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Kick Sugar Cravings!

Addicted to the sweet stuff? Kick sugar cravings aside with our top 10 tips! 🍬

1. Practice healthy habits such as hot lemon water in the morning to cleanse the liver and remove waste from the intestines. 🍋

2. Don’t make up for over eating at night by not eating in the morning, it will only encourage a late afternoon sweets binge. Keep healthy snacks on you at all times. 🍓

3. Exercise! Our dopamine receptors love sugar, therefore working out encourages dopamine production in the body. This typically leads our body to crave healthier foods after a sweat sesh. 🏋🏼‍♀️

4. Getting enough sleep will keep the hunger hormone (ghrelin) at bay! Sleep in a dark, cool room to boost the sleep hormone, melatonin, for a more restful night. 💤

5. Avoid artificial sweeteners; they create a surge in insulin which leads to stronger sugar cravings. Opt for replacing artificial sweeteners with Stevia, cinnamon, or honey. 🍯

6. Turn to the dark side. Dark chocolate will curb sugar cravings and increase serotonin, as well as give the body a boost of antioxidants and caffeine. 🍫

7. Stick to whole, unprocessed foods and limit simple carbohydrates, which are sugar in disguise. 🍲

8. Try eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kefir. These foods contribute to good gut bacteria, reducing the chance your sugar cravings are from an imbalance of yeast in the body. 

9. Incorporate acidic foods such as tomato sauce, which reduce blood sugar spikes. 🍅

10. Feel satisfied after meals by combining protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates. This balanced combination helps release the PPY hormone, which signals that you are full and halts any cravings. 🥑

Tips For University Students

Health & Wellness Tips For University Students🤓📚

1. Learn proper portion sizes.
2. Eat breakfast!
3. Don’t fight stress with eating.
4. Drink lots of water.
5. Ride your bike or walk to class.
6. Stretch before you exercise!
7. Get a full night’s sleep whenever possible.
8. Try sticking to a schedule.
9. Avoid all-nighters.
10. Create a bedtime routine.
11. Always use protection and get regular exams done.
12. Wash your hands in between classes.
13. Avoid sharing your beverages.
14. Wear flip flops in shared showers.
15. Remember to take breaks.
16. Take advantage of campus meditation or yoga programs.
17. Learn time management skills.
18. Don’t be afraid to ask for help (with whatever it may be – homework, stress, mental health, relationships).
19. Expect things to change.
20. Build new friendships.
21. Volunteer!
22. Keep backpacks from being too heavy.
23. Don’t drink and drive. Ever.
24. Wear sunscreen.
25. Make sure you have emergency contacts.

Healthy New Years Resolutions

We’re sharing some of our favourite New Years Resolutions as we head into 2019! 🥂

1. Wear sunscreen every time you go outside. Your skin will thank us later.

2. Maintain (and attend) primary care appointments. We know that life can get busy, but it’s important to put your health first.

3. Set an alcohol and caffeine curfew for yourself. As they can deeply effect your sleep, set a goal to avoid caffeine after 5pm and only have 1 small alcoholic beverage, if any.

4. Find an outlet for your stress that you can rely on when things feel a little “out of control.” This can range from hot yoga, boxing classes, painting, or just having a relaxing bath with no digital distractions.

5. Establish a “before bed” sleep ritual! This will help create a consistent sleep pattern. Some rituals include putting your phone away, creating a dimly lit bedroom, using aromatherapy such as a diffuser with lavender oil, reading a book in bed, or sipping on calming tea.

6. Exercise during the day. Even just 20 minutes of physical activity in the morning will help reset the body’s natural alarm clock, increasing daytime alertness and sleepiness at night.

What are your 2019 Resolutions? 🙏🏼