How to make Lemon Mug Cakes

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If you love Lemons, you will love this Lemon protein mug cake that is packed with plant-based protein! I love lemon! I have so many Lemon Recipes on my blog; it has to be kind of apparent. For the last three years, I have asked for a Meyer’s Lemon Tree for my Birthday to no avail. Maybe this will be the year I get the it-hint hint, fam! But even if I don’t, fresh lemons will always be in my kitchen, available to make a yummy treat and so many other benefits!

Lemon water is a popular fitness trend, but do you know why?

 

Benefits of Lemons you may not have heard.

 

There are lots of benefits to lemons, but here are a few that people don’t often mention:

1. Great for digestion-

That’s why the Lemon Water Trend began in America. We are always looking for a solution to our digestive issues. According to Fox News Health, About 74% of Americans experience daily Gastrointestinal Discomfort. Some people are now looking for natural remedies. Adding lemon- even if it’s in the form of Lemon Water to your diet can help aid your Digestion.1 Lemon are an excellent source of soluble fiber which especially in the form of pectin, which is a soluble fiber that helps slow down the digestion of sugar and starches meanwhile reducing your blood sugar levels. It would be best to ingest a lot of lemon pulp and skin to get the fiber benefits lemons to offer. That is why most people use juiced lemon to help increase their lemon pulp intake. Although that is the theory, most people don’t juice the required amount of lemons to improve gut health. If they did, they would help with their digestion.

 

2. Great Anemia protection-

Any fruit containing Vitamin C and Citric Acid is an excellent addition to someone trying to absorb the Iron that occurs in plant foods. Helping people absorb more Iron from their foods can be helpful for those who are Iron deficient. Veggies rich in Iron like Kale, Greens, Broccoli coupled with lemons can help with iron absorption from plants instead of animal sources of Iron.

Adding more lemon to your diet will help you get the absorption from plant sources harder for us to absorb than animal sources of Iron. Supporting add protection against anemia.


3. Great to prevent kidney stones

According to News Medical Life Science, “They noted that there was an over four times rise of kidney stones among women and the incidence had doubled among men over these three decades.” Mostly because of the overprocessed American diet. Our body and the lack of water and overconsumption of oxalates in our foods. 2

Lemons are an excellent natural remedy for chronic kidney stones. Studies have concluded that the high levels of citric acid found in lemons help increase urine volume and pH, making it less likely for kidney stones to form.3 Consuming a minimum of half a cup of lemon juice daily can positively affect kidney stones.4

4. Great for weight loss

This is probably the most common reason I found people drinking lemon water because they believe it helps them lose weight. It does but not to the extent that you think. Studies have revealed Lemons have polyphenols (which I have written about before) that help you lose weight, but a healthy diet and exercise are necessary to achieve quantifiable results. 5 My lemon protein mug cake is a great alternative for when you’re craving sugar. Check out post: Why you are craving sugar

5. Great for your teeth

Studies have shown that lemon’s chemical properties are excellent for tooth pain, cleaning, and cleaning your mouth naturally. Seek a toothpaste with lemon in it or add a drop to your mouthwash routine. It’s great to eliminate the bacteria in your mouth and neutralizes bad breath.

6. Great for Internal Bleeding

This is something that surprised me in my research. Lemons contain antiseptic and coagulant effects that have helped stop internal bleeding. Some people use it as a remedy for things like nosebleeds because of the coagulant effect. Put some lemon juice on a cotton ball and apply it to a nosebleed and watch it magically stop.

7. Soothes Respiratory Disorders

Lemons are a rich source of Vitamin C, making them great to combat respiratory issues and breathing problems. Drinking lemon juice in water, diffusing Lemon essential oils can help assist with breathing and respiratory disorders.

 

Not only does lemon have all these and so many more benefits, but they taste great too! Give this 90-second Lemon protein mug cake a try next time you are looking for a delicious lemon treat. You can grab all the ingredients to make your Mug Cake from NOW FOODS. Use Code “FAITHFUELED” to receive 20% off your purchase.

Were there any facts that surprised you about lemons?

