings. For example, inadequate mineral levels produce salt cravings, and overall inadequate nutrition produces cravings for non-nutritional forms of energy, like caffeine.

7. Hormonal. When women experience menstruation, pregnancy or menopause, fluctuating testosterone and estrogen levels may cause unique cravings.

8. De-evolution. When things are going extremely well, sometimes a self-sabotage syndrome happens. We crave foods that throw us off, thus creating more cravings to balance ourselves. This often happens from low blood sugar and may result in strong mood swings.

In my health coaching program we track cravings and incorporate ways to soothe them and ways to avoid giving in! 

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