It is really hard to stop sugar cravings - but it's not impossible! There are some simple things you can do to make it sooo much easier to stick to a healthy eating plan.
You need to have willpower, but don't beat yourself up too much for giving in to those sugary cravings because there are some pretty powerful forces at work undermining your natural ability to resist temptation.
The ingredients in junk food, stress, lack of sleep and imbalances in our gut bacteria all affect the ability of your body and mind to resist the temptation of sugary treats.
A lot of people come to me and they know what they should be doing for a healthy balanced diet, and yet they have trouble actually putting it into practice and making those healthy eating habits.
A lot of the time, that's the hardest part.
The thing that I've found works for me and for other people is when you get a healthy eating plan to be a routine, making those healthy foods to eat a habit. Then you don't have to think about them so much.
What are whole foods? It sounds simple, but it can be hard sometimes to know what exactly a whole food is.
I always talk about the importance of getting as much of your diet as whole foods as possible.
They're really healthy foods to eat, so they're the ones that should make up most of your healthy balanced diet.
Hummus is a really simple recipe to get you started making food for yourself.
It's so much better to make your own than buy it in a store or from a restaurant, because you can avoid certain bad ingredients like refined oils and excessive salt.
Hummus is also a great recipe to show how to make bean dips in general, and how to incorporate more nutrients into your dishes.
Thanks to the hundreds of people who filled out my online cooking class survey in the last month!
Your answers confirm I'm on the right track with this new online cooking class product I'll be releasing next week, and they'll inform much of what I do for you this year in terms of both free stuff and paid products/services.
I thought you might like to see some survey results. Let's start with the basics.
A vegan diet plan often gets criticized as being extreme and restrictive. Even if you look and feel incredibly healthy, people can be critical.
It can be frustrating, and it can make you question whether you really are getting enough of all the nutrients you need.
The truth is, I actually eat a wider variety of different foods now than I ever did before shifting to a vegan diet plan.
And I love eating! I never feel restricted or deprived, I get excited about every single meal.
Raj made a beautiful plate of pasta, topped with my kidney bean 'meatballs' ~H
Hey Heather, I watched one of your youtube videos on a vegan pasta dish and cooked it up myself. Being a photographer as well, I like to take pictures of all my dishes. Here's a picture of your pasta and "meat"balls recipe.
Great stuff and hope all is well!! Later, Raj
A healthy detox plan is a great thing to do on a regular basis. I like to do a simple cleanse with the change of each season, as a reminder of good habits for a healthy eating plan and get me out of whatever rut I might be in with cravings or addictions.
There are so many detox plans out there. Some get to be really popular, and lots of people do them on their own after reading a book or hearing about it from a friend. But a lot of them aren't really a healthy way to cleanse - especially if you don't do them right.
The trouble is, people often get into doing a really intense type of cleanse - like the Master Cleanse - without understanding it properly. Without supervision or feedback, there's a big chance that you can make things in your system worse rather than better.
Healthy meals on the go can save you time and money, and are so much healthier than what you'd buy at a restaurant, fast food place or cafeteria.
And if you can get in the habit, it's actually really easy.
Making your own healthy meals can save you time in your day because you won't have to go out to find your meal, or wait for it to be made. If it's your lunch break, you can spend the whole time just enjoying your time to yourself.
Sally paired some yummy Mexican spices with rice and veggies for an easy and delicious bowl of healthiness ~H
Hi Heather - it could be prettier but it's still tasty!
By the way, my husband and I tried the sweet potato stew recipe and it was awesome, so thank you for that!
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