DIET….I don’t like the word. To me, diet is a temporary thing. It is the get rich quick scheme of nutrition that may allow you to drop a few pounds now and again, but in the long run you end up gaining it all back or even more.
In November, I participated in a Cleanse Challenge, that encouraged me to eat a Keto lifestyle for a month. I was already gluten free (thanks to my third pregnancy and Celiac disease), so cutting carbohydrates out wasn’t too far of stretch. In fact, it seemed that because I was eating no gluten, I replaced those foods and those cravings with sugar (equally as bad!). The idea of a Keto diet is to get into a state of ketosis by eliminating carbs and sugars. When the month long challenge was over, I felt I wasn’t ready to give up the diet, instead I turned it into a journey; a lifestyle.
Getting into Ketosis is easy. After following a Keto diet and avoiding all sugars, I began feeling fantastic. My weight dropped, my energy level went up and my mood dramatically improved. There was only one challenge: CRAVINGS. TV, billboards, holidays and habits left me with nasty cravings. Everywhere I looked, I seemed to be tempted by sugar, unhealthy foods. Luckily, after a little research I learned there are many ways you can naturally kill your cravings.
- Nuts – Nuts are rich in fiber, protein and omega 3 fats. This help to help stabilize your blood sugar, make you feel fuller faster and hydrate your skin cells! A small handful of your favourite nuts can help overcome your craving quickly and easily (and may even solve it if it is a salty craving!)
- Up your Magnesium In take – Many people don’t know, but when you are suffering from a sugar or salty craving, it is more likely a deficiency in minerals. One of the biggest culprits is Magnesium. Magnesium is important in nerve transmission, muscle contraction, blood clotting, energy production, and nutrient metabolism. You can easily increase your magnesium intake by indulging in foods such as green leafy vegetables, beans or nuts. If your cravings are hitting hard, try