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Better Ways to Satisfy That Sweets Craving

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Satisfy That Sweets Craving

We all know sugar is bad for us. That horse has been ridden to death many times over. Sugar has no minerals, vitamins, or essential fats. It contains no proteins. All it gives us are empty calories that will stick to our waistlines, take forever to work off at the gym, and rot our teeth if we are not careful.

Another result of too much sugar? Rotting teeth from plaque that gathers between teeth and leads to decay. According to the site

Plaque is a naturally occurring matrix of minerals and bacteria that forms on teeth. As plaque builds up, bacteria accumulate. The bacteria eat starches and sugars, then create an acidic byproduct. Acid softens enamel, causing erosion, dental sensitivity, and allowing bacteria can invade and cause cavities.

Among other things, consuming too much sugar is a recipe for non-alcoholic liver disease. Eating more than the daily allowance for sugar can lead to insulin resistance in the body. This can further lead to diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Insulin is also key to regulating abnormal cell growth in the body. Scientists now believe that your insulin levels play a role in developing cancer.

But all this information is of little help in thwarting a sugar craving. So what can individuals do to satisfy their sugar tooth in healthier ways? We break it down.

Go dark with your chocolate.

Cutting back on sweets all at once can lead to a binge session sometime in your future. A better way for controlling your sweets craving? Give yourself what you want in small, measured doses so that you no longer are dealing with an out-of-control craving.

A good option here is a bar of dark chocolate that is at 70 to 85 percent cocoa. With such a high percentage of cocoa, you are getting 11 grams of fiber in a 100 gram bar. As well as scoring high marks for magnesium, copper, manganese, iron, and potassium. Dark chocolate is a terrific source of antioxidants. It has also been studied in relation to lowering cardiovascular disease risk.

Choose fruit.

Your body interprets all sugar the same. But some sources of sugar come with additional minerals and vitamins, making them a more favorable choice. Case in point: Fruit. Apples, oranges, and berries all come with fiber and are chockfull of the nutrients that you need in your diet. Fruit can satisfy a sugar craving just as well as a candy bar, with only a fraction of the sugar content.

Go through your house and get rid of all the junk candy and replace it with fresh fruit for you to nosh on the next time a craving hits.

Make sure you get 8 to 9 hours of sleep each night.

Do you notice a pattern with your sweets cravings? Do they typically hit at night when you are sleepy? Sugar is one of the quickest sources of energy for the body, which is often why you begin to crave sugar toward the end of the day.

Instead of that sugar high, which will keep you up, go to bed. Give your body what it really needs, versus what it wants in the moment. Quality sleep hours mean fewer midnight hours in the kitchen trying to resist temptation.

Fill up your tank (stomach) with water and real foods.

Drink the daily recommended amount of water. Make sure you hit all your macro nutrient levels for food. Doing these two things will keep your stomach full of what your body needs to perform at its peak. This will also keep cravings away because a full stomach is less likely to call for more foods to fill it. Besides, how many of us drink all the water we are supposed to per day?

The next time a sweets craving hits? Tell yourself to first drink a glass of water and check to see if you have eaten the daily required amount of protein, fiber, and calcium. Once you hit your requirements for those, then allow yourself a controlled portion of dark chocolate or fruit.

Walk it off!

Occasionally, a sweets craving will hit that has nothing to do with the body’s need for calories and more to do with boredom. Instead of looking at pictures of enticing foods on Tumblr or Instagram, take a walk instead. It will take your mind off of sweets and give you something to keep you occupied until the craving passes.

Additionally, being in and around nature in the outdoors reduces one’s stress levels and can help you feel calmer and more at peace. Being stressed out can often trigger sweet cravings, which is why taking that walk is good for you on many levels!

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Hobbies, Including Jewelry Making as a Way to Keep Busy or Earn Money

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We have all either had a hobby ourselves, or have known of friends and family who have hobbies. Hobbies are a wonderful way for people to keep busy, keep active, explore their creativity, and a way to express themselves. Hobbies also give a person a chance to explore other areas that they don’t have the chance to in their everyday work or home life. There are a wide range of hobbies to choose from and there is something for everyone. Depending on your interest, some of the more popular hobbies include:

– golf
– tennis
– bowling
– reading
– writing
– movies
– knitting
– quilting
– cooking
– scrapbooking
– jewelry making

Exploring having a hobby is a perfect way to learn how to do something you have always wanted to but never had the time. A hobby can also be very therapeutical for an individual, as one of the top benefits of participating in a hobby is stress relief.

One hobby that has become increasingly popular over the last five to ten years is jewelry making. Not only do people create jewelry simply as a hobby, but many have turned it into a profitable business. There are so many different options for a hobbyist who decides to get involved in making jewelry. A jewelry maker can create rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pins and more. When making jewelry, all pieces made can be unique and personalized. Depending on what type of jewelry you make, you can create your own niche in the look you offer or the types of material that you use.

If you are wondering where to start with making jewelry, there are a wide array of places to learn from. There are many instructional videos on You Tube, for almost any kind of jewelry you’d like to make. Simply do a search and you will literally have close to 200,000 videos to choose from. Get more specific on exactly what you’d like to make and you’ll find even more. You can take classes at your local craft supply stores. Often, you will also be able to find a jewelry class offered through your community education programs. Take the time to research all that you will need to start, and decide on where and how you’d like to learn. Down the road, if you decide that you want to make jewelry to sell, you will also want to learn how to price the pieces you have created.

After learning how to make the jewelry items you want to make, you will need your supplies. Gem Packed is one of the most comprehensive places to not only purchase all your jewelry supplies but also to learn how to make fun and interesting kinds of jewelry. From offering gems, beads, pearls, wires and all the tools you need to start making jewelry, they offer an extensive blog filled with instructions on many different kinds of jewelry. It is a one stop shop on your quest as jewelry making as a new hobby or business.

Remember to also be patient with yourself, as there is always a learning curve when venturing into doing something different. Most importantly, have fun and let your creativity flow.

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