Hi Daniel Plan followers!
I hope you are having some success with our principles. I feel a little better already!
Today I wanted to talk a little about choices, and expand on the blood sugar discussion from a couple of days ago.
When our blood sugar levels drop below a certain point, our body starts craving something to bring them up. This is part of the reason that people feel so run down in the middle of the afternoon. This is especially a symptom of those following the Standard American Diet (SAD).
They have charged up with high-glycemic foods like sandwiches, chips and a soft drink. As a result their body has released another burst of insulin to get the sugar out of the blood stream. This drives blood sugar levels below the optimal level and they end up having low energy and feeling tired in the mid-afternoon.
This is where choices come in.
Sometimes these folks reach for a sugary snack (think the 3 pm Diet Coke) to make it through the afternoon, while other times they fight the hunger until they get home, at which point they're ravenous and go for the first thing they can get their hands on.
This is why it is so important to have on hand healthy snacks such as cut vegetables and dips like hummus or eggplant dip (recipe here). It helps you can get a quick recharge before dinner. An even better idea is to take them to work with you for those afternoon cravings.
We are always going to eat what is on hand, so it is important to clear out the pantry and not provide ourselves with poor choices. If you want to stop a habit it doesn't make sense to always have the problem in your face. For instance, if you want to quit alcohol it wouldn't be very smart to have beer, wine and liquor all around your house. Eventually you are likely to succumb.
As they say in addiction circles, "if you hang around the barber shop long enough, eventually you are going to get a haircut." Just be sure that you are giving yourself the maximum chance of success by eliminating the things that you know make you fail!
All the best for today!
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