How To Curb Carb Cravings
Most of us crave sweet or salty carb-rich food when we are feeling stressed and most of us would like to seriously curb our carb cravings. While willpower and the easy availability of carbs have a lot to do with it, it’s not the end of the story. You can blunt your cravings for carbs by balancing your blood sugar, which is key to controlling cravings, using the following tips:
1. Eat at least 3 meals per day
These meals should be enjoyed at fairly regular intervals each day. Wether you have snacks in addition to your meals is a very individualized concern and is based on your personal hormone balance. The person dealing with adrenal depletion will follow a very different protocol from the person wanting to reduce excess weight, but generally speaking enjoy breakfast within 30 minutes to 1 hour after rising which includes protein, lunch 3 to 4 hours later, and dinner 3 to 4 hours after that. Maintaining regularity with meal times keeps you from randomly grazing, binge eating due to low blood sugar from a prolonged fast, and it’s less stressful to have a routine!
2. Eat breakfast everyday
The ideal time to break your overnight fast is within 30 minutes to one hour of rising. Eating protein, fat and carbs at your first meal sets up your metabolism for the rest of the day. Numerous studies of show that breakfast eaters not only have higher intakes of key nutrients, they are also less likely to be facing weight problems in middle age and beyond.
3. Eat all food groups
No one-food group is banned. A balanced intake of healthy fats, carbs, and protein are the optimal way to nourish your body.
4. Eat protein with every meal
Whether it’s eggs or leftover dinner meat, or a protein shake, make protein your first pick when your sit down to eat. This will help keep your blood sugar from crashing and calling out for a quick fix.
5. Water, water, water
Do you have a water bottle? If not – GET ONE! And keep it with you at your desk or in the car. Like nutrients, the body likes to absorb water in manageable amounts throughout the day – not in one huge quantity all at once. Sip through the day, especially if you struggle with fatigue that’s making you want carbs. This combined with all the healthy, whole food choices will contribute to more glowing skin as well.
6. Choose healthy carbs
Low glycemic fruit like apples, pears and berries, sweet potatoes, large flake oats and quinoa are just a few of the many healthy carbs that release more slowly than carbs with white flour or sugar. If you need a carb fix, choose healthy carb to indulge in.
7. Try cinnamon
Studies show that this naturally sweet spice can help keep blood sugar stable and this is good news if you crave carbs. Sprinkle some on your breakfast or try it in your cup of coffee.
8. Eat protein and fat to reduce your carb cravings.
Try it- you’ll be amazed at the difference eating healthy fats like olive and coconut oil, butter, avocado and fatty fish like salmon can make to your sense of satiety. Add to that healthy protein like pastured eggs and meat and you will feel well nourished and free of carbohydrate cravings.