People throw around the word “sugar crash” all the time, but is it a real problem? How do sugar crashes occur? We committed to learning everything there is to know about sugar crashes and we found some awesome tips to help curb your sugar cravings, so you can prevent sugar crashes altogether!
Sugar crashes start with consuming sugar (or carbohydrates that transform into sugar during digestion). Simple carbohydrates, such as those in white bread or sugar, provide the body with the quickest form of energy due to their easily digestible composition. When sugars are consumed in large quantities, blood sugar levels rise, and the body is quick to respond by producing more insulin, a hormone that regulates how much sugar is in the bloodstream.
Often times, the body overcompensates and the excess sugar is stored in tissues. Due to overcompensation, blood sugar levels begin to drop significantly and the sugar crash begins. Fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and hunger are common symptoms of low blood sugar. That is why these symptoms are associated with the sugar crash!
Now we all know that we want to avoid sugar crashes, but how can we avoid carbohydrates and sugar when cravings come around? Here are our favorite ways to curb cravings:
- Drink hint water instead of reaching for soda or juice
- Freeze your favorite fruit and eat that as a dessert
- Move around or go for a walk
- Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner to prevent low blood sugar
- Allow yourself to have a small sweet treat every once in awhile
- Eat more fruit