written by Elizabeth of Pure Simple Wellness
Are you dreaming about special foods that you only enjoy during the holidays – like cookies, pies, or cheesy mashed potatoes? If you eat well, exercise and get plenty of sleep, your metabolism is probably running well, leaving a bit of extra room for indulgences.
A good goal during the holiday season is to choose your indulgences wisely and truly savor them.
Did you know that certain foods can slow down your metabolism and sabotage your efforts? Hi, I’m Elizabeth, Health Coach and Emotional Eating expert from @PureSimpleWellness honored to be with you to share these 4 foods that could be sabotaging your metabolism and set you up for failure when these special occasions roll around!
Do you regularly eat these potential metabolism-busters?
- Refined grains
There’s a difference between whole grains that fuel your body and refined grains. Refined grains are stripped of the nutrients and fiber your body needs. These grains are refined to last longer and to have a softer texture and taste, but they can slow your metabolism. Your best bet is to choose whole grains, like brown rice and quinoa, that haven’t gone through the refining process. Limit your intake of processed sugars and flours that can cause blood sugar spikes, inflammation and gut damage.
- Sugary drinks
Sugar can wreak havoc in your body, especially in liquid form. Sodas, energy drinks, and even sports drinks can slow down your metabolism. If you want to make sure your efforts at the gym aren’t wasted, stop drinking your calories. Instead, save the sugar for a special treat, like a little slice of Grandma’s apple pie or special ginger bread cookies. It’s a much better tradeoff!
- Artificial sweeteners
Believe it or not, artificial sweeteners can be worse than sugar. You may think you’re making a healthier choice, but choosing sucralose, aspartame, and saccharin have all be linked to health issues. They can also mess with the good bacteria in your gut, which could hinder your weight loss efforts. If you need a sweetener, use something natural such as stevia, pure maple syrup or raw honey – but use it sparingly. Another option is sweetening with fresh fruit and berries, like on top of almond meal pancakes instead of syrup!
It’s marketed as a healthy choice, but the granola you find in your supermarket often contains hidden sugars and added ingredients that don’t do you any favors. Excess sugar can lead to a condition called leptin resistance. This makes you hungrier while slowing your metabolism to a crawl. If you love granola, you can make your own by selecting fresh seeds, nuts, and oats to enjoy the taste and get true health benefits.
Now that you know what foods might be impacting your metabolism, you can be more conscious of what you are eating. Did you notice they all have one thing in common? All four of these foods either cause blood sugar spikes or are filled with added sugar!
Research has proven that sugar can be as addictive as cocaine – so don’t beat yourself up if you can’t ditch sugar cold turkey. As an Emotional Eating Coach, I’ve seen clients struggle with both physical and emotional sugar cravings.
There are different strategies to end your sugar addiction. If you have tried to do it before and struggled, don’t worry we can do it together. Starting January 17th, you can ditch your sugar cravings with our guided group 21 Day Sugar Detox Program!
Imagine feeling in control of your sugar habits and making choices that make you feel good, rather than tired and lethargic! Become aware of your sugar consumption, learn tool to manage your sugar cravings and get off the endless sugar addiction cycle. Leave the program feeling empowered, lighter, more in control of your cravings, and armed with heathy recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way.
Join now and get support to help manage your sugar cravings throughout the holiday season. Let’s finish the year strong and start 2022 even stronger! Join today: https://puresimplewellness.com/sugar-detox