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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.

Best Addition To Your Diet?

#WatchWednesday 🤓

Q: What is the best way addition to your diet?
A: Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic discussing the best additions to diet , focusing on essential fatty acids.

Individualized Nutrition Plans

Did you know Naturopathic Doctors are extensively trained in nutrition?

Diet is a foundational aspect of health so we incorporate it into most of our treatment plans. And don’t worry, we’re not all kale and kombucha. We’ll create an individualized plan just for you! 💪🏼🍏

12 Days of Wellness Challenge

Have you been keeping up with A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic’s 12 Days of Wellness? Each morning from December 1st – 12th, we will be posting a wellness activity on our Facebook Page and Instagram that you’ll be challenged to complete that day. These activities will range from fitness, nutrition, well-being, and giving back to our community. We’ve had three days of challenges so far that include:

🎶On the first day of wellness, A New Leaf challenged me…🎶 To eat a balanced dinner tonight containing protein, whole grains, and colorful vegetables. Try sticking to a serving of fresh fruit for dessert such as strawberries or a peach.

🎶On the second day of wellness, A New Leaf challenged me…🎶 To go for a 20 minute nature walk. Challenge yourself to put your phone away for the entire 20 minutes. Notice your surroundings and enjoy being in the presence of nature.

🎶On the third day of wellness, A New Leaf challenged me…🎶 Write down 3 things you are grateful for before bed tonight. Practicing gratitude opens the door to positive relationships, improves physical and mental health, enhances empathy, and improves self-esteem.

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