Skip the Doughnuts: Top 5 Ways to Beat Cravings
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Cravings are often a sign of imbalance in one’s life. Not enough protein, not enough calories, candida (bad bacteria in the gut), constipation, dehydration, emotional turbulence, and hormonal imbalances can all be the cause of cravings. In order to reduce your cravings significantly, try following the steps below:
5 Meditate/Do Yoga
Meditation can help you connect more fully with a calm state of mind. When you feel calm and connected, you will listen to your body in a more healthful and beneficial way, rather than an anxious, sporadic, and careless way that tends to be the case when we’re stressed and overworked. Take 10 minutes to meditate in the morning before you leave the house and within a few days it will become a habit that you look forward to. Yoga is also beneficial in the same way, connecting you with your body more fully and increasing your awareness of what your body is feeling. Try doing yoga once or twice a week to start, then more as you become habituated to the practice.
4 Take Probiotics
Probiotics are an excellent supplement to increase the good flora in your gut, helping against bad bacteria, bloat, and digestive distress. Eating probiotic-rich foods will help as well. These include no-sugar-added organic yogurt (try coconut milk and almond milk yogurts as well), kefir, rejuvelac, kombucha, and cultured vegetables like sauerkraut. You can buy these or make any of them at home.
3 Reduce Your Sugar Intake
Ironically, the more sugar you eat, the more you will crave. Eating sugar spikes blood sugar, which in turn crashes quickly, signaling urgently for more sugar. Eating less sugar will stabilize your blood sugar levels. Reduce your refined sugar intake first by replacing it with maple syrup, agave nectar, raw honey, and stevia where possible. If you don’t actually feel you need the sugar, don’t have it. Some things don’t need additional sweetness – learn to find the natural sweetness in your food.
2 Eat Enough
Eating enough is very important. Most of the time diets force us to eat a lot less than we actually need for physiological repair and upkeep. If you’re craving large amounts of food irregularly, look into increasing your portion sizes at meals so that you feel satisfied afterwards. Many of us don’t realize how important protein is as well. Though we don’t need large amounts, we do need at least 30 to 50 grams a day, depending on your activity level. Beans, lean meats, greens, and nuts and seeds all have good amounts of protein in them, so include them in your diet daily.
1 Drink Enough Water
Drinking enough water is of utmost importance. We need to drink at least half our weight in water (ounces, not pounds!) every day to keep things running smoothly, more if we’re active. Eating water-rich foods will help, as will drinking herbal teas. Staying hydrated will help your brain relearn that thirst does not equal hunger.