A lot of people have been asking me what they can do about food cravings, ‘How can I stop food cravings?’, ‘How do I fight food cravings?’.
I have decided the best course of action is to write a short article addressing this matter and give you a few hints and tips to sort this out once and for all.
I have been described before as having an ‘iron will’, the ability to flick a switch between yes and no. I personally feel that anybody can do the same if they are motivated enough.
Is this simply an issue of restricting some things and having others? or is it more a psychological issue?
Many experts claim that when your body is craving something then it must need it , it does kind of make sense.
However, one day I was speaking with this pregnant lady who had a strange craving for chemicals like cleaning products, soaps, detergents etc.
This got me thinking, the body may crave many things but it doesn’t mean it needs them.
A lot of people you ask about this subject will tell you that they feel no motivation whatsoever towards dealing with this matter, however a few simple thought process changes can make a world of difference, let’s change that ‘ I can” attitude into a ‘I can’ way of thinking
Multivitamins – Most cravings are thought to be a sign of nutrient deficiency from our foods. An easy way to put this right is to start taking a multivitamin/mineral supplement. You don’t need a mega dose of this, just a small dose will do the job, quality vitamins and minerals will go a long way to solving most deficiencies.
With the correct amount of nutrients in our system, our body will stop craving.
Fruit And Veg – I’m sure your sick of hearing and reading this thing all the time, but as a health nutritionist and trainer myself I feel it is a duty to drum it into you.
The truth is, hardly any of us get enough fruit and veg in our diets, many of us don’t like a particular type of veg or fruit, but I think this can be changed.
Many people will acquire a taste for a cold one, or a tasty burger from the fast food joint down the street, but why not acquire a taste for something that will benefit you in the long term?
The Use Of Good Fats – Good fats can be hard to come by, but not impossible, it is a good idea to implement foods that give us a good supply of good fats, some of the best are:
Cut Down On Processed Foods – By eating 80%+ of natural foods in our diet and limiting processed foods we are ensuring that we are less effected by neurotoxic additives designed to create drug-like addictions and also create an ‘over-eating ‘ effect.
Limiting these types of foods also makes sure that we reduce the consumption of hydrogenated oils and homogenized fats, eat organic, fresh foods wherever possible.
Limiting Sugar, Alcohol And Refined Carbs – Having foods high in sugar triggers insulin giving unstable blood sugar creating an addictive desire for fatty foods, sugary products and alcohol, It is wise to avoid these food types wherever possible as they quickly store as excess bodyfat.
Refined Salt – It is recommended to have no more than 1500mg of salt a day in your diet, most Americans consume more than 4000mg a day, resulting in over 150,000 deaths every year.
Dining out and fast food restaurants are believed to contribute to over 80% of the national salt intake.
That’s the end of this short guide, I hope you will be able to take these tips on board and use them going forward, this will help you fight and even stop bad food cravings altogether.
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