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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. 🥑

What’s Trending – Mindfulness Apps

As mindfulness continues to grow with popularity, we’re sharing our favourite free apps for your smartphone! 🤓💭
The health benefits from mindfulness include reducing stress, managing anxiety, improving sleep quality, and sharpening concentration.

1. Headspace
2. Calm
3. Buddhify
4. Smiling Mind
5. Insight Timer
6. Aura

Waking Up In The Middle Of The Night?

Q: What to do (or take) when waking up in the middle of the night worrying and not being able to fall back asleep for 1-2 hours?

A: Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove, ND from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic discussing what causes middle of the night worries and ways to focus the brain on sleeping.

Dairy-Free Breakfast Smoothies

Dairy-Free Breakfast Smoothies😋
Smoothies are a great way to add in extra nutrients (plus they’re quick and easy!) Our favorite trick is to replace ice with frozen fruit.

✨Berry Smoothie
Makes 5 cups
-1 cup cranberry juice
-1 cup coconut milk
-2 cups frozen berries
-2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup (optional)
Blend on high until smooth and frothy

✨Green Smoothie
Makes 3-4 cups
-1 cup purple grapes
-1 frozen banana
-1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
-1 large handful of spinach
-1 cup water
Blend on high until smooth and frothy

✨Tropical Smoothie
Makes about 6 cups
-2 cups canned, unsweetened pineapple chunks
-1 cup coconut milk
-3 cups frozen mango or peaches
-1 frozen banana
Blend on high until smooth and frothy