How to STOP Sugar Cravings

How to STOP Sugar Cravings | For a Slim Waist + Clear Mind (Natural Approach)


Sugar cravings are natural. Throughout evolution, humans have been programmed to desire sweet tasting foods. That being said, it’s very hard to control sugar cravings, if you don’t understand where they are coming from to begin with. Sugar cravings are usually our bodies simply asking for energy or it can be a sign that something in our diet/lifestyle is not in balance. However, sugar actually isn’t always the problem. The problem usually is the addictive cycle that’s created by consuming processed sugar, feeling the sugar rush (blood sugar spike), crashing, and then beginning this vicious cycle all over again.

When your blood sugar is low that’s when you’re most vulnerable to cravings. This is because that’s when your body is looking for energy.  Our bodies always want to be in balance, this includes always having a balanced amount of sugar in our blood. For example, have you ever notice craving something sweet after a large satisfying meal?  Well, this is because when you eat a large meal all your energy is diverted to your stomach to digest the meal, which leaves you feeling sluggish and usually with a sugar craving.

The best way to curb and alleviate an intense sugar craving is to provide the body with the sweetness that it’s craving by simply eating some naturally sweet foods. I do not believe in trying to override natural instincts. Of course, it helps to have discipline around food, but trying to control the body by using the mind is very challenging in the long term. The mind usually wins.

Try slowly incorporating some of the strategies:

  1. Avoid buying processed sugary foods. This strategy takes discipline but I found it’s one that works.
  2. Eat healthy whole sweet foods to alleviate cravings, sweet vegetables and fruit are best. Have these available and ready to eat when cravings set.
  3.  Drink enough Water. Dehydration can manifest as a mild hunger/ a sugar craving. Try taking a deep breath, and then drinking a full glass of water next time you’re craving something sweet. Chances are this will eliminate your craving.
  4. Get enough sleep.  Low energy = sugar cravings.  Our bodies want to remain in balance. The less energy you have, the more vulnerable you will be to sugar cravings.
  5.  Exercise! Having a daily exercise regimen can help curb cravings by increasing energy levels throughout the day. Also exercise helps to maintain balanced blood sugar. 

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Why I Became a Health Coach

Before I share my story its important to understand what a health coach is and does…
What is a health coach?
A health coach is a knowledgeable, supportive, action-oriented guide to health and well-being. A health coach focuses on educating, supporting and guiding clients in the following life areas: nutrition, physical activity, relationships, lifestyle and other life areas that impact health such as stress, weight and energy levels.

The need for health coaches…
Making the changes necessary to support health can be challenging – making them last can be even more challenging. Many people know what they “should” be doing to experience health but don’t do what they know. A trained health coach helps close the gap between knowing and doing so individuals can finally move forward on their journeys to feeling and looking their best. Health coaches support, guide and empower lasting change, health and increased levels of happiness with those they work with.

My story (short version)…

I learned at a young age that the happiest, most successful people I encountered, were also the healthiest and most open to improving themselves.  This naturally led me to explore personal and professional development books, tapes and programs. I then became extremely passionate about health and wellness.

I set out to learn as much as possible about how to experience extraordinary health. I received my Bachelor of Science degree with a Major in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from Florida Atlantic University and continued my education at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition along with intensive self-study.

I’ve read literally hundreds of books covering health, wellness, mindfulness, exercise and nutrition and feel blessed to be able to share my knowledge with the world.  I get to inspire and instruct others on how to improve their lives through making healthier choices.

I’m living my passion while making the world a healthier, better place. 

P.S. If your interested in learning more about my online health coaching programs click here.

P.P.S  If your interested in becoming a health coach and would like to sample a free class from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition click here.

