Why do we crave candy at Halloween?


Yes, it is almost Halloween, but are you concerned about your waistline, brain fog and more as a result of this Halloween temptation?
3 reasons we crave: 
  • Carbohydrates are the are preferred from birth. 
  • Carbohydrates stimulate the release of the brains chemical for feeling good- Serotonin. Sugar is a carbohydrate, but carbs come in other forms as well, such as fruits and some limited veggies. 
  • The taste, yes that taste of sugar will release endorphins that create as sense of calm but also a natural high. 
Sooooo there is the natural sugar craving that is then reinforced by the chemical effects that sugar creates within the body, and that is why we are so excited for or addicted to Halloween candy. 

Here are 3 strategies to fight sugar cravings when shopping, or after you decide what you will give the trick-or-treaters, or how about when the bag of candy comes home with the kids after a night of trick-or-treating.

 

  1. Swap the food you are craving for a healthier option. Many people struggle with very specific foods, if it's chocolate, swap the Halloween candy for a dark chocolate treat or even the Chocolate Clarity Bar. You can also try an organic cacao drink with warm coconut/almond milk instead of dairy. If you love coffee, swap sugar in your coffee with liquid stevia and cinnamon. It’s a healthier option and you add some additional flavor! 

  2. Food Combining is important. What if you combine your sugar craving with a healthy protein or fat? One recommendation is to add almond or walnuts to dark chocolate options. This helps because you are swapping a healthier option for your craving, and you are adding protein. This prevents a Sugar Crash! You know the that crash that leaves you hungry and drained. 

  3. Eat regular meals to prevent cravings. When you eat at least 3 meals per day and drink half your body weight in ounces of water, it will curb cravings. Eating consistent balanced meals ensures your body is given the fats, proteins, fats, and helpful carbohydrates it needs to function. This helps to limit the cravings you experience in a day. Bonus Tip: Meet the daily nutrient and protein needs of your body to prevent cravings. We recommend the Crave Detox Bar and if you need more direction, the Crave Detox Lifestyle Program.  Learn more here about Sugar Burning vs. Fat Burning~ Crave Detox Team