Well Halloween is almost upon us, and the pressure is on to be both culinary and creative with a pumpkin. Pumpkins are jam packed with vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants and I’ve got a fantastic pumpkin recipe to share with you plus some top tips on carving!

As a healthy weight loss expert one of the topics I get asked about most frequently is sugar. So this week I’m going to share with you, in super simple terms, exactly what the big deal about sugar is.

The Sugar Roller Coaster

When you eat carbohydrate food such as bread, rice, pasta, fruit or vegetables they’re broken down into sugar which enters your bloodstream.

The more refined and processed the carbohydrate food is eg white bread, white rice, cakes or biscuits the quicker the sugar enters your bloodstream.

When sugar enters your bloodstream quickly it causes a rapid rise in the release of insulin and you experience increased energy and a euphoric mood.

However, the rapid rise in insulin then causes your blood sugar levels to crash, and you very quickly feel tired, lethargic and hungry again.

Eating more natural food sources such as wholegrains, fruits and vegetables won’t spike your insulin as much and will keep you feeling fuller for longer.

Make sense?

Oh and my top tip for sugary cravings – peppermint tea! For some of you just the smell of peppermint tea will be enough to curb your sweet cravings.