In my office there is a cupboard, sometimes it is the magic closet most unfortunately the horror cabinet. In this cabinet there are tons of Snickers, Ritter Sport chocolate or other tasty things that are too sweet and have way too much sugar. Then there are the moments when I can not make it to lunch or the day just gets too long, is too stressful. We all like to find an excuse why we grab something from the horror cabinet. Unfortunately, you get used to this easy access and at some point it is simply a must. Therefore, I have made up my mind to prepare this weekend some healthy snacks, so my colleagues and I stay away from refined sugars. The Chocolate Pumpkin Pie muffins are sweetened with dates. Dates contain, in contrast to refined sugar, fiber, vitamin C, B, magnesium, iron and tryptophan. Tryptophan, the precursor of serotonin, the good mood hormone which also ensures we are more relaxed. Who would not rather be relaxed then stressed at work? If you have less stress hormones in your body the impulse to reward yourself with sugary things will be much lower.
I’m curious to see how my colleagues react to chocolate pumpkin pie muffins. Hopefully all those nice little snacks will help to make some smarter choices around the office with regard to food. The problem with sugar is, it is something that makes you addictive you can become pretty much a sugar junkie. The body gets used to this condition of too much sugar in your blood. At first, when the body gets sugar, there is the feeling of happiness and you feel more concentrated and active. Unfortunately this feeling does not stay very long, the insulin level falls so rapidly as it has risen. At the same time this also decreases your mood and ability to concentrate, because the brain is still reminiscent of the feeling of happiness through sugar. He will trick you in going for the next candy bar since you will feel like desperately needing it.