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As the festive season gets into its full swing, it seems that sugar is EVERYWHERE.

Never mind the stuff hiding in seemingly healthy foods.

It is easy to overload on the sweet stuff, only to crash in energy and resolve soon after.

Just know, you are not alone, and there are things to do to help pick you up and get you back to feeling better again!

Here are some tips to consider.

Choose low GI, real foods for your next meal
Eating real, whole foods provide the body with a stable source of energy as it recalibrates following the blood glucose roller coaster ride you have just subjected it to.

Eat foods rich in fibre, healthy fats and protein, such as leafy greens and avocado atop some scrambled eggs. For a snack, have an apple with nut butter or hummus with veggie sticks.

Choosing well for breakfast is particularly important for sustaining energy and making better food decisions later in the day, including not reaching for a sugary pick-me-up. We’ve some quick no added sugar breakfast ideas here!

Hydrate
A blood sugar crash can impact mood, concentration and energy. As can dehydration.

Flush the system and keep the brain functioning with plenty of old mate H2O.

Get moving
Moving blood and burning energy through exercise can help ameliorate some of the lethargy felt after a sugar binge.

But remember, exercising after too many Tim Tams does not justify regular sugar sprees – you cannot outrun a bad diet.

Unwind
Did you smash the sugar because you are feeling under the pump? Stress-eating is common and often we reach for sugary foods for a mood boost.

Undertake a stress-relieving activity that suits you, such as a guided meditation (there are heaps of apps that offer this), deep breathing, a stroll, a yoga class or having a cup of tea with a mate who makes you feel good.

Be kind to yourself
A big sugar smash is not you ‘falling off the bandwagon’. A healthy approach to diet and health needn’t be complicated or extreme. Ditch the guilt (the stress around this can be just as damaging as the not-so-great food choice) and make the next food choice a better one!

By Angela Johnson (BHSc Nut. Med)