I went to bed last night not feeling the best and when I woke up this morning my throat was scratchy and I had a very heavy head. And I knew exactly what it was and why I was in this boat. It was the food choices I made this week that put me there.
See, I am on the outer edge of a major health journey in which I completely renewed my gut microbiome. However, I am still on that edge. I still have flare ups when I am not making the best choices for my body. My symptoms include sinus irritations/infections, allergies, UTIs, and soooooo tired. All these are brought on by one little ingredient – and one thing I’ve struggled to say no to this week.
Yup. Sugar. That sweet, melt in your mouth, so delicious, and addictive sugar.
So why is sugar so addictive? Well, when you eat sugar your pancreas secretes a hormone called insulin to bring your blood sugar back into balance. And when it sees sugar in the blood – to your brain and body – this is an EMERGENCY! So your body often secretes too much insulin and your body goes into a blood sugar crash. Yikes!
Then, when you’re down there in that nasty crash what do you think your body craves? You got it! More sugar! So you eat more sugar and you’ve gotten yourself on a blood sugar roller coaster. And it’s very hard to get off that roller coaster once it gets started.
And there’s more to that story too. Sometimes, there are things in our life that we are unsatisfied with. Perhaps our career, our relationships, our finances, our workouts, our sex life, our family, where we, live, the weather….whatever. Sometimes it’s so much easier to reach for sugar than deal with what’s really going on. And I get that.
See, I was in a job for 17 years that slowly began to drain the life out of my soul. And looking back I definitely had some increased sugar cravings during that time.
A craving may seem like a pain in the butt. BUT, what if cravings were a messenger to help you step into the best version of who you are?!?! That would be pretty amazing!