Shannon Schafer, B.S., N.E. Certified Nutritionist
Shannon Schafer, BS, NE
Shannon is a certified Nutrition Educator and graduate of Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts in Berkeley, California. She works individually with clients to develop nutrition programs appropriate to their needs. Helping clients find a natural path to well-being and radiance is a strong passion of hers. After overcoming her own health issues by embracing a whole foods diet, she can relate to many client's concerns. Shannon specializes in digestive health, calming allergies, and building the immune system. She is dedicated to helping people look and feel their best!
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Lick the Habit! Reduce sugar cravings.
Most people eat the Standard American Diet (SAD) which is high in processed foods, refined sugars, and caffeine and low in nutrients. This is a draining diet, leaving one feeling tired and depleted. Refined carbohydrates like white bread, white rice, and all white flour products act similar to refined sugar, releasing quickly into the bloodstream. The pancreas reacts by sending insulin. It knocks glucose out of the bloodstream and stores it as fat. This can lead to excess fat and weight gain around your middle. It also can lead to a rollercoaster cravings for sugar and refined carbs. The key to reducing these cravings is to maintain blood sugar levels throughout the day. To stabilize blood sugar levels you must:
Eat a whole foods diet: foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, chemical free.
Great examples of whole foods are organic vegetables and fruits, free-range organic meats, beans or legumes, nuts and seeds, unrefined oils like olive oil and flax oil, and whole grains, like brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, or amaranth.
Eat a variety of whole foods to ensure you get the vitamins/minerals your body needs. Think about what you should eat. I recommend eating from the outer rim of the grocery store which usually stocks fresh foods (produce and meats). The middle of grocery store is typically processed/packaged foods. Whole foods will nourish your body, create satiety, and reduce sugar cravings.