Why do we get them and how do we combat them?
Most people are familiar with the 3pm slump and craving for sweet food. Afternoon slumps are completely normal- we can't expect our bodies to go full speed ahead from the moment we wake up to when we go to sleep! But why do we crave sweet food? This is likely because the brain uses carbohydrates for energy. Sweet foods like lollies and sugary drinks contain high GI carbohydrates which are broken down quickly for the brain to use as energy. However, although they provide a quick fix, this energy burst is short lived and often we are back to our groggy tired selves shortly after a sugar rush. So to stop oursleves reaching for high sugar quick-fix foods, what can we do to combat these cravings?