When I first read the following list of symptoms in Patrick Holfords wonderful book, Optimum Nutrition of the Mind, I found them scarily familiar and felt for sure that I would finally find a solution to whatever nebulous mental health issue I was suffering from! The symptoms were fatigue, irritability, depression, poor concentration, forgetfulness, crying spells, insomnia and excessive sweating at night. Ugly right?
Turns out that these are all symptoms of hypoglycaemia, where the body does not respond to insulin and blood sugar cannot be regulated normally. We know how this feels in or bodies as we have all been HANGRY!
Sugar is EVERYWHERE in the Standard North American Diet, especially if you are busy and rely heavily on processed foods, and it can be responsible for aggressive behaviour, anxiety, hyperactivity, fatigue and PMS. In one study where detained juvenile offenders were placed on a reduced sugar diet, a 44% reduction in antisocial behaviour was reported. Humans are kinder to each other without sugar!
We have to accept that when we eat a high sugar diet we are not only having a negative effect on our waistlines but also our personal mental health and our everyday behaviour!
I have been making this healthy chocolate chip cookie for years as they are super fast to whip up and lower in sugar than processed store bought cookies. The addition of rolled oats, pumpkin seeds and coconut not only boosts the nutritional content of the cookie but slows down the sugar as it enters the blood stream making this a perfect choice for anyone experiencing the highs and lows of unstable blood sugar levels during their busy day.
- 11/2 cups whole wheat or spelt flour
- 1tsp baking powder
- 1 cup butter
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup unrefined sugar or Sucanat
- 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup coconut chips or desiccated coconut
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup pecans or cranberries
- 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- Heat the oven to 350F
- Put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly to a better
- Drop batter onto a parchment paper covered baking sheet using a tablespoon
- Cook for 12 minutes until just done.
- Leave to cool on the baking sheet.
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