The last few months of the year usher in my favorite season. Time for the soft descend of autumn leaves coloring our paths with crimson and gold. Anticipation for the warm glow of a fireplace as the chill sets in. And Nature readies Herself for the long sleep of winter, while we earthlings fill our calendars with holiday parties, family gatherings, and any excuse to drink, eat, then drink and eat some more.
We all say that we shouldn't indulge so recklessly, but ultimately succumb to party-spirit peer pressure and gorge on one last slice of pumpkin meringue chocolate gooey fudge caramel frosted cupcake too many. And how about all that left over candy from Halloween?
Ah, the guilt and remorse the next morning when your tummy is bloated and your favorite pair of jeans are digging into your bulge! Help! How can we win the battle against the sugar-binging demon, and stay away from those waistline-expanding, glucose-filled, nutrient-deprived sweet temptations this year?
Drum roll. Applause. And three cheers for sauerkraut! Yes, it's our super fermented food to the rescue once again. And not only sauerkraut, but other lacto-fermented favorites, such as Real Pickles, can help to block out sugar's incessant siren call, and steer you safely away from the diabetes-causing Sugar Demon.
Before I explain how and why cultured veggies will slay the Sugar Demon, I want to give you three quick tips for when you need to stop the cravings right away:
So, as Halloween, Thanksgiving, and all those holiday parties are coming your way, prepare
to repel the Sugar Demon and take control with lacto-fermented superfoods. You can do it!
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Kessler, Chris. Do Gut Microbes Control Your Food Cravings? July 5, 2016
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