  1. Mandal, D. (2018, August 23). Kidney stones on the rise among Americans, finds study. Retrieved January 11, 2021, from https://www.news-medical.net/news/20180214/Kidney-stones-on-the-rise-among-Americans-finds-study.aspx

 

  1. Seltzer MA;Low RK;McDonald M;Shami GS;Stoller ML;. (n.d.). Dietary manipulation with lemonade to treat hypocitraturic calcium nephrolithiasis. Retrieved January 11, 2021, from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8709360/

 

  1. Penniston, K., Nakada, S., Holmes, R., & Assimos, D. (2008, March). Quantitative assessment of citric acid in lemon juice, lime juice, and commercially-available fruit juice products. Retrieved January 11, 2021, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18290732/

 

  1. Fukuchi, Y., Hiramitsu, M., Okada, M., Hayashi, S., Nabeno, Y., Osawa, T., & Naito, M. (2008, November). Lemon Polyphenols Suppress Diet-induced Obesity by Up-Regulation of mRNA Levels of the Enzymes Involved in beta-Oxidation in Mouse White Adipose Tissue. Retrieved January 11, 2021, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19015756

 

  1. Pussinen, P., Laatikainen, T., Alfthan, G., Asikainen, S., & Jousilahti, P. (2003, September). Periodontitis is associated with a low concentration of vitamin C in plasma. Retrieved January 11, 2021, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC193894

What’s Bible and Bootcamps?

Have you ever looked back at where you’ve been and it all of a sudden make sense? That’s has been the last few months for me.  A few years ago, I was lost (Spiritually and Mentally), depressed, anxious, creeping up the scale and desperate for a way out.  It wasn’t until I completely surrendered all aspects of my life and sought God’s counsel that I found a direction to take.  Then a year ago almost to the day I had a “God idea.” I was scrolling through Facebook and an add for my current college popped up. I never thought of going back to school but as if I was forcefully pushed I pressed “Send me more info.” Within minutes I got a phone call that has literally changed this lost girl to having a clear vision that gets even more high definition by the day. Honestly, if I list the blessings that God has given my family and I in the last year it is nothing short of amazing and all God’s glory.  Well, here I am two years later with a degree in Fitness and Exercise Science.  Two NASM certifications and amazing opportunities to lead people to God’s kingdom through fitness.

Taking HUGE Risk

I believe so much in this vision God has given me to build a community of women that glorify God by honoring their temple and need to be fueled by faith.  After  prayers of “How”, “Why” and “Who.” God led me to an amazing team to get all of these floods of ideas into an amazing program that can help women:

  1. Increase their dependence on God through their weight loss journey
  2. Lose weight efficiently and effectively while learning lifestyle habits to help them honor their temple.
  3. Increase energy so they can be the best soldiers for God’s army and gaining confidence to lead people to Christ.

I wasn’t sure how that was going to look but slowly and methodically just as God has ordained and with a lot of inspiration my team and I have been drafting up an amazing program for women to use everywhere.

I wanted to make sure that my program addressed all fitness levels and spiritual needs.  My six-week transformation program has become a customized program that is designed uniquely for each women’s strengths and weaknesses.  Giving you all the tools that you need to make the transformation in your life.

Bibles and Bootcamps will be a Six Week Transformation Program. We will walk daily for Forty-two days in the Word and increase our dependence on Christ on our fitness journey.

Bibles and Bootcamp is an intense, unique, six-week transformation to boost your potential to get dramatic results inside and out. Bibles and Bootcamp has a three-step approach.

  1. Spiritually and Mentally we will help you change your thought patterns, increase your dependence on God and enhance your self-confidence and get rid of beliefs that have you held you back before.
  2. Nutritionally we are going to show you what to eat that really fuels you.  Educating you and on healthy eating guidelines and providing a Biblically based meal plan that will help support you in your goals.
  3. Physically we are going to apply the spiritual discipline and living sacrifice into a customizable workout program that increases your strength, flexibility, core, and endurance.

Bibles and Bootcamps will also be delivering some invaluable tools with our six-week program.

