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Are You Eating Empty Calories?

Are you happy with your current diet, or are you aware that you “could” be eating better for both you and your little one?

Well, the truth of the matter is that many women’s diets are full of empty calorie foods that trap us in the sugar binge cycle, especially during pregnancy’s wild craving stage.

What are empty calorie foods?

These are foods that have little or no nutritional value, but are high in calories (so don’t be fooled by the name “empty calories). These include things like candy, pop, chocolate, chips, licorice, donuts, cakes, pastries, white bread … you get the point!

In the body, these foods do not do much good for us because they cause our blood sugar levels to spike very high, very fast, and quickly drop to a low. In other words, extreme.

The problem is we do not operate well when our blood sugar gets low. We lose focus, and we get irritable and jittery. As a result, we constantly need a “pick-me-up” to get more energy and raise the blood sugar level again. And what do we choose? That’s right, sugar. It’s a very vicious cycle!

Not to mention empty calorie foods are usually high in saturated fats, fattening oils, salt, and sodium, which are the major culprits of a number of health issues like cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, and cancer.

So what is the solution?

Avoid empty calorie, high-sugar foods and focus on eating healthy foods like whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, egg whites, wild fish, organic meats, and nuts. As you learn to appreciate the role food plays in your body your taste will evolve and you will begin to choose foods that make your body, not your mind feel good. To me, a nice dessert is a hot apple crumble or a bowl of fresh fruit salad and a dollop of plain yogurt.

To get through your cravings, experiment and try different things. I always like to use the 80/20 rule and focus on eating healthy 80 percent of the time. This allows us to make as healthy-a-choice as possible and not be hard on yourself. If you absolutely need, indulge and then focus the rest of the time on eating healthy. But by all means, avoid getting stuck in the sugar trap.

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