Congratulations for resisting the chocolate urge!
However, if you are having 5 or 6 small meals a day you probably wouldn't feel the 'slump' or cravings for chocolate. There are also ways to ensure you don't feel the slump at all. Here are some possible causes of the slump and what to do about them:
- Low blood sugar levels. Have the 5 or 6 small meals a day. Ensure all 3 macronutrients are contained in the meal (fat and protein will help to slow down the absorption of the carbs helping you maintain a stable blood glucose level).
- Nutrient deficiencies. Take a multivitamin/ mineral supplement each day.
- Lack of sleep. Find ways to improve your sleeping habits, i.e. make the room darker, make sure you're not too hot when you're sleeping, sleep in a different roon if your partner snores.
I hope this helps Joanna so you can simply eat better and don't have to fight the chocolate urge. Plus, then you can enjoy the chocolate on your 'Treat day' without feeling guilty about it!
Stephen is the part-owner of Body Concepts and Focus On magazine. Stephen has been involved in the health and fitness industry for over 18 years and has a science degree from UWA.