  • 6 week program
  • Grocery list of approved foods
  • Healthy Eating guidance, recipes, and accountability
  • Customizable workouts delivered on any device or in print
  • Daily tips and training
  • Group Q&A

I have pulled every tool out for this to be an amazing program. Utilizing my knowledge in Fitness Exercise Science.  Several groups Beta testing and tweaking. Also, teaming up with some amazing Christian Women authors.  Our series will tackle Food Fixation, Dependence on God and Nutrient Based Eating.

I’ve researched and spent countless hours exploring what Christian women need to stop sabotaging their efforts and start thriving.  What I have found that a key factor is your Spiritual relationship with God and a proven workout.  My Beta testers’ are also seeing some pretty amazing results.

“De is amazing I can tell you! She is a precious woman of God and she knows her stuff…she got me started on my fitness journey earlier this year and I lost some serious pounds (over 40) under her direction.” -Ammie B.

 

 

 

“Bibles and bootcamp has been an amazing experience. This is my first time putting my faith and Fitness together in one and the feeling is amazing. I have already starting see results after only 3 weeks and I’m excited for what left to come.”

— Dana

“I love it all. The nutrition is simplified. The workouts are fun, yet challenging and De is an awesome coach & spiritual support. ”

— V.T.
 

I cannot wait to see what this program does for you in your life.  I am honored and privileged to get to cheer you on the entire way.  If you’re looking to find a way to Honor God’s temple at it’s best and tired of the on again off again plans and looking for something that is going to sustain you inside and out than you must join us for our First program! If you are looking for more information check out some frequently asked questions www.BiblesAndBootcamps.com

Have you ever used your faith to fuel your workouts?

What is the Bible and Bootcamps App?

“Your ministry is found where you’ve been broken. Your testimony is found where you’ve been restored.”

Bible and Bootcamps is a Mobile App for Faith and Fitness

Have you ever looked back at where you’ve been and it all of a sudden make sense?

A few years ago, I was lost (Spiritually and Mentally), depressed, anxious, creeping up the scale, and desperate for a way out.  It wasn’t until I completely surrendered all aspects of my life and sought God’s counsel that I found a direction to take.

Then  had a “God idea.” I was scrolling through Facebook and an add for my current college popped up. I never thought of going back to school, but as if I was forcefully pushed. I pressed, “Send me more info.” Within minutes I got a phone call that has literally changed this lost girl to having a clear vision that gets even more high definition by the day. Honestly, if I list the blessings that God has given my family; it is nothing short of amazing and all God’s glory.

Well, years later, with a degree in Fitness and Exercise Science.  Several NASM certifications and pursuing NASM Master Trainer. I have had fantastic opportunities to lead people to God’s kingdom through fitness.

Taking HUGE Risk

I believe so much in this vision God has given me to build a community of women that glorify God by honoring their temple. It’s my “why” in most things that I do.  After  prayers of “How,” “Why,” and “Who.” God led me to a remarkable team to get all of these floods of ideas into a fantastic program that can help women:

  1. Increase their dependence on God through their weight loss journey
  2. Lose weight efficiently and effectively while learning lifestyle habits to help them honor their temple.
  3. Increase energy so they can be the best soldiers for God’s army and gaining confidence to lead people to Christ.

I wasn’t sure how that was going to look, but slowly and methodically just as God has ordained, I have created an effective program for women to use everywhere with a Mobile App.

Bible and Bootcamps App for Every Fitness Level

I wanted to make sure that my program addressed all fitness levels and spiritual needs. If you’re willing to put in the work and show up every day no matter your fitness level. God will meet you where you are and help you honor your temple.  My six-week transformation program has become a customized program that is designed uniquely for each women’s strengths and weaknesses.  Giving you all the tools that you need to transform your life.

Bible and Bootcamps will be a Six Week Transformation Program. We will walk daily for Forty-two days in the Word and increase our dependence on Christ on our fitness journey. Bible and Bootcamp is an intense, unique, six-week transformation to boost your potential to get dramatic results inside and out. Think of it like Basic training for a healthier lifestyle.

Bible and Bootcamp Program has a three-step approach.

  1. Spiritually and Mentally, we will help you change your thought patterns, increase your dependence on God, and enhance your self-confidence, and get rid of beliefs that have you held you back before.
  2. Nutritionally we are going to show you what to eat that fuels you.  Educating you and on healthy eating guidelines and providing a Biblically based meal plan that will help support you in your goals.
  3. Physically we are going to apply the spiritual discipline and living sacrifice into a customizable workout program that increases your strength, flexibility, core, and endurance.

