2 Secrets To Curing Your Sweet Tooth!

Posted on December 9th, 2011 at 4:47 pm by

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Let’s face it, from time to time we crave for foods that clearly are not good for us – high sugar or fatty foods that will elevate our cholesterol and bloodpressure level or give us a temporary surge before a longer lasting crash into lethargy and depression.Free Stock Photo of Dorset Blue Vinny Cheese in High Resolution

GET SUFFICIENT VEGETABLES AND LEAN PROTEIN

There is nothing wrong with having cheat days once in a while but when it starts to become a habit we have to reexamine our diet.  For instance, are you getting enough vegetables?  Vegetables are full of fiber which gives us a feeling of fullness, so if you have a healthy portion at every meal it will reduce cravings for unhealthy foods between meals.  Another thing you need to look at is if you are getting enough lean protein from foods such as fish, chicken, beef and eggs.  A good portion of protein from these sources will reduce appetite between meals.  Having a good portion of vegetables and protein in your diet will also give you sufficient energy and alertness to get you through your day, in contrast, if you are feeling lethargic all the time even after having a meal then that is an indication your meals might not be healthy.

DRINK ADEQUATE WATER

Dehydration can lead to cravings of all kinds, many times we mistake hunger for thirst and this is how we end up overeating.  If you ensure that you are fully hydrated throughout the day then this will reduce cravings.  Adults are recommended to have 8 – 10 glasses of water per day, this will be more for persons who work in hot environments and who are extremely active.  A diet high in sugar and salt will cause your body to retain water and cause you to crave for unhealthy foods, so it is important that you be cognisant of your sugar and salt intake.

CONCLUSION

Having a balanced, healthy meal and drinking adequate water throughout the day is the best way to fight cravings.  If you can’t help it then have some mixed nuts – that’s my favourite healthy snack.  What’s yours?

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