Leisure, Lifestyle & Wellness
How to conquer those sugar cravings
Take heart. There are a few simple little techniques which can help you tide over those vulnerable moments
 
What can be almost as strong, if not even stronger than hunger pangs, is sugar craving. One goes almost berserk when it strikes and one is willing to throw all dietary discipline out of the window for the sake of those sweet treats. Take heart. There are a few simple little techniques which can help you tide over those vulnerable moments.
 
Basically, excessive sugar cravings are a sign that your body is deficient in trace minerals like zinc, magnesium, chromium and vanadium that are involved in glucose metabolism. Increase the intake of yoghurt, chickpeas, almonds, oatmeal, asparagus, cheese, brewer's yeast, whole grains, mushrooms, soy beans, spinach, oat bran and brown rice to address the root cause of the problem.
 
Also, eat something spicy or with a strong flavour. Strong odours from pepper, butter, lemon or onion will tell your hypothalamus to take fewer sweets for the next few hours. But be on your guard. Don't replace the sweets with too much of meat or butter. That will be a remedy worse than the disease.
 
Inhaling the sweet scent of vanilla also calms down your sugar appetite. Not only smelling the essential oil but also massaging it on your neck and arms lowers the cravings. Mix 25 drops of vanilla oil in about one glass of water and keep ready. Apply liberally whenever cravings strike. It is better to smell like a cake than look like one.
 
Whenever you make tea, add to it a few leaves of Gurmar herb (Gymnema). The phytonutrients present in the herb form a coating on your taste buds so that sugar molecules cannot react with them. The result? Sweet things will taste far less sweet. Incidentally, Gurmar also happens to be a natural cure for diabetes.
 
Most low-fat foods are loaded with sugar. The fear of full fat foods has proven unfounded. All you have to take care of is the total quantity. Do enjoy full-fat granola bars and yoghurt. Your sugar intake will come down automatically. Just don't go overboard on the fats. Remember, there are no bad foods; just bad doses.
 
Another home remedy for addressing your sugar craving is to have a tiny bit of peanut butter. Your urge to have a sweet treat will be gone within minutes. Try it.
 
You will notice that your sugar cravings are the strongest, first immediately after a meal and then about two to three hours after it. While the first category is due to the force of habit, the second is indicative that your blood sugar has gone low. So, make sure that you never skip breakfast or lunch. Do take protein in some form or the other. Have mini meals every three hours.
 
Those who are sleep deprived are more likely to need a sugar fix. Even half an hour of extra sleep will not only make you more energetic but will also lower your sugar dependence. The scientific reason for this is that your brain makes human growth hormone (HGH) whenever you sleep. An increase in its quantity brings about better blood sugar control.
 
We all know that daily brisk walk is good for your heart. Well, it also controls your sugar craze. A 40-minute jog will keep your cravings under check for up to eight hours. Even 20 minutes spent in putting your legs to paces will curb the cravings for two hours. That is called killing two birds with one stone.
 
It is another matter that some of the runners think that running requires sports drinks. What they don't know is that these so-called health drinks are loaded with sugar. May be OK for an endurance athlete, but not for someone who just spends an hour or so on his morning walks.
 

User

Haryana sets up commission to probe licences to Vadra, others
The Haryana government on Thursday announced retired Delhi High Court judge, Justice S.N. Dhingra, would head a one-man commission to probe the grant of licences to Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra's company and other firms for developing commercial properties in Gurgaon's Sector 83.
 
An official spokesman said here that the commission would also probe their subsequent transfer or disposal, allegations of private enrichment, ineligibility of beneficiaries under the rules, and other connected matters.
 
"Issues concerning public importance related to the grant of licenses and alleged illegalities have come to the notice of the state government," the spokesman said.
 
Vadra's company had, after obtaining licence for developing commercial property quickly, had sold off the same land to realty major DLF for a whopping Rs.58 crore, thus making a profit of Rs.43 crore.
 
Official sources said that Vadra and others were allegedly granted favours by the then Congress government in Haryana headed by Bhupinder Singh Hooda in issuing licences to develop commercial properties in Gurgaon's Sector 83.
 
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had pointed out that Vadra's firm, Skylight Hospitality, had not submitted documents on financial adequacy. Despite that, the firm was granted a licence.
 
"The Haryana government has appointed Justice S.N. Dhingra, retired judge of the Delhi High Court, one-man Commission of Inquiry to probe the issues concerning the grant of license(s) for developing commercial colonies by the department of town and country planning, Haryana, to some entities in Sector 83, Gurgaon," the government spokesman said.
 
The commission will submit its report to the state government as soon as possible, but not later than six months from the date of its first sitting, he said.
 
It will probe the circumstances under which licenses were granted, whether the said entities were eligible for grant of licenses as per the applicable laws and rules, whether the transfer of licenses by the original licencee within a short period of time to other entities was violative of laws and rules and whether the TCPD had contemplated the transactions with reference to the loss of revenue to the government.
 
The panel will also recommend "measures to take corrective action to prevent loss of revenue to the public exchequer and also prevention of undue private enrichment at the cost of the public exchequer in such cases in the future".
 
The role of officers in grant of licences will also be looked into. Complaints against the grant of licences and the CAG report findings will form the basis of the inquiry.

User

SC declines farmers plea seeking restoration of their lands
The Supreme Court Thursday declined a batch of petitions by farmers of villages located in Noida, Greater Noida and Noida Extension, neighbouring the national capital, seeking restoration of their lands which were held to be wrongly acquired by NOIDA authority by invoking the urgency clause.
 
A bench headed by Chief Justice H.L.Dattu declined the plea by the farmers who had challenged the Allahabad High Court's October 21, 2011 verdict, which, while quashing the acquisition of land by invoking the urgency clause, had instead of restoring it, enhanced compensation by 64.7 percent.
 
The high court had also directed that the farmers whose lands have been acquired would get 10 percent of developed land in proportion to their acquired land.
 
Since most of the farmers had accepted the compensation, the apex court questioned the farmers plea for the return of their acquired lands even after they had accepted compensation.
 
The court had earlier declined the Noida authority's plea challenging the Allahabad High Court's order enhancing the compensation and giving 10 percent of the acquired land to the farmers after development. 
 
Nearly 100 real estate projects by various developers are coming up on the acquired lands and nearly 1.5 lakh people have registered flats in these projects.

User

We are listening!

Solve the equation and enter in the Captcha field.
  Loading...
Close

To continue


Please
Sign Up or Sign In
with

Email
Close

To continue


Please
Sign Up or Sign In
with

Email

BUY NOW

The Scam
24 Year Of The Scam: The Perennial Bestseller, reads like a Thriller!
Moneylife Magazine
Fiercely independent and pro-consumer information on personal finance
Stockletters in 3 Flavours
Outstanding research that beats mutual funds year after year
MAS: Complete Online Financial Advisory
(Includes Moneylife Magazine and Lion Stockletter)