What the Program Includes:

Bibles and Bootcamps will also be delivering some invaluable tools with our six-week program.

  • The 6-week program delivered to you via the FaithFueled™ Life App
  • Daily Devotionals to encourage you on your journey
  • Grocery list of approved foods
  • Cookbook with 42 recipes
  • Healthy Eating guidance, recipes, and accountability
  • Customizable workouts delivered on any device via Mobile App
  • Daily tips and training
  • Group Q&A

How is it affecting women?

I have pulled every tool out for this to be a powerful program. Utilizing my knowledge in Fitness Exercise Science. I’ve researched and spent countless hours exploring what Christian women need to stop sabotaging their efforts and start thriving.  What I have found that a critical factor is your Spiritual relationship with God, achievable nutrition, and a proven science-based workout.  My Beauties have seen some pretty amazing results.

 

“De is amazing I can tell you! She is a precious woman of God and she knows her stuff…she got me started on my fitness journey earlier this year and I lost some serious pounds (over 40) under her direction.” -Ammie B.

 

 

 

“Bibles and bootcamp has been an amazing experience. This is my first time putting my faith and Fitness together in one and the feeling is amazing. I have already starting see results after only 3 weeks and I’m excited for what left to come.”

— Dana

“I love it all. The nutrition is simplified. The workouts are fun, yet challenging and De is an awesome coach & spiritual support. ”

— V.T.
 

Why don’t you join us?

I cannot wait to see what this program does for you in your life.  I am honored and privileged to get to cheer you on the entire way.  For those seeking a way to Honor God’s temple at it’s best and tired of the on again off again plans. If you’re looking for something that is going to sustain you inside and out than you must join us! If you are looking for more information check out some frequently asked questions BiblesAndBootcamp

The Mission

Ultimately, I pray that Bible and Bootcamps become a Ministry for Small Churches to provide Wellness to their members.  Currently, I am offering BaB at two churches and praying God uses me to help more!

Have you ever used your faith to fuel your workouts? How about a fitness app? Why not try both?

My Favorite Workout Apps and Online Programs

Here are some Online Fitness Programs and Workout Apps that I recommend to help you spiritually, mentally, and physically on your journey while you are quarantined.

Check out my blog post on Home Strength Training with Pantry Items

Within a day, your gym experience became a home gym experience, and many apps are being offered at the moment.  The fitness industry is probably aware more so than the consumer of the positive benefits of movement while being quarantined. Having a way to move your body with limited space and equipment is a great resource to get through the days.  There are so many apps out there, but I wanted to recommend some that I think will help you begin your journey or maintain your journey to a healthy lifestyle.  It’s not about the pounds that you put on while being stuck in the house. It’s about leaving spiritually, mentally, and physically better than when you began.

You have no excuses with Online Programs and Workout Apps

You can no longer use the reason that you don’t have enough time.  There is an infinite amount of time to these endless days and short weeks.  I find myself being very productive, especially when I move midday.  It’s that energy I need and time I need to kill to get me through the rest of these long days in self-quarantine. So, I’ve narrowed it down to apps that I use and love anytime but are especially useful now.

Free Access to FaithFit Project Workout App

FaithFit Project is an audio devotion fitness app.  This is my cardio go-to! When I am running on the treadmill, outside, stair climbing, this app gives me motivation and inspiration. What makes this app different than other apps is it is audio devotions.  You can choose mode where the instruct you through the workout. Using Scripture references, and devotion or you go it alone and just have the Word in your ear.  Its a really powerful app that you should try.  You can find it in the Google Play Store and Apple Store.  Download it today and give it a try!  Share the app with your friends on social media!

Oxygen Magazine Online Fitness Program

I have joined the #OxygenCares Movement as an Oxygen Elite Ambassador, and Oxygen Magazine is offering FREE access to its Fast-Track Fitness online program. This 28-day program created by Chady Dunmore implements a quick, effective workout using minimal equipment — perfect for doing at home. So, even if your gym doors are temporarily closed, you can still get in a solid workout and maintain your gains! Use the code BEWELL at checkout to get free access for 60 days. This offer ends 5/15/2020.

