Apr 292015
 

How I Got Rid Of Cravings For Sweets - www.RadianceCentral.com

Yesterday someone left a question asking how to get rid of cravings for sweets. When I read the comment, I immediately thought about how much I could relate to that dilema. After giving birth to my daughter Luna Ray, I felt like I developed a strong sweet tooth overnight. I never had that while I was pregnant with her, but when she arrived, so did an unquenchable sweet tooth! Perhaps it’s from the postpartum hormones or lack of sleep, but for a long time all I could think about, and dream about, was sweet food!

So for myself, I needed to tackle that issue quick, and through various experiments there’s two things that worked for me to decrease and prevent cravings for sweets and treats.

How did I get rid of cravings for sweets?

Two things that help me the most to get rid of and prevent cravings for sweets: increasing consumption of starchy complex carbohydrates (whole grains, beans, legumes, pulses, and starchy vegetables like yams, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, etc.), and exercise (cardio and strength training).

What about fruit, or healthy desserts to get rid of cravings?

You might be wondering what about fruit? What about a healthy dessert made with dried fruit or honey, maple syrup? Wouldn’t that satisfy sweet cravings?

For me, not always! This is not to say that I don’t eat fruit or a healthy dessert, I do, and I love them, but to deal with the unrelenting sweet cravings that can be ingrained into my daily life, I want to get rid of the cravings to begin with, not substitute the cravings with something else. I know myself well enough to know that when I’m having a lot of strong sweet cravings, if I eat something sweet, even if it’s made out of healthy ingredients, sometimes I end up over-eating it, or not feeling completely satisfied.

So to be clear, I do eat fruit, I eat fruit every day, and I do eat desserts made out of healthy ingredients, but I don’t rely on them to get rid of my cravings. Complex starchy carbohydrates (like whole grains, beans, legumes, etc.), and exercise, especially cardiovascular exercise, help prevent and eliminate sweet cravings, many times instantaneously!

Starchy Complex Carbohydrates

So when I started having crazy sugar and sweet cravings, I increased my daily consumption of complex carbohydrates like whole grains, beans, legumes, and starchy vegetables. These food not only have a good amount of carbs in them, but also fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals as well. This not only works as a great carb fix, but works to stabilize your blood sugar and make you feel full and satisfied.

I don’t need to eat a lot of these carbs either, but I do have to make sure they are part of my daily diet in order to ward off sugar cravings. I find what works is having small portions once or twice (sometimes 3 times) a day with vegetables and/or a protein, to make a complete and satisfying meal. My portion sizes vary, but on average I have about 1/2 cup of complex carbohydrates in a meal.

Exercise

All exercise is fantastic to stabilize blood sugar, boost mood, and release stress and tension. If you have a sweet craving, go and exercise. I don’t know many people who go and workout, and afterwards want to stop at a bakery to buy cake to eat on their way home.

When you exercise, you feel so good about yourself and how you feel, you get a natural high. This can counter the cravings, and if you exercise regularly, you’ll naturally notice those sweet cravings decrease over time without much effort at all.

More about how I get rid of cravings for sweets, watch the video below!


The last 10 Day Juice Fasting Program starts next Tuesday, May 5th!
I’m working on a NEW online Juice Fasting program coming out this June or July. This program will be a shorter program (7 days total – a 5 day juice fast, and two one-day transition days on and off the fast). The 10 Day Juice Fasting Program in May will be the last time I’m hosting an extended, 10 day juice fast, so if you want to do a long juice fast, join us!!! CLICK HERE to sign-up!!!

Mar 242015
 

Success Strategy - Motivation & Timing! - www.RadianceCentral.com

Are you trying to lose weight, eat healthier, get fit, or just want to take better care of yourself?

Motivation is key in determining your success! You can have all the information and tools in the world, but if you aren’t motivated, you won’t get anywhere.

Keeping motivated, plus timing is everything!

