Trying to kick unhealthy food cravings?
One of the questions I've been getting a lot from readers this month is how to beat food cravings. Whether you're battling a sweet tooth or salty one, what I'm about to tell you are some very small things you can do to keep your blood sugar stable and mind in check making you less prone to over indulging. Curb food cravings for good with these 5 Ways To Reduce Food Cravings.
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Don't understand the power of sleep. There is a strong connection between lack of sleep and what you eat. Not getting enough zzz's increases appetite and stimulates cravings for carbohydrates and fats. This "extra" craving for food is your body's way of telling you it needs more rest. While food may make you feel temporarily alert, the cravings will continue until your body gets the rest it needs. Studies have also shown that over time this leads to weight gain. Consistently getting enough sleep at night keeps cravings in check. So the next time you're considering staying up late think about the consequences it will have on your appetite.
Go For A Walk
Sometimes when you think you're hungry, it's actually an indicator that your body needs more movement or that your mind is bored. Our sit on our butt-all-day society has resulted in everyone moving less. The body is meant to move. This stimulates the mind and gives you more energy.
Movement is a sure way to curb food cravings. The next time you feel cravings kick in, something try going for a walk or to the gym before eating something. A short walk can do wonders for reducing appetite and if you're truly hungry you will be more prone to reaching for something healthy. Can't get out for a walk? Try getting up from your desk and walking a lap around your office building or taking the long way to the bathroom. Any movement is better than no movement and will still do wonders for taming food cravings.
Are your cravings for sugary foods and carbohydrates? Food cravings can often be an indicator that you are not getting enough real food in your diet and those cravings are your body's way of telling you something is missing. Eating more real food means eating enough protein, healthy fats (hummus, almond butter, fish, etc.) and whole grains (vegetables, fruits, oats) with each meal.
It's easy to focus on what you cannot eat when you're trying to combat cravings. Instead focus on what you can add to your diet that will keep you full longer. The key is eating the right balance of these foods to prevent you from craving unhealthy foods. Everyone is different so it's up to you to experiment and discover what the right balance is for you.
Snack On It
Stock up on healthy snacks. We're all tempted to binge on sugary snacks especially late in the afternoon when that one office lady brings in a box of cookies and donuts. Curb the temptation by keeping a handful of healthy, nutrient-packed snacks available like almonds, fruits, granola bars or homemade muffins and bites. Eat those snacks intentionally throughout the day. If you're fueling regularly, you'll be less likely to overdo it on the unhealthy stuff. For more ideas, read ways to snack healthy.
We all know we should drink more water, but don't underestimate the benefits of boosting your H20. If you're cravings sweets, sleepy or have a headache, dehydration may be to blame. More times than not when a food craving strikes, it's an indicator of thirst especially during the winter when tend to drink less. Before eating something drink a full glass of water first then wait 20 minutes to see if you're still hungry.
Speaking of hydration allow me to introduce you to a recent awesome find, Kona* Deep!
Kona* Deep is a deeply refreshing and restoring water with a unique balance of naturally occurring deep ocean electrolytes. This Hawaii-based bottled water company was founded by locals that comes from the ocean. Ocean water is naturally rich in electrolytes due to the fact that it travels the global along the ocean floor collecting electrolytes and minerals on its path. Electrolytes are crucial for hydration and it is believed ocean electrolytes are more quickly and easily absorbed by the body.
Kona* Deep Contains:
- Deep ocean water sourced 3,000 feet off the coast of Kona that's brought to the surface, desalinated, and bottled at the source
- Naturally-occurring electrolytes
- Total dissolved solids (TDS) count of 250
- Natural pH of 6.7, close to the human body's own levels
- Nothing added, nothing artificial
Kona* Deep is for those looking for more from their water and value purity. Kona* Deep is the perfect blend of naturally pure and performance-driven deep ocean water.
Kona* Deep is available in Hawaii and making a debut in Arizona! Kona* Deep can be purchased at Sprouts Farmers Market, AJ's Fine Foods and Basha's locations across Arizona. For those not living in Arizona or Hawaii, Kona* Deep can be purchased on Amazon.