One really gets inspired by what people around them eat, like your friends, family, and also where you live, like if you live in a hostel, your chances of eating junk food increases.
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When you eat sugar or starches, you get an insulin spike to reduce the sugar in your bloodstream. When you eat a lot of sugar, the insulin spike often overshoots and results in low blood sugar which makes you crazy hungry for more. This is why a slice of pizza makes you hungry for three more slices of pizza.
If you eat less sugar and starch you will want it less, as crazy as that sounds.
It is hard to cut out carbs very quickly without craving them, but you can probably do it in a week. Read up on the South Beach Diet. They have suggestions for starting
Let me give you simpler ways to avoid unhealthy craving
1. Eat high fiber foods
High fiber foods such as multigrain, brown rice, oats, sprouts and even fruits such as apples keep our stomachs full for a longer time. Whenever I eat oats for breakfast I don’t feel hungry for the next 2-3 hours at least, so there is no question of craving anything in that duration.
2. Always have your meals ready
If I have my lunch box with me I will eat it only. But when I forget to bring my lunch box at my workplace I look at the menu options and I can only see unhealthy stuff. And that’s how my craving starts. My personal experience is that if you have your meals with you then you will crave less for other food
There is no direct relation between exercise and craving. But when you exercise you generally try to eat healthy and if you still crave unhealthy you will have stronger willpower to fight that craving as you know in your mind that you are working out daily for last so many days.
4. Drink water
Whenever I crave for something unhealthy to eat, I drink 1 full glass of water. This stops my craving for few minutes and in those few minutes I think about the wrong food choices I was gonna made and usually change my mind (It’s difficult to change your mind when you are hungry hence water helps me)
Apart from these 4 simple ideas to fight unhealthy food craving there is one more trick which I usually perform.
5. Yawn and Stretch
Whenever I have unhealthy food cravings I yawn and stretch my body as done in below image. I also hold the stretch for 5-10 second and within 10 second all my cravings go away and I can start fresh. This could be because of mind diversion but it works best for me
Over the years, carbohydrates have gotten a bad reputation. People often associate them with weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and a variety of other health conditions.
Yes, it’s true that processed foods high in sugar and refined grains typically lack important vitamins and minerals. However, many nutrient-dense, fiber-rich foods can actually be very good for you.
While low-carb diets can be beneficial for some people, there’s no reason to avoid high-carb foods altogether.
Quinoa may look like a grain, but it’s actually a seed. Not only is this powerful little seed high in carbs, but high in fiber and protein as well. Try swapping your favorite rice dish for quinoa or simmer it on the stove for an oatmeal alternative in the morning.
Kidney beans are not just a chili staple; they’re full of vital nutrients as well! And there are so many ways to cook with them. Cooked kidney beans are high in fiber and protein, keeping you full and satisfied all afternoon. They may even be linked to a lower risk of colon disease.
Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Turns out yes! Apples are rich in healthy carbs, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Eating apples can help control blood sugar, reducing your risk for diabetes and heart disease. These are the best apples to snack on.
Sweet potatoes are a staple at our dinner table. They’re delicious, easy to cook and full of vitamins and minerals. They’re also rich in antioxidants, protecting us from a variety of chronic health conditions. Try roasting them in the oven or making your own sweet potato fries.
Blueberries achieved superfood status because they are an antioxidant powerhouse. They guard against chronic diseases and may even improve memory in older adults. Pass the blueberry pancakes, please!
See what other superfoods nutritionists eat every day.
Stop consuming those things altogether. They have an addictive effect on the brain.
Try taking up a low carb plan. You will feel a bit fuzzy for a month and then things will markedly improve for you.