Health and happiness,

Devin Burke

 

How to Get More Sleep

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SUMMARY:

Many people struggle with not being able to fall asleep. In fact, prescriptions for sleeping pills topped 56 million in 2008-up 54 percent from 2004- with over 5$ billion in sales in 2010. Not getting optimal sleep can throw off your hormone levels leaving you feeling hungry, cranky and tired throughout the day. Without getting too detailed here, when you don’t get optimal sleep your body becomes out of sync with its natural sleep-wake cycles or circadian rhythms which leads to disturbances in hormone and body temperature regulation…not good. Abnormal circadian rhythms have been associated with obesity, diabetes, depression and many other diseases because of these disturbances. That being said, we’re all unique and there is not a one-size fits all approach to this issue. Why is this?

Well, there are many reasons but most commonly it’s because of stress, consuming too much caffeine, drinking alcohol or not having an ideal sleep environment. Usually it’s a combination of a few of these factors. If you’re drinking excessive amounts of coffee and having a few drinks in the evening cutting back on both of these practices is a good place to start.

In addition to avoiding alcohol and caffeine I recommend trying the following…

1. Create an optimal sleep environment
Keep your bedroom as dark as possible and cool. Sleep on a supportive mattress with clean bed sheets. No LED lighting from electronics such as T.V, cell-phone or other devices should be allowed in your sleeping space. Shoot to limit watching T.V and using your phone at least 30 minutes prior to your ideal bedtime.

2. Implement a “bedtime ritual”
A “bedtime ritual” is something you do every night to prepare your body and mind for sleep. Creating a bedtime ritual or a routine that whines the body and mind down, is important for two reasons. The first is that when done consistently it “triggers” the body to prepare for sleep and second it helps create deeper, more restful, quality sleep. Create a “bedtime ritual” that is relaxing and involves minimal stimulation.

Examples I use myself and recommend are:
• Drinking herbal tea (specific blends formulated for sleep)
• Read an empowering or inspirational book
• Meditation or simple breathing exercises
• Gentle stretching or foam rolling
• Listening to relaxing music

3. Try drinking a shot of tart cherry juice 30 minutes before you’d like to be asleep. Tart cherry juice contains a natural source of the sleep-wake cycle hormone melatonin and amino acid tryptophan. For some people this works wonders for others it doesn’t work at all…

Give it a shot and let me know how it works for you in the comments below!
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How to Find The Motivation to Become Healthy (even if you’re fat, sick and nearly dead)

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Most people don’t realize how unhealthy they are, until they start to become healthier. The state of being “not healthy, but not unhealthy enough to do anything about it” is a scary place to be in, because it only leads to one place…disease, and dissatisfaction. Most people gradually fall into an unhealthy lifestyle. I’ve never met anyone (yet) that has shared with me that they wanted to feel low energy, depressed and unfulfilled. But ‘life’ always seems to happen and the next thing they know, they are (for lack of a better term) ‘fat, sick and nearly dead.’ This state doesn’t happen overnight but rather for weeks, months and years. It’s a slow and gradual process that deceives.

The truth is that we are born to be vibrant, healthy human beings. It’s our birthright. But unfortunately, this right has been unappreciated by many, leaving us with the health crisis we’re experiencing. All it takes is a few simple choices and a little extra effort? Health is our greatest gift. Not convinced? Just ask someone who has recently lost theirs. It’s not pretty! Cancer, diabetes and heart disease wreak havoc on people and their families. The truth is that cancer, diabetes, and heart disease can all largely be prevented through making healthier lifestyle choices.

Why do so many wait till their health is on the line to finally make a change?

I believe it’s also this deceptive state of “not feeling healthy, but not feeling unhealthy enough to do anything about it.” Do you fall into this category? Do you know you’re eating the wrong foods and making poor lifestyle choices, which only give you short term fulfillment at the expense of your health? It’s time to make a change, to say goodbye to fast food and hello to healthy food fast, to start incorporating more exercise into your life, cultivating healthier relationships, finding the passion in your career or having the courage to make a change, reconnecting you’re your spirituality and making more time to do the thing you love. 

