I drove over to my parents home the a few weeks ago for dinner. I arrived early, and asked my mom if I could help her finish preparing dinner. The smell of mom’s pot roast in the oven really got my mouth watering and I couldn’t wait for dinner.
She sent me into the pantry to retrieve a honey, I opened the pantry and was amazed at what I found. Of course their was the normal pantry fare, but many other items were lurking in that cabinet. No kidding, these were in her pantry.
I asked my mom if she ate these things often. She said, “Yes, I’m hungry all the time so I just snack on the stuff all day”. She said she eats three meals a day, but gets hungry so she snacks on crackers, chips, etc., then an hour or so later she’s hungry again, so she eats more snacks.
The carbohydrate frenzy- trigger foods
Eating the fore mentioned types of carbohydrates all day will make anyone hungry and crave food every hour or so. You see, eating these types of snacks causes our blood sugar to spike and fall very rapidly, triggering our body to crave more food daily. It’s a viscous cycle with no end. This sort of cycle not only sets our body up for weight reduction but the possibility of diabetes and a whole host health issues.
How to overcome these carb cravings once and for all
By reading this piece I know you’re motivated enough to stop these cravings for good.
1. Eat three balanced (protein, carbohydrate, fat) meals per day and two healthy snacks.
2. Spend some time in your pantry as well as your refrigerator. Pitch all the biscuits, crackers, white bread, chips, store bought fruit juices, etc.. These foods have no nutritional value, just empty calories that will without doubt allow you to gain crave more foods and gain weight faster.
3. Eat healthy snacks like protein shakes, nuts, fruit, veggies with dip, etc.. At each snack eat a small part of protein, fat and carbohydrate. These healthy foods have a positive impact on your body. They give your body vital nutrients, and most importantly, stop the cravings. You’ll feel better, and won’t be tired during the day.
4. Drink loads of water.
5. Limit your amount of caffeine. If you are a caffeine addict, which means that you drink three cups or more of caffeine a day, try to cut it back to one or two. So far as cravings go, caffeine sure gives our bodies a jolt and can make us feel great and even more alert, but after that initial jolt and you “come back down” your body will crave more caffeine or carbohydrates.
6. The ultimate goal is to eat healthy foods, which in turn give our bodies proper nutrition, which in turn makes us feel better. But this can take time. If you are used to eating junk food, and always craving food, do not worry. Start out slow if you need to. Your body will take time to adjust to a new way of eating. You might even feel bad for a couple of days or perhaps a week, while your body adjusts to the healthy foods. But in the end, you will feel great!