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 mother 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 to the pantry to retrieve some honey, I opened the pantry and was amazed at what I saw. Of course their was the normal pantry fare, but many other things were lurking in that cabinet. Here were a few: crackers, cookies, potato chips, tortilla chips, oatmeal crème pies, white bread, sun chips, frosted corn flake cereal, pop tarts, and popcorn. No kidding, these were in her pantry.
I asked my mother if she ate these things often. She said, “Yes, I’m hungry all the time so I just snack on the stuff 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 later she is hungry again, so she eats more snacks.
The carbohydrate frenzy- trigger foods
Eating the fore mentioned types of carbohydrates all day will make anyone hungry and crave food every hour or so. You see, eating these types of snacks causes our blood sugar to spike and drop very rapidly, triggering our body to crave more food all day long. This type of cycle not only sets our body up for weight reduction but the prospect of diabetes and a whole host health problems.
The Way to overcome these carb cravings once and for all
By reading this article I know you are motivated enough to stop these cravings once and for all.
1. Eat three balanced (protein, carbohydrate, fat) meals a day and 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 as well as your fridge. Pitch all the biscuits, crackers, white bread, chips, store bought fruit juices, etc.. These foods have no nutritional value, just empty calories which 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 part of protein, carbohydrate and fat. These healthy foods have a positive impact on your body. They give your body vital nutrients, and above all, stop the cravings. You’ll 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 are 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 sure gives our bodies a jolt and will make us feel great and even more awake, but after that initial jolt and you “come back down” your body will crave more caffeine or carbohydrates.
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 used to eating junk food, and always craving food, do not worry. Start out slow if you need to. Your body will take time to adjust to a new way of eating. You may even feel bad for a couple of days or perhaps a week, while your body adjusts to the healthful foods. But in the end, you’ll feel great!