Are you a hopeless carbohydrate addict?
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 gets 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 astonished at what I saw. Of course their was the standard pantry fare, but many other things were lurking in that pantry. No kidding, these were in her pantry.
I asked my mother if she ate these items often. She said, “Yes, I am hungry all the time so I just snack on the things 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 after she’s hungry again, so she eats more snacks.
Eating the fore mentioned types of carbohydrates daily will make anyone hungry and crave food every hour or so. You see, eating these kinds of snacks causes our blood sugar to spike and drop very quickly, triggering our body to crave more food daily. It’s a viscous cycle with no end. This type of cycle not only sets our body up for weight gain but the prospect of diabetes and a whole host health issues.
How to conquer these carb cravings once and for all
By reading this piece I know you are motivated enough to stop these cravings once and for all.
1. Eat three balanced (protein, carbohydrate, fat) meals a day plus two healthy snacks. This stabilizes blood sugar, reduces cravings, turbo charges your metabolism (your body will naturally burn more calories), and helps you with weight loss.
2. Spend some time on your pantry and even your fridge. Pitch all the cookies, crackers, white bread, chips, store bought fruit juices, etc.. These foods don’t have any nutritional value, only empty calories that will no doubt cause you to gain crave more foods and gain weight faster.
3. Eat healthy snacks like protein shakes, nuts, fruit, veggies with dip, etc.. At every snack eat a small portion of protein, carbohydrate and fat. These healthy foods have a positive effect on your body. They give your body vital nutrients, and above all, stop the cravings. You will feel better, and won’t be tired during the day.
4. Drink plenty of water.
5. I know, I sure love drinking a cup of coffee first thing in the morning. If you’re a caffeine addict, meaning 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 convinced gives our bodies a jolt and can make us feel good and even more awake, but after that initial jolt and you “come back down” your body will crave more carbohydrates or caffeine.
6. The ultimate goal is to eat healthy foods, which in turn provide our bodies proper nutrition, which in turn makes us feel better. But this can take time. If you are accustomed to eating junk food, and always craving food, do not worry. Start out slow if you have to. Your body will take time to adjust to a new way of eating. You might even feel lousy for a couple of days or perhaps a week, while your body adjusts to the healthy foods. But in the end, you’ll feel great!