Don’t ignore these 4 food cravings

When you can’t say no to dessert…

If you feel like sucking down sweets like there’s no tomorrow, it means your blood sugar is out of whack. When you eat a healthy, balanced diet your blood sugar stays pretty stable. But if you’re eating a high-carb, high-sugar diet, your blood sugar goes up and down like a rollercoaster. And when you hit a blood sugar low, your body craves more sugar. It’s kind of like being a drug addict. When you’re coming down from a sugar high, you want more of your drug of choice.

Now you don’t want to let your blood sugar go crazy like this for too long — that’s how you end up with type 2 diabetes. So the next time your sweet tooth flares up, satisfy it with a sweet fruit like blueberries, strawberries or an apple. They’ll give you the sugar your body craves with a lot more health benefits than a bowl of ice cream. You can also try exercising to kick your sugar craving. Sugar gives your body a high, but so does exercising. So it might be a healthy way of tricking your body into thinking it’s getting what it wants.

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Jenny Smiechowski

By Jenny Smiechowski

Jenny Smiechowski is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in health, nutrition and the environment. Her work has appeared in online and print publications like Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, BetterLife Magazine, TheFix.com, Hybridcars.com and Seedstock.com.