Curb Your Cravings: 6 Steps to Resisting Sweet Temptations | The Health Sessions

Curb Your Cravings: 6 Steps to Resisting Sweet Temptations

This past year I’ve been having cravings – strong, insatiable cravings.

During my pregnancy, my stomach became a bottomless pit, constantly demanding energy to grow my baby. It only got worse after our son was born. I was burning so many calories from the nonstop nursing and sleep deprivation. With no time or energy to make a healthy snack, I just grabbed whatever I could get my hands on: cookies, granola bars, even pastry and desserts.

All that sugar only left me wanting more. Because unlike natural sugars in fruit, starchy vegetables and whole grains, refined sugar contains no vitamins, enzymes and fibres that help to release sugars more slowly into the bloodstream. Instead, it’s just ‘empty calories’ – pure energy that cause a spike in your metabolism, followed by a crash. This quick change in blood sugar levels leaves you feeling tired, cranky and craving more sweets to get another sugar ‘high’.

And we all know that too much sugar wreaks havoc on our health.

Of course I’ve been meaning to curb my cravings. But there always seemed to be a plausible reason to treat myself “just this once”, whether it was a birthday, special celebration or a get together with friends. I’ve gotten used to automatically (albeit enjoyably!) eating the temptations right in front of me again and simply ‘forgot’ about healthier options.

But I need every ounce of energy to keep up with my kids, work and home life, so it’s time to get control over my snacking habits again.

Do you want to curb your cravings and cut down on sugar too? Here’s the plan.

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12 Indulgent Christmas Treats with Better-For-You Ingredients | The Health Sessions

12 Better-for-You Christmas Treats

Oh, December.

From the Dutch pepernoten at Sinterklaas and oliebollen for New Year’s Eve to sipping champagne, munching on gingerbread cookies or anything chocolate, temptations are e-ve-ry-where.

But just because you choose to eat healthy for your wellbeing doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself. Just have a look at these 12 irresistible Christmas treats with better-for-you ingredients to work up your appetite!  

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Hurray! 10 Healthy Birthday Cakes to Celebrate in Style

Hurray! 10 Healthy Birthday Cakes to Celebrate in Style | The Health Sessions

 

Julia Childs was right: A party without cake is just a meeting.

I’m all for birthday indulgences, but sometimes you just want your treat with a little less refined sugars, butter and accessory bloating. The good thing is: you can have your cake and eat it too!

These 10 celebratory sweets prove that you can bake the most tempting treats from wholesome ingredients like spelt flour, coconut yoghurt, almonds, spices and fresh fruit, without compromising on taste.

No matter if your food style is vegan, gluten-free, raw or Paleo, this sweet selection of birthday cakes has got you covered. Time to celebrate!

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Ice Ice Baby: 10 Healthy Popsicles for a Cool Summer

Ice Ice Baby: 10 Healthy Popsicles for a Cool Summer

 

A record breaking heat wave has hit Europe this week. What better way to cool down on a hot day than with ice cream? And the good news is, you don’t need any fancy equipment to make your own popsicles with wholesome ingredients! Just blend your favorite fresh fruits with a liquid of your choice (coconut water, plant-based milk, Greek yoghurt), pour the result in popsicle molds and put it in the freezer. You could even sneak in some extra goodness like veggies and avocado if you’d like!

Here are 10 finger-licking good recipes for healthy popsicles. Which one will you try first? 

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Pudding Perfection: 10 Indulgent Desserts for Healthy Holidays

Healthy Desserts | Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

 

This might come as a surprise to you, given the headline, but I’ll be the last person to convince you to “eat clean” during the holidays.

Ok, embracing every opportunity to satisfy your cravings throughout November and December is not a good idea for your health. But stuffing yourself with turkey or eating one too many ‘oliebollen‘ (Dutch doughnuts) on New Year’s Eve? That’s not such a big deal! Eating isn’t just about nutrients, calories and feeding your body. It’s also about feeding your soul, by sharing a delicious meal and laughs with your loved ones.

And please, if you choose to let go of your food philosophy for those two or three days of the year, don’t feel guilty about it. Make sure you enjoy every bite! You can make healthier choices the next day.

But maybe you have diabetes or irritable bowel syndrome or another health condition, and having sugar-laden desserts with enormous amounts of butter, cream and white flour is not an option. Maybe you simply prefer (the taste of) whole food ingredients like bitter chocolate, raw honey, dates and fragrant spices in your pudding. Whatever the reason, when you like to keep up your healthy food habits during the holidays and still satisfy your sweet tooth, check out these 10 indulgent desserts from my favourite food bloggers.

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