Most of us crave sweet or salty carb-rich food when we are feeling stressed. While will power and the easy availability of carbs has a lot to do with it, it's not the end of the story. You can blunt your cravings for carbs by balancing your blood sugar using the following tips(and no need to duct tape your mouth either):
Eat when you are hungry. If you get up at 5am for work and you are not hungry, don't worry! Many of us, like myself, cannot eat breakfast first thing. If you can, kudos to you! If not, THAT's OK!
Whenever you decide to "break the fast"Breakfast make sure you have healthy fats and protein in there. The addition of fat will keep you satiated and keep your blood sugar level.
So enjoy some bacon, an egg and maybe some veggies in there to make an omelette, if you have time to make it!
Or add in some coconut oil, stevia and heavy cream to a fresh brewed coffee. Make sure to blend it up tho. I just use a little coffee whisk that is battery operated that I got for $9 at walmart. It's small enough to throw in your purse!
As well, once you start incorporating fats into your diet, you may notice you are not hungry an hour or two later. So don't fret if it's noon and it is typically your lunch time but you are not hungry yet. Eat when you're hungry :)
Eat healthy fats. Fats are good for you and your organs. We need fats for healthy thyroid, liver, pancreas, skin, hair and to feel satiated. You CAN have real butter, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, avocado (I make a mean avocado fries with avocado pieces wrapped in bacon slices and bake until bacon is crispy). By adding in an abundance of healthy fats you will notice you will not feel hungry and that is a bonus!!
Eat protein with every meal. Whether it's eggs or leftover dinner meat, or a protein shake, make protein your first pick when your sit down to eat. This will help keep your blood sugar from crashing and calling out for a quick fix.
Water, water, water. Do you have a water bottle? If not – GET ONE! And keep it with you at your desk or in the car. Like nutrients, the body likes to absorb water in manageable amounts throughout the day – not in one huge dump all at once. Sip through the day, especially if you struggle with fatigue that's making you want carbs
Choose healthy carbs. Fruit like apples, berries and pears. These are the lowest fruits on the GI, so they have minimal impact on glucose spiking. Sweet potatoes – having some sweet potato on a carb up day is great! As well all veggies have carbs, some higher than others, so try some celery with a nut butter. If you need a carb fix choose healthy carbs to indulge in - like a piece of dark chocolate.
Try cinnamon. Studies show that this naturally sweet spice can help keep blood sugar stable and this is good news if you crave carbs. Sprinkle some on your breakfast or try it in your cup of coffee.
Just remember, our food patterns come from our emotions. Next time you reach for something to eat, no matter what it is, just ask yourself why you chose that specific item. Jot it down. Do this for a week and you will learn a lot about yourself!
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Certified Holistic Nutrition and Wellbeing Counselor