Ashley Miller-Dykeman, MA

4 Quick Tips for Dealing With Sugar Cravings

This article was written in collaboration with TOVI's nutrition expert, Dr. Tara Coletta. Learn more about Dr. Coletta here.


When you have a craving for something sweet, it can be incredibly hard to resist.  Unfortunately, most sweets like candies, cakes, and desserts are loaded with added sugar. Added sugar can refer to sugar that has been added to food or drinks or sugar found naturally in honey, syrups, and unsweetened fruit juices.  Added sugar in high amounts has been linked to a variety of ailments like weight gain, dental cavities, Type 2 Diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

The emergence of so much data about the effects of added sugar has made avoiding sugar a cultural movement.  Cutting back on sugar means opting for unprocessed foods (like whole fruits and veggies, homemade sauces and condiments, and lean meats) over processed choices that are often high in added sugar. Making these kinds of food choices can help you take in fewer calories, control blood sugar levels, and increase your intake of vitamins and minerals.

That said, people often still struggle to “quit sugar” cold-turkey because of the strength of their sugar cravings.  Cravings can occur for a variety of reasons like stress, hormones, or because sugar has become a long-term habit. Regardless of the cause, cravings can be hard to ignore. Luckily, we have a few tips that can help you out when sugar cravings hit.

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Getting Started With Exercise

This article was written in collaboration with TOVI expert, Dr. Tara Coletta. Learn more about Dr. Coletta here.


We all know exercise is good for us. It can help with weight loss, lowering blood pressure, managing blood glucose, stress management, and sleep quality (to name just a few benefits!).  Certain types of exercise can even prevent osteoporosis and other joint and muscle issues.

Understanding the benefits of exercise, however, doesn’t necessarily make it any easier to get moving. Exercise is highly personal, and it can be extremely intimidating to put yourself out there and start getting fit. It’s even harder if you’re surrounded by other people that don’t exercise either.

Luckily, we’ve put together a few straightforward tips and tricks to help you get going.

 

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A Quick Look at Overeating

This article was written in collaboration with TOVI's nutrition expert, Dr. Tara Coletta. Learn more about Dr. Coletta here.


Overeating starts with a very simple concept: eating more than your body needs. Overeating is a common problem in today’s society, and leads to weight gain, heartburn, and other long term conditions like obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Understanding why people overeat and how to help them stop, however, is more complicated. Overeating isn’t the same for everyone, but there are a few common reasons you might struggle with eating more than you need.

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Why TOVI Doesn't Count Calories

This article was written in collaboration with TOVI's nutrition expert, Dr. Tara Coletta. Learn more about Dr. Coletta here.


Food often gets treated as a means-to-an-end for weight loss or soothing emotions, but proper nutrition is so much more. The old saying food is fuel is true; the foods you eat give your body vital nutrients and energy that you can’t get otherwise.  There are many different ways to approach nutrition, but many approaches focus solely on the energy food provides, commonly called calorie counting.

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How to Unwind at the End of Your Day

This blog was written in collaboration with TOVI's mental health expert, Dr. Lorena Ruci. Learn more about Dr. Ruci here.

 

When you’re busy, you might not have time to reflect on your thoughts and emotions.  While it’s tempting to ignore, or push aside, what’s going on in your head, unresolved emotions can impact your whole life, including how you sleep, your mood, and even how productive you are at work. Taking time to unwind at the end of your day gives you a chance to hit pause and check in with yourself.

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