Recently I have found that it’s not only knowing what keeps me motivated, but having a strategy in place to be doing these things at specific times of the day/evening when I need it the most. For me, the late afternoons and evening are my “weakest hour(s),” where I find myself having cravings and temptations, procrastinating, making excuses, having the lowest amount of energy, and sometimes even doubting myself. Let’s just say this is the time of day where I’m looking for the biggest boost, and naturally, sugar cravings start setting in.

To counter this, I know exactly what keeps me motivated and on track – I find it’s activities that make me feel the best, and invigorate me, especially the activities that remind me that I’m alive. Examples of this is playing with my daughter (especially making her laugh!!), walking on the beach with my husband and daughter, exercising, gardening, exploring places I haven’t been to, drinking a fresh green juice, eating a big salad, taking a hot bath, reading, cleaning the house (for some reason cleaning out the refrigerator I find to be super motivating to eat healthy!), listening to music, catching up with a friend, etc. All these things help to shift my energy from fantasizing about chocolate bars, to getting up and doing something healthy, and that feels good.

First, know what activities will help keep you motivated. Then figure out the time of day (or evening) where you will need them the most.

My New Year’s goal was to get back into shape and get fit again! I was all excited about it, and I was even trying to exercise in the morning (which I’m not a morning person!). That obviously was short-lived, as I just mention, I’m not a morning person! Even though I’m not a morning person, my mornings are pretty straight forward, taking care of 1.5 year old keeps me busy, so I have no room for distraction, and cravings in the morning are very minimal, even non-existent. But come afternoon, especially when I hit a dip in energy, this is when I need help. At this time of day is when I actually need exercise the most, so why was I thinking of doing it in the morning when I needed it the least?! The same thing with my daily green juice. I used to drink it in the morning, but recently, I’ve moved it to the afternoons, at around 3pm when I would be craving chocolate. It works like a charm, I have the green juice, the chocolate cravings disappear, and next thing you know it, I’m getting my running shoes on for my afternoon exercise routine. It’s a domino effect of healthy activities, and amazingly enough, at a time of day that used to be my weakest.

Have you switched around any of your routines to a different time of day, and did it make a difference? What keeps you motivated?

Want to do a Juice Fast? Join the next 10 Day Juice Fasting Program starting Wednesday, April 1, 2015!!! The program includes menu planners to transition on and off the fast, fasting outline, daily videos specifically made to guide you through the fast (20-40 minutes long each) and an online forum to connect with everyone from around the world doing the juice fast with you! Natasha is on the private Juice Fasting Forum daily answering questions and offering additional support! CLICK HERE to sign-up!

Jan 052015
 

Happy New Year!!!! I’m super excited for 2015!

In today’s video I share my New Year’s resolution for this year, plus I talk about last year’s resolution and what I did differently to actually achieve it!
 

Want to do a Juice Fast to kick-off the New Year? Join the next 10 Day Juice Fasting Program starting Tuesday, January 6, 2015!!! The program includes menu planners to transition on and off the fast, fasting outline, daily videos specifically made to guide you through the fast (20-40 minutes long each) and an online forum to connect with everyone from around the world doing the juice fast with you! Natasha is on the private Juice Fasting Forum daily answering questions and offering additional support! CLICK HERE to sign-up!
 

Dec 022014
 

Make December the healthiest month of the year!! What we tell ourselves determines everything– don’t listen to those people talking about ‘holiday weight gain’ or ‘falling-off over the holidays.’ You decide what kind of month it’s going to be (and nothing better than starting the new year already feeling super fabulous!).
 

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Nov 202014
 

The holidays are going to be rolling in soon. Don’t leave your diet and fitness goals until later, start now!! There’s no better way to celebrate the holidays than feeling fit and fabulous!!
 

Ready to let go of the sugar and processed food once and for all??!!
Join the NEW 7 Day Whole Food Challenge starting Monday, November 24, 2014! For 7 days you’ll be on a 100% healthy, real food diet! This program is an online program, so once you sign up you’ll immediately receive an ebook with over 75 recipes, program guidelines, sample menus, lists of meal ideas, etc..) and once the program begins you’ll have access to a private online forum for support, and daily education & motivational videos to teach you everything you need to know about eating a healthy, whole food diet. Click Here to sign-up now!