A Common Problem: Evening Binges and Sugar Cravings

Sugar cravings and evening binges

Evening Binges and Sugar Cravings

The question I get asked most at anewu is “how can I stop my evening sugar cravings and biscuit binges?”

Not an easy question to answer in a short space of time as there can be many reasons for the cravings and binges, but the one thing I always say is this:

Sugar cravings and binges are usually a chemical reaction to unbalanced blood sugars, it has nothing to do with willpower!

  • Do you need coffee or white toast/pastry to get you going in the morning?
  • Do you find that you have an afternoon slump or even drowsiness and need  coffee, chocolate or cigarette?
  • Do you find that 1 biscuit is not enough in the evening?
  • Do you have difficulty losing weight, especially around the middle?
  • Do you suffer from insomnia, despite being tired?
  • Are you prone to unexplained irritability, mood swings, brain fog? 

If you answered yes to any of the above, then your blood sugar balance may well be imbalanced.

The sugar levels in our blood are carefully controlled by insulin, but if we eat too much sweet or refined carbohydrate foods, such as white bread/pasta/chips, the body generates too much insulin. This leaves excess insulin in the blood, which requires further sugar to mop up the excess. This is where the cravings come from.

We cannot have excess sugar in our blood, and neither can we have excess insulin in the blood. So the brain tells us to eat something with a high sugar content to mop up the excess insulin, creating a craving. This is called “The Blood Sugar Roller-coaster”! No amount of willpower will work, as this is pure chemistry at work. You have a need to get rid of the insulin, and the only way is by eating more sugar! The most important thing to take from this post is that if you suffer from excess sugar binges, it is not your fault. It does not mean that you are weak. It simply means that your blood sugars are unbalanced.

People try so hard to stop the cravings by denying themselves food or restricting calories throughout the day, and when they finally eat a meal containing a carbohydrate, the blood sugar spikes. This spike causes excess insulin, resulting in that sweet after dinner craving for sugar to mop up the excess insulin. So, in fact this is a major trigger that will bring on cravings and possible binges.

There are many contributors to blood sugar imbalance.

  • Poor diet choices
  • Nutrient deficiency
  • Excess stress
  • Being overweight
  • Skipping meals
  • High alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • Excess caffeine
  • Sedentary lifestyle

Blood sugars impact on your mood, weight, concentration and ability to deal with stress. To maintain good health, a balanced mood and a healthy weight it is essential to keep your blood sugars balanced. Blood sugar imbalance can also lead to Type II Diabetes.

The process of balancing blood sugars is relatively simple, but it involves looking at your diet and lifestyle to see where changes can be made. Every person is different, and as such each solution is different. At anewu I can make this assessment through a client questionnaire, a 3 day food diary and meeting with you at our initial consultation to get to know you better. We can then structure a set of action steps for you to incorporate into your specific daily life. Incorporating new diet and lifestyle habits is a long term solution, and at anewu I use health coaching and NLP techniques to help you to develop long lasting sustainable action steps to maintain balanced blood sugars.

This strategy of combining nutritional knowledge with coaching and counselling skills ensure a healthier and happier new you. So contact Regina at anewu to arrange your first consultation now, and start your journey to a more balanced life.

Email: regina@anewu.ie / ph 086 3866372 / www.anewu.ie