 

FaithFueled Life App 7- Day Access to Monthly Membership Program

My fitness app is great for all fitness levels and a way to keep moving. FaithFueled Life apps have multiple ways for you to move.  Bible and Bootcamps 6 week program, Sugar and Detox 21 Day Program, Monthly Workout Programs, and Virtual training directly through me.  Workouts vary from or seven-minute total core burnouts to full-body exercises you can do in your home or gym.  Now I am offering a free one week trial with code STAYWELL. (Students, teachers, and health care professionals can receive a free trial through July 1.) Choose your workout from five-minute HIIT routines to 45 minutes of strength or bodyweight training. After the trial, the FaithFueled Life app costs $19.99 per month or $16.67 per month for the year.  Learn more about Virtual Training and Classes you can take with me here. 

My Fitness Pal is an excellent Workout App for Accountability

This is a great way to stay accountable for mindless eating. Set your food budget the night before by putting the things you plan to eat. Then if you plan on adding to the budget, ask yourself, why? Before you make that poor food choice.  While we are shut-in, we need to nourish our body to keep it healthy.  I plan on taking the time to make improvements in my lifestyle.  I hope you would join me and lets’  be friends.  Lack of accountability is where people fail.  It’s also nice to connect during times like these, and I encourage that you reach out to people and see how they are doing.

 

Spotify is a great Workout App for Inspiration and Motivation

We have been playing a lot of music which equals dancing, which is movement.  It also helps lifts your spirits.  Dance parties are something I used to do when the girls were little. Since being quarantined, we have been playing Just Dance or just turning on some music and dancing. Its been fun and a great stress reliever.  I also like to listen to music when I workout. It’s actually the only requirement.  Here’s the playlist I have been Running and LIfting on Spotify. You can also follow me on Spotify and grab all my playlist.  I also co-host a Fit Black Queens Podcast, which is excellent for cardio sessions or just to listen. We share the brown girl perspective of fitness, health, and wellness.  I think we’re pretty funny, but you should listen for yourself.

 

HIIT Interval Timer is an excellent Workout App for Efficiency

I use this timer for my group classes and my own personal workouts. I like it personally because it works with your existing music.  Timers make it easier to do the exercises than counting reps.  You can also focus on the move more if you don’t have to remember what number you’re on, and it keeps you on task moving from exercise to exercise. Download this really easy to use HIIT Timer!

Whatever you use or how you choose to move. Just don’t make movement an option. Taking care of your health, praying for others, and supporting how and when we can is the only way we’re going to get through this together.  I would love to help you on your journey or just connect.

 

What new ways have you found to move since being quarantined?

7 Reasons you may be craving sugar

Why do I crave sugar?


I have serious sugar detoxed more than a handful of times only to be good for literally months and then get hooked back into a sugary spiral.  I even have discovered some delicious sweeteners to replace sugar. Yet, I still have cravings. So, I went into research mode, and I found some caritative information.  My findings- I’m not craving sugar. Other issues are making me think I want sugar. Of course, which had me thinking, does anyone else know that they may be an easier way to beat the sugar monster than complete abstinence? What if you got to the root of the problems:

Is it possible to live sugar-free? Yes, I have done it for months at a time. So, I know it can be sustainable, but if I am intentional. It’s like becoming a Vegan or Vegetarian. At first, it takes an adjustment, but then it becomes a lifestyle.  

There have been health campaigns, research, and evidence to educate people on the damage and effects of sugar, yet; Sugar is still about a THIRD of people’s daily caloric intake. Usually, the other TWO-THIRDS of their diet are processed, artificial food-like products.  So many obesity-related diseases are connected to sugar. Recently, multiple studies have concluded and connected sugar to cause rapid progression in cancer patients.

Sugar is becoming an Epidemic.

Most people don’t realize the added sugar in products that you wouldn’t even be considered. Ingesting sugar also affects the part of our brain that controls impulse, like the impulse to eat the entire ice cream container instead of a healthy serving.

