The Secret That Will Save You From Sugar

I know it’s the time of year when all sorts of "sugar plums" are dancing in your head: from candy canes and gingerbread men to sugar cookies and apple pies. 

Even if you eat well all year, one cookie can easily lead to 10 at the holiday table. 

Here’s the simple secret that will turn off your sugar cravings: eat more root vegetables. 

When you pass on dessert, you won’t even feel deprived! You just won’t feel like eating cookies, cake, or candy.

How does it work?

If your body’s nutritional needs are not met, it will tell you to keep eating until you have all the glucose (energy), vitamins, and minerals you need. 

That’s why cravings are a good thing. They're your body’s way of telling you what it needs. (And believe me, they are never wrong.) 

Unfortunately, in this day and age, our brain often gets confused thanks to a barrage of food advertising and an abundance of processed foods. 

So, now, when your body sends out the signal, “I need sweet food,” your brain can easily interpret it as “Get me a tub of rocky road ice cream,” instead of what your body is actually looking for, which is the energy, vitamins, and minerals that come from root vegetables. Both are sweet, but definitely not equal in nutritional profile. 

So, if you give your body what it needs, you won’t even want the sweet imposters. 

Try eating more sweet potatoes, yams, carrots, parsnips, yucca, beets, rutabaga, turnips, jicama and butternut squash. 

Eat a hearty root vegetable dish before a holiday party, and you’ll be able to stand in front of the dessert table for hours without drooling.

Of course, a few nibbles of holiday treats won’t kill you, so by all means, enjoy a taste! 

Life is no fun without cake, but remember, it’s no fun with an expanding wasitband, either, so use this secret to be satisfied with one slice, instead of 8.

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About the Author

Maria Marlowe (formerly Maria Guadagno) is the author of Detox without the Deprivation and is a Certified Health Coach. She has made it her mission to help America get healthy through better nutrition. Maria coaches clients to get healthy through both one-on-one and group programs. She hosts monthly nutrition workshops in NYC, and publishes a weekly newsletter and blog with nutrition tips and recipes that make healthy food taste good. Kickstart your wellness with her free Healthy, Happy, & Glowing Guide.