When the weather outside is cold, a cup of hot steaming gingerbread latte sounds like pure heaven! But at over 600 calories a cup, the reality is that many grab and go drinks can be laden full of highly processed sugar and syrups. Warmth coupled with taste and convenience make this a hard habit for most to break, especially in winter. An increase in indulgence towards high sugar foods leads to an increase in cravings for more of the same. Leptin is a hormone produced to tell us when we are full, it's the satiety hormone. However, when we eat too much fructose, leptin can become 'switched off'. The sugar we eat causes our bodies to produce too much insulin which results in blood sugar crashes. This in turn, makes us crave more sugar, and so on, and so on....Back in the days when food was scarce this wasn't a problem, but since 1990 the consumption of sugar in Britain has increased by 31%, as sugar has become the number 1 additive in most of the foods we eat.
Christmas is known for the abundance of high sugar treats readily available to us, and whilst we believe in enjoying the festive period with some indulgence and merriment, take caution and just be mindful of food and drinks you consume over the coming weeks to help keep your sugar levels in check. Eating protein with each meal and snacks significantly helps your body to process and convert the carbs and sugars that you do consume and will also help you to feel fuller for longer and less tempted to reach for the sweet treats. So try adding high protein foods into your daily diet, such as nuts, grilled fish, chicken, eggs to help keep your protein high and your body feeling ready for anything.