Don’t wait till you’re diagnosed with cancer, diabetes, heart disease or worse. You have a choice. When you finally start taking better care of yourself is when you really start experiencing what life really has to offer…more joy, more energy, more love, more fun and more success. 

I have great news. It’s not too late to make a change. As a matter of fact, it’s really never too late, because small choices lead to big changes. It’s through making small, consistent LIFESTYLE changes that lasting impactful results are experienced! And you are worth it! If you hope to bring health into your life in any kind of long-term committed way, you must connect with your “big why” or the deep tenacious emotional reason or reasons that lies close to your heart for wanting true wellness in both mind and body. This reason must be attached to what you value in life and where you see yourself going.

Only from connecting with this strong core reason and by connecting daily with the value behind it does the strength and motivation spring to keep you committed to making the necessary small changes every single day. Wake up to the realization that your life is your most precious gift and start valuing it as so by taking action on becoming the healthiest, happiest, best version of yourself. You deserve to feel your absolute best, you owe it to yourself and the world.

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How to Live a Vibrant Healthy Life

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Summary:

I believe that health is our greatest gift and that being healthy is really about living life to the fullest every day. I believe that true wellness is found by finding balance in all areas of life; developing a spiritual practice, having healthy relationships, finding purpose in your career, being physically active, and by providing the proper nutrition to not only your body but also your spirit.

But finding a balance in the 21st century can be a challenge. With hectic schedules, constant distractions and a continuous stream of new information, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed and confused about what to do and what not do to maintain a healthy balanced life.

My name is Devin Burke and I’m a passionate wellness educator, health and fitness coach. I’ve been there. I know how it feels to be overwhelmed and confused about what to do, to live a truly vibrant and healthy life. We’ve all been in a place where we’ve struggled to eat a healthier diet, create healthier relationships, implement healthier habits, build our finances, create more time to be with our loved ones, to take better care of our body and mind, and to find the tools and strategies that actually work in our busy 21st century lives.

After spending over 10 years studying and implementing, cutting edge lifestyle management techniques, attending courses, trainings, workshops with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts and coaching people of various ages and backgrounds…I’ve discovered that leading a healthy life doesn’t have to be overwhelming, confusing or difficult.It doesn’t have to be stressful, time consuming or full of deprivation.

I made it my mission to inspire and guide as many people as possible to live more fulfilling, joyful, healthy and balanced lives. Through my education and training I’ve come to realize that it’s ultimately small choices that lead to big changes.. Because once you know better you can do better.

So are you ready to wake up everyday feeling refreshed and renewed? To experience more energy, vitality, joy, adventure, love, passion, and fulfillment?

Are you ready to live your healthiest life by learning the tools to optimize your body and mind? If so (follow me by subscribing to my channel and) let me be your guide to finding the lifestyle choices that will help you to, live better, look better and to feel better. I’m going to help you achieve your health goals; from teaching you how to discover what foods are right for your body, to showing you how to find balance through exercise, to creating more meaning in your relationships, developing more passion in your career, minimizing your stress, and maximizing your energy.

You’ll learn how to reduce food cravings, achieve your ideal weight, get more restful sleep and how to find the time to do without it interfering with your busy life. Through sharing my cutting edge fast and proven tips on how to live a more healthy, inspired, and fulfilling life you’ll learn how all parts of your life, affect your health as a whole. Get ready to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun and rewarding.

Each week I’ll be sharing new content through inspiring videos with innovative strategies, techniques, tools and tips on how to dramatically improve your health and wellness, and lead others to do the same. To not only experience a new perspective and vital energy in your own life, but to guide your family and friends to join you on the journey to wellness by achieving a higher quality of life. Because that’s really what health is all about. Choose to take your health and life to the next level.

Subscribe now I look forward to educating, supporting and inspiring you to not only look and feel better… but be better.

Let us make the decision together to give and receive our greatest gift…

Let us live passionately… on purpose!!

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