Food Cravings - How to Deal with Them
There are several ways to manage food cravings. If you try any of the following methods they may be helpful to you in controlling you cravings. When you are trying these methods, make sure that you paid attention to the diminishing of your symptoms.
The first, and very important concept, is to keep your blood balanced. When your blood sugar is low, the nutritional flow to your brain goes down. You might make more bad decisions due to your brain not getting enough nutritional energy.
Do not skip breakfast. Some people say that "breakfast is the most important meal of the day." You need to have adequate nutrition to meet the challenges of the day. Eat multiple times during the day with healthy snacks like walnuts, cashews or almonds.
Under the direction of a healthcare professional, like an acupuncturist, there are some supplements that may help mitigate the blood sugar imbalance. Chromium and alpha-lipoic acid can help to balance blood sugar.
There are a number of things that you should drop from your diet such as the following: sugar, rice, potatoes, refined foods and ice cream. These cause your blood sugar to spike and later your insulin is flung into the system and then you will have a sugar crash.
A typical high-fat, high sugar diet would help occupy the opiate receptors in your brain and they can cause an addiction.
If you give up sugar, after about two weeks, the sugar cravings will go away.
The next key to controlling your food cravings is to get rid of artificial sweeteners. They are 600% sweeter than table sugar according to the body's perception. They cause more cravings. They fool your brain and the body will not get proper nutrition. They also give your body the "pear shape."
Being on a stress management program is a great idea. Acupuncture can help with stress control.
Anything that stresses you increases your giving in to cravings. Meditation, biofeedback and relaxation can help cut down on negative thinking. Dr. Daniel Amen calls them ANTs (automatic negative thoughts). Try to avoid falling into the trap of automatic negative thoughts.
Be aware of "Food Triggers" as they will fool you and help you to give into your cravings. Know what you're triggers are and plan ahead for them. When you go to the movies, you want to buy a diet soda and popcorn? Instead, you can eat a handful of nuts before going to the movie theater.
Another less obvious problem that contributes to your cravings is food allergies. Sometimes these food allergies are hidden and we are unaware of them. The most common food allergies in order are: dairy products, gluten products (such as wheat products) and corn products.
One of the worst offenders is high fructose corn syrup. Research shows that if you consume gluten when you have an allergy, it will decrease blood flow to the brain.
Supplements can be very helpful.
The Harvard School of Health tells us that low levels of Omega 3 fatty acids are the eighth leading preventable cause of death. The ratio of Omega 3 fatty acids to Omega 6 fatty acids should be 1:1. In some of areas of the USA the ratio is 1:35. These people are really doing serious long term damage with problems such as Type II Diabetes and Hypertension (high blood pressure).
Another useful supplement his vitamin D. Some research implicates vitamin D deficiency in the onset of type II Diabetes. We believe that N-Acetyl Cysteine can help moderate some people’s compulsions. This has been supported by subsequent studies.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.