It’s somewhat of a vicious circle. You ingest more sugar because you crave what you eat. I have found many women; once they start to change their pallets, they begin to change their cravings. There are many other reasons that you may crave sugar that can either be a warning to see your doctor or a warning to make better food choices.  Your sugar cravings may be telling you to go to bed earlier or take better care of yourself.  There are so many reasons that your sweet tooth can become a sugar demon. 

Sugar Addiction is a real thing.

People have been found to fall into several categories when it comes to Sugar Addiction. We all have different triggers and causes, meaning it’s not just an evident cut terrible habit. It all depends on our diets, health, activity, and even hormonal changes. I am going to start with my affliction.

1. Dehydration affects sugar consumption

Dehydration is often related to sugar addiction. For me, I am usually dehydrated. I am rarely thirsty but often dehydrated. Why? I associate the feeling of thirst with hunger. Often when I am thirsty, I think I am hungry. I search for snacks that never satiate, and I remain thirsty, never quenching my craving.

When you are dehydrated, your liver releases glycogen and other energy stores. This release results in a craving for sweets. You desire sweet foods because to produce glycogen; you need water and glucose. Glucose is your sugar storage your body uses for energy. When you are dehydrated, it difficult for your body to produce that sugar like an energy st. Thereforeore, it craves sugar.

Dehydration can also hinder the production of serotonin in the brain.  When you are low on serotonin, it also can affect whether you feel full or not.  When your serotonin levels are low, it will send signals your hungry even if you are not, and what’s the first thing you want to grab? Yes! Something with lots of carbs, and please add sugar.  It’s probably one of the main reasons I struggle with sugar because I don’t drink enough. I have written about the importance of hydration; I guess I should follow my own advice.  Drink up and lots of it. You may even want to try Electrolyte water that may help with hydration.

2. Is your Adrenaline on Overload?

If you were suffering, are you aware, or are you confusing it with other symptoms?  Most people don’t realize that they are enduring Adrenaline overload for a few reasons.  It can resemble a rapid breath, jumbled thoughts, dry mouth, sweaty palms, thought confusion, sore throat, Hangry or annoyed when you’re hungry, often feeling stressed or dizzy when you are standing.  Also, maybe urinating frequently without reason. Hello, Adrenaline overload and another reason your sugar cravings are out of control.  

Have you heard of your adrenal glands?

Think of it as the gland that secretes hormones when your body is under stress—specifically, Adrenaline and Cortisol. I think of these two hormones as the “flight or fight” signals.  When our body is stressed or feels it’s in danger. It prepares itself for two options: Fight, at which your Cortisol is preparing you by getting you prepared to fight. Or flight at which your body is preparing itself to be as fast as possible. Both hormones are put into action depending on the situation and how your body feels it needs to react.  

Adrenal overload is when the adrenal glands either become slow to boost our energy, it’s natural for our body to crave a high energy source-yes, sugar! How do you prevent this-never stress out! Haha, just kidding, but honestly, taking time to rest, eat properly, exercise, and relax are all vital to your physical and mental health.  Prioritizing time for these things made need to be considered if you feel the effects of adrenaline overload.

If you think you are, I would also double-check with a doctor. 

3. Is your Thyroid gland working correctly?

One thing I have realized in the last three years is the importance of hormones. With more education, I think that many people are learning the value of hormones and their effect on your body. Within the last four years, I have had four of my friends diagnosed and undergo treatment for Thyroid cancer.  

According to ACSO POST, “Thyroid Cancer diagnoses are increasing at a rate faster than any other malignancy in the United States. In 2017, there will be 56,870 new cases, accounting for 3.4% of all cancers, and 2,010 people will die of thyroid cancer. This represents a more than 200% increase in incidence since the 1970s.”

The New Rise in Thyroid Cancer

Researchers attribute the rise to overdiagnosis, and others have said that Thyroid cancer diagnosis is increasing by 3.74% annually. Studies are currently being conducted to see if the growth is due to better indicators or environmental exposures and diets. The increase is something to be aware of and how it is associated with sugar dependency.  

