8 Ways To Reduce Appetite & Kill Cravings
Do you get food cravings? I sure do. The most common food cravings are sugar, carbohydrates, chocolate, and salt.
I had a monster of a craving last week. I’m mid menstrual cycle right now, and I always without fail crave carbs especially cereal, bread, and crisps.
My cravings go into overdrive especially at this time of year when it’s dark, cold and wintery because my serotonin levels are lower due to the lack of light and heat.
Last week I was at my boyfriends home and scoffed nearly an entire bag of his Tyrells crisps. I sheepishly confessed to him. I tried to redeem myself and bought him another packet. But low and behold I scoffed those too!
And now Christmas is upon us bringing, even more, delicious treats which wreaks havoc with our hormones. But don’t be too hard on yourself it’s the holidays, and there’s nothing wrong with a little indulgence now and then.
But let’s try and limit the damage with my top 8 strategies to balance things out, reduce your appetite and kill cravings in their tracks …
- Try eating healthier alternatives that minimally spike sugar levels e.g. fresh fruits and berries, nuts, non-gluten grains, sweet potatoes, hummus, stevia and coconut nectar. Having better choices on hand to munch on can help distract those cravings until they pass.
- Do not skip meals and let you sugar levels drop as this is a sure way to trigger cravings.
- Dark green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach will also help counter balance We want to flood your system with as many nutrients as possible. Greens drinks such as Lean Greens is a super easy way to do this. Also, the high fibre content in veggies releases energy slowly and so will keep you fuller for longer.
- Stay hydrated.Make sure you’re drinking about half your body weight (lbs) in ounces of water daily. Dehydration makes you feel hungry and dehydrated.
- Sugar will affect your immunity by killing off beneficial bacteria in the gut. Take a strong probiotic with at least 40 billion organisms daily and also try to at least limit sugar intake.
- Increase your intake of protein and healthy fats to keep you nourished, satiated and energised. Your body will be able to run longer and more efficiently with these for fuel rather than sugar that spikes insulin and then quickly brings about a crash.
- Exercise and stay rested.Rather than relying on unhealthy quick fixes to help feel relaxed, go for walks and get into bed earlier in the evening. These habits produce endorphins just like the best tasting chocolate. Exercise will also boost your serotonin levels which will help alleviate any cravings.
- Make meditation and sunshine a daily habit.Taking a few minutes every day to meditate and getting 10–15 minutes a day of sunshine or light therapy will boost your serotonin levels and mood and again take your mind of your cravingsBottom of Form.
Now does this all mean you should say goodbye to chocolate, pizza, and bread? No way! But equally, we do not want cravings running the ship.
So do you get food cravings? What types of food are you prone to? Have you any tips to share on how you overcome them? As always please share in the comments section below. I can’t wait to hear from you.
Many people especially women suffer in silence from cravings so make sure you share this blog with anyone you know needs a little helping hand.
Much love, Alexandra x
PS: Make sure you check out Lean Greens. It’s formulated from the ground up to be easily consumed, even by those with a sensitive pallet. You too can drink this amazing super powder without fear, and experience all the above health benefits for yourself. It contains wheatgrass, barley grass, chlorella, spirulina, spinach, broccoli, carrot, alfalfa, a suite of digestive enzymes, and those vital metabolic ingredients. Not bad ugh?!
Originally published at espressoconverdi.com on December 23, 2015.