A food craving is an intense yearning for a very specific food which is unfortunately time and again high in sugar and unhealthy fat.
Your blood sugar refers to the concentration of glucose in your blood which is made from the food you eat. Your pancreas produces the hormone insulin to make sure your blood sugar is kept at the correct level. When you consume foods that are high in sugar and refined carbohydrates (white rice, bread, pasta, cereals, etc.), it is broken down into simple sugar which brings about a quick rise in your blood sugar. Insulin is produced by your pancreas to transport the blood sugar to the cells of your body to be used for energy, some of the blood sugar is stored in the liver as glycogen and the rest is stored as fat. If you constantly consume foods high in sugar and refined carbohydrates, your blood sugar will always remain high and your pancreas will keep on producing insulin to bring the levels down. Sooner or later your body doesn’t respond to the insulin anymore and you become insulin resistant which can eventually lead to diabetes. Eating high glycemic foods including foods high in sugar and refined carbohydrates causes a rapid rise in your blood sugar then your blood sugar level falls down. When your blood sugar level falls, there is a tendency for you to want to eat something sweet to bring it back up very quickly, then the cycle repeats itself. A study published in 2013 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition carried out in men aged 18-35 who ate high glycemic foods found that the food caused a rapid rise and then fall in their blood sugar.
When their blood sugar level fell so low, it stimulated the regions of the brain associated with appetite, cravings and rewards (1) The study suggested that a blood sugar imbalance can excite parts of the brain that controls appetite, cravings and rewards causing you to crave more. Another study published in 2013 in the Diabetes Care Journal found that there was a relationship between increased insulin levels and food cravings (2) suggesting that improved insulin levels which can be achieved when your blood sugar is maintained at a proper level, may reduce food cravings so to stop cravings balance blood sugar level.
To stop cravings balance blood sugar level by eating real food, the goal is to keep it simple. Don’t eat carbohydrates on their own, eat your carbohydrates with protein and healthy fat. Lennerz B S, Alsop D C, Holsen L M, Stern E, Rojas R, Ebbeling C B, Goldstein J M, Ludwig D S (2013) Effects of dietary glycemic index on brain regions related to reward and craving in men. Jastreboff A M, Sinha R, Lacadie C, Small D M, Sherwin R S, Potenza M N (2013) Neural correlates of stress- and food cue-induced food craving in obesity: association with insulin levels.
Anne Anyia is a UK based BANT and CNHC qualified and registered Nutritional Therapist and Consultant with a focus on weight loss, weight management, digestive health.
He was instructed to make a pathway for the gnomes, but he thought it needed to be completely covered with gravel so they wouldn’t get their feet dirty.


We have a birdbath, some flowers, some bees, a few frogs, blocks that look like Minecraft, topiaries, buckets, and I ordered the little red toadstools from Etsy because I didn’t want to disappoint our gnome that Troy named Jerry. My 13 year old Type One Diabetic daughter left yesterday with my mother for Europe and they will be gone for 48 days, no big deal. They are staying in Scotland, which is where my younger sister lives, and then they are going to England and France and god knows where else. She had her quarterly diabetes check up a few weeks ago and I asked all the questions about all of the diabetes related things. I spoke with Medtronic earlier this month and we restocked the three month supply of infusion sets and reservoirs for pumping. Even though I had all of the diabetes things, I had absolutely NO idea how much of the diabetes supplies to pack for 48 days.
200 units of insulin every three days + one infusion set and one reservoir every three days + 8 to 10 test strips a day+ hopefully zero units of Glucagon+ one lancet daily + insulin pens and syringes for back up only = ALL OF THE THINGS. And because my paranoia in D major runs deep, I split the supplies three ways between her checked bag, her carry on, and her purse.
I packed the insulin in an $8 insulated bag from IKEA with those frozen gel things and wrapped in a dishtowel.
The great thing about fixing a low glucose level is that it doesn’t matter what foods you eat to get your glucose levels up the 25 grams you need in your blood to stay at peak performance.
Since the foods you eat are going to determine how well you function throughout the day, it’s important to make the right food choices. The time that you eat plays a big part in how well you are going to function throughout the day. Healthy fat supports your brain function and protein supports the production of neurotransmitters which are your brain chemicals and helps with metabolism. We filled it up with top soil and potting soil and used four small plants that I picked up at Home Depot for $3 a piece.
Here’s a photo of the empty packaging because Troy opened all of it to configure the garden layout before I could grab a photo. I had no trouble packing her clothes and shoes, she’s 13, she wears skinny jeans and converse and ironic t-shirts.
She would have probably packed pajama pants, two tank tops, maybe a toothbrush and called it a day. We learned that she shouldn’t take the pump through Xray and to make them inspect it by hand and the doc wrote new scripts for glucagon, test strips, insulin vials, insulin pens, syringes, and lancets so I could fill everything before she left.


They let me know that if something happens and she needs more supplies that they would have to ship them to me and then I could forward them on to Europe. You have enough diabetes supplies for yourself and a few friends, but you might want to pick up some socks because when I got back from dropping you off at the airport I noticed I left them in a neatly folded pile on top of my dresser. You may find that you are able to get a lot done at certain times of the day, but for long stretches of time in between then you can’t seem to accomplish anything.
It is absorbed directly into the blood stream through digestion, and from the blood stream it goes straight to your brain.
The bad news is that not all foods are going to maintain that glucose level for the same amount of time. You don’t want the foods you need to eat for energy to cause weight gain or otherwise damage your health.
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A piece of cake will get your glucose up to productive levels but only for about half an hour. Nuts, seeds, whole grains, dark chocolate, fish, avocados, and blueberries are some of the foods that you should be snacking on to increase your productivity while still keeping healthy. Your productivity can really start to drag if your body needs to eat and you still have an hour to go before lunch. Healthier foods like nuts and oatmeal will release glucose into your bloodstream on a constant basis for a longer period of time, meaning you can be at your best for more of the day.
Don’t let the chocolate fool you—it’s a great way to keep your mind sharp because of it is full of antioxidants and some caffeine to keep you alert. It sounds crazy, but as long as what you stay away from junk food it won’t cause you any harm. Keep in mind that if you decide to add more freeform snacking to your diet, that you cut back on the portions of your main meals.




Blood sugar value in fasting glucose
What glucose numbers mean


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