If you feel like your thyroid could be an issue, I want to encourage you to speak with your doctor.  There is ongoing research on thyroid cancer and diseases. It has a high mortality rate, and doctors are positive with early detection and treatment, you can combat this thyroid gland disease.  It’s something to consider when your sugar desires aren’t satisfied despite you giving in to cravings. It may be something more severe than you want sweets because you have had a stressful day.

4. That time of the month?

Can you use your menstrual cycle as an excuse to why you crave sweets? Yes, you can, but it doesn’t mean you have to give in.  But Monthly cycle, menopause, and PMS can all be the cause of your desire for an ooey-gooey brownie.

During your menstrual cycle, your insulin levels are decreased. If you have low estrogen and progesterone, your insulin levels deplete. Low insulin levels are called insulin resistance.  Your sugar craving may be the result of your body wanting to supplement the low levels. Usually, you are low on energy, spirits, and more likely to give into cravings. 

Eating the right foods instead of sugary treats will not only help improve your energy, spirits, and cravings.  There are many options other than a snicker.  Try turning to raw nuts, seeds, yogurt, fresh fruit, raisins, avocados. Have you had a good meal? Maybe try lean meats, asparagus, cheese, mushrooms, or parsley.  Adding these foods to your diet during your cycle can help curb the sugar cravings.  

5. Why does stressed spell dessert backward?

It seems like when we are stressed, that is when we reach for the sweets.  I know that I can find comfort in a cupcake. There has been researched that revealed women who are stressed are more likely to crave sweets.  The study found that the cortisol hormone, which attributes to regulating our stress, prefers sweet foods. Say what?

We can’t always avoid stress, but we can work intentionally on our reaction to stress.  There are many ways to manage stress without divulging to sugar. Stress management is also not one size fits all, so I would recommend exploring the things that bring you peace. Prayer and devotion help calm me when stressed or anxious. I also believe in getting regular massages and taking time to be with friends and family.  When we put everything ahead of ourselves, we don’t function at our best — never giving anything else our best because we don’t have anything to offer. 

6. You’re tired and need sleep

Sleep is how our body recovers and is essential to restoring our body. Lack of sleep affects several different hormones that make you want sugar even more than when you are well-rested.  Sleep deprivation will weaken your glucose metabolism and increase your insulin. This causes your blood sugar levels to lower and increases your sugar craving.

On top of that, you are sleep deprived, which also triggers two other hormones, your ghrelin and leptin hormone.  These two hormones tell you-you are hungry and monitors your fullness. When they are off track, not only do you crave sugar the cravings can become insatiable.

It’s an easy fix for sleep deprivation. Get more sleep! If you are having issues, I will seek a professional for help. Changing bedtime habits, creating a routine, and working your way up to 7-9 hours of sleep is what is needed. Not every situation is the same, but lack of sleep affects many people similarly, and craving sugar results.

7. Are you getting enough Micronutrients?

There is much focus on macronutrients on Social Media, which are protein, fats, and carbs.  It is essential to get your micronutrients as well as your significant nutrients. Food was meant to be fuel, but when you are not getting what you need, your body will respond adversely.

In my Fight your Food Cravings E-book, I share what minerals and vitamins you may be lacking when you tend to crave sugar.   When sugar cravings arise, it’s usually these top 3 minerals that you need to get more magnesium, chromium, and zinc.

God made many foods that can help give us these nutrients without a multi-vitamin, but not getting these from your diet.  Your sugar cravings maybe your body requesting these minerals instead of that donut. Check out the FREE DOWNLOAD to get a copy of ways to FIGHT AND KILL YOUR FOOD CRAVINGS!

If you are trying to avoid sugar and manage cravings, I would add more vegetables and fruit to your diet. If you are looking to detox from sugar, I would like to give my Sugar Detox and Devotion a try for 21 days.  

It’s not your typical detox where you use supplements, but you use prayer and whole foods to change your palate, desires, and heart inside and out.  It’s a struggle trying something on your own. So I am there daily encouraging you with Scripture, Devotion, Prayer, Meditation, and daily 20 minute workouts through the FaithFueled Life App.  I also equip you with a 7 Day Prep, E-book and Video Content and a 42 Recipe Cookbook with Low to No Natural Sugar Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snack or Dessert!

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