Food Cravings the Reasons We Get Them and How to Control Them

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Food Cravings the Reasons We Get Them and How to Control Them

How To Control Your Food Cravings

We all suffer from food cravings from time to time. It can be a challenge to say no to sweets, desserts and high calories foods. Did you know that food cravings come from the brain? Hunger comes from the stomach and cravings come from the brain. Binge eating comes from millions of years ago when our ancestors would eat whenever possible as much as possible. They would store excess calories so when there was no food available they could survive. Unfortunately today it’s making us sick and fat. Did you know your mood plays a big part in food cravings? You crave high calorie foods such as fats and sugars because it gives you a fast burst of energy. Certain foods make us happy and when you’re struggling with life and become depressed these foods will bring happiness.

How can you control food cravings?

  1. Be ready when that craving strikes. Keep food like fruits, vegetables and nuts close by. Frozen bananas dipped in dark chocolate are a great snack. Throw a few almonds on the chocolate, delicious!
  2. Do something not food related call or text a friend. Go for a walk or listen to some music. Start a new home project. If you have a pet chase it around the house. They’ll love you for it!
  3. Watch out for your blood sugar levels when you’re getting hungry between meals. It usually means your blood sugar is low. Blood sugar highs and lows can cause food cravings. Eating a high carbohydrate which is usually full of sugar and fat is more exciting when your blood sugar is low. Try regulating your blood sugar by eating seeds or nuts every 3-4 hours.
  4. Avoid liquid calories and artificial sweeteners. Drinking fruit juices and sodas are not good for your body. The sodas are filled with chemicals and high fructose corn syrup. Most fruit juices are loaded with sugars and you’re just filling your body with empty calories. At all costs stay away from any diet drinks. The artificial sweeteners in diet drinks fool your body into thinking it’s digesting sugar and it will spike your insulin just like regular sugar. Try water or green tea. If you’re not crazy about water try putting some fresh lemon in your water. Water is essential for the body and greet tea is high in antioxidants.
  5. Eat proteins for breakfast. Healthy proteins such as organic eggs, seeds and raw organic nut butters eaten for breakfast will reduce cravings throughout the day.
  6. Exercise in the morning. There have been some studies that show working out in the morning helps to reduce cravings throughout the day. One of my favorites is working out to music.

Using some or all of these tips can help with controlling your cravings. Give them a try!

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