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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. 🥑

Ways To Avoid Burnout

#WatchWednesday 👩‍⚕️🌱

Q: What are some tips for stress management and ways to avoid burnout, especially during this time of year?

A: Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove, ND from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic discussing ways to avoid burnout by taking Vitamin D, getting enough sleep, listening to our bodies, and not eating too much sugar.

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.

What’s Trending – Essential Oils

If your beauty sleep is in need of a serious overhaul, we’ve compiled a list of the best essential oils to catch up on some extra Z’s. Not only do essential oils promote a restful sleep, they can also diminish anxiety, relieve stress, and provide a sense of relaxation. Our favourite way to utilize essential oils is through a diffuser. We’ve included a link to Saje’s diffuser, or a more affordable option from Amazon. 

Saje Diffuser – https://www.saje.com/ca/diffusers/aromaom-AROMCA01.html?cgid=diffusers&dwvar_AROMCA01_color=WHITE#start=2&cgid=diffusers

Amazon Diffuser – https://www.amazon.ca/VicTsing-Essential-Diffuser-Ultrasonic-Waterless/dp/B07DPC723Z/ref=sr_1_19?ie=UTF8&qid=1546971945&sr=8-19&keywords=diffuser

We recommend Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Chamomile, and Marjoram. These essential oils can be found at your local health food store, at Saje Natural Wellness, or even online through Amazon.

Lavender is well-known for its calming effects on the body and is safe to use on all-ages. It’s also a great way to freshen up your laundry. Ylang Ylang helps balance male and female energies, supports focus, and restores peace within. Cedarwood supports healthy function of the pineal gland which releases melatonin, the body’s natural sleep hormone. Chamomile is perfect for restlessness and anxious feelings, and has been used for centuries by mothers to help calm their children. Marjoram is extremely soothing and relaxes nerves. It’s been known as, “the herb of happiness.” Cheers to catching some extra Z’s and sleeping in!

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