What causes carb cravings? Research suggests that a drop in blood sugar stimulates hunger, and it’s natural to turn to foods high in carbs since they are a quick energy source. Or it may have something to do with serotonin, a “feel-good” brain chemical that helps you feel less pain, anxiety, and stress. It boosts your mood by helping you feel more relaxed. Some experts think that people who crave carbs have low serotonin levels. Regardless of the various theories that explain why we crave carbs, we do know that eating carbs raises insulin levels, which then lowers blood sugar. Leading to the craving for more carbs.
Stop craving carbs by following tips:
Eat Protein with Every Meal
Have moderate amounts of protein-rich, low carb foods with each meal. It is known that protein keeps you feeling fuller for longer so you’re less likely to crave sugary, high carb foods. Add some fat to the meal, such as avocado, good oils (olive oil, coconut oil), butter, fatty fish like wild caught salmon, then add some vegetables and you have a great, balanced low carb meal which will provide all the nutrition you need.
Don’t Skip Breakfast (every day)
Again, protein at breakfast time is a must. Eggs, smoked salmon, cheese or bacon are all great choices and you’ll be less likely to get the munchies later on if you eat a decent sized breakfast.
Even if you stop drinking sugary drinks and avoid desserts, it’s important to know where hidden sugars lurk. Foods like ketchup, sauces, salad dressings, crackers and bread often contain a lot of sugars. So check labels, once you get into this habit you’ll soon know what to avoid and your supermarket trip won’t be as time-consuming.
Drink More Water
Next time when you crave something sweet, try drinking 1-2 glasses of water instead. Notice how this reduces the craving altogether. Keep a glass of water next to your bed to help you deal with craving during the night and remember to drink water first thing in the morning when you wake up.
Eat Fermented Vegetables
It may sound strange but next time when you have a sugar craving try eating sauerkraut and see how it will reduce your craving for the carbs
Get Up and Go
When a sugar craving hits, walk away. Take a walk around the block or do something to change the scenery, to take your mind off the food you’re craving.
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