Taming Your Carb Monster

When you are making an effort to incorporate a new healthy lifestyle, there are many signs of progress. The obvious scale readings, clothes fitting looser, that lighter feeling. There may be other signs that you need to tune in to your body to notice: not feeling the pangs of hunger, sleeping better at night, less anxiety about your food choices, not having that afternoon sugar crash. Often, you just feel really good, both physically and mentally.

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Sabotaged by Lack of Sleep

You’ll hear me say this all the time: SLEEP is the most critical component of a healthy lifestyle. I know, I know – Primal Health says 80% food, 10% exercise & 10% sleep and stress management. The truth that we see the most, is that in spite of the best food and exercise habits, lack of sleep can increase stress and appetite (agitated and hungry), interfere with satiety signals and metabolism (overeat and store more fat), and leave you cognitively impaired throughout your day (dangerous and foggy). Can you see why I feel so strongly about it?

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Why Do We Keep Craving?

Let’s imagine this scenario: You’ve just started a new diet and are looking over the food list for things you can eat. Did you immediately search for the goodies? I would have. You notice that you are allowed 1 dessert after dinner – 1/2 cup ice cream, 1 cookie or 1 brownie (all “sugar free” or “low fat”, of course). Aside from that being the WORST time for a treat, my question to you is this: HONESTLY, would one dozen servings last you one dozen days?

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