How to Stop Cravings in Their Tracks
I was a bona fide sugar fiend when I was kid. A typical summer day would consist of at least 3 cans of sugary soda, a chocolate bar, and perhaps an especially high sugar candy such as a lollipop in the shape of a diamond ring or a vanilla-lavored edible stick to lick and dip into pure powdered sugar.
Thinking back now, I can’t imagine that I ever ate those things or even enjoyed them as much as I did. Now that I’ve kicked my sugar addition and I’m much wiser and happier, I’d like to tell you what happens behind the scenes in your body when you eat the wrong foods or play “blood sugar” jeopardy by skipping meals and eating a lot of white processed foods.
Skipping meals, then eating foods high in sugar and white processed products, and not adding high-fiber foods to your diet can cause your blood sugar to greatly dip or spike.
Here’s what’s going on: When you skip meals, your blood sugar drops below normal levels – and insufficient blood sugar reads like a “warning” signal to the brain that the body needs fuel, fast. This in turn can trigger wild cravings for foods you really don’t need – like high fat and high sugar treats – if you would have eaten in the first place.
So the most important concept to remember: Don’t skip meals (or breakfast for that matter), and keep an even blood sugar level!
Be a Blood Hound & Never Go Hungry!
Have you ever seen a blood hound on the hunt for a rabbit, nose to the ground, frantically sniffing, moving along and in tune with his own hunger? Well, that’s how seriously you should take your own hunger. Feeling truly hungry – and I don’t mean emotional urges to eat – means that you have a healthy body that comes with a healthy appetite. Here is a list of snacks and foods that your inner “blood hound” should be able to find in your desk at work, in your fridge, counter tops, and lunch bag:
#1 – An Apple a Day
Eat a medium apple, only 74 calories, when you’re on the run to avoid that “starved” hunger that could drive you to the drive-through window.
Studies show that eating high-fiber foods (like apples) slows digestion which means you’ll feel less hungry while keeping blood sugar stable.
#2 – Juicy Foods
Remember what I told you about juicy foods? Think of foods like carrots, melon, and zucchini, as a bonus bonanza because they contain a lot of water to help you stay hydrated – but they are high in fiber to keep you feeling full in between meals, AND they also happen to be a low in calories: one large carrot at 30 calories, one cup of watermelon is 46 calories, one cup of zucchini is 20 calories.