Tempting Treats – Surviving all things sweet at Christmas
Cakes, candy, mince pies, lollies, ice cream – all things sugar and spice is what most of us associate with Christmas. Even our advent calendars have a chocolate surprise every day – Yum!!!! (Well at least most advent calendars – chocolate is noticeably absent from this Advent Calendar at least!)
All of this sugar is heaven for our tastebuds, but hell for our waistlines!
Most sweet foods are absolutely filled with simple sugars, which:
- Create a spike in our energy, leading to a subsequent energy crash.
- Play havoc with our blood sugars.
- Turn us into a modern day Jekyll and Hyde (that is, make it difficult to manage our mood and emotions effectively).
- Cloud our thinking and decision-making.
- Cause all sorts of joint and mobility problems.
- Compound health problems relating to insulin resistance, fatty liver, diabetes, and heart health.
- Lower our immunity.
- Are easily converted to fat and make it very difficult to manage our weight.
There are lots of good reasons not to throw caution to the wind and go on a sugar-fuelled bender this Christmas, but that can be easier said than done! So here are a few tips to help manage your sweet treat intake this festive season.
- There are lots of alternatives to satisfy sugar cravings. Fruit is God’s natural desert – it is filled with vitamins and nutrients and will go a long way to satisfying sugar cravings.
- Eat dark chocolate with more than 70% coco. Again, this will satisfy your sugar cravings but is better for you and harder to over-indulge in.
- Limit your processed sugar – avoid buying treats in bulk and unless you really, really want it – avoid it!
So the challenge has been thrown down! How can you reduce your processed sugar intake over Christmas? What are one or two different choices you could make to your normal habits over Christmas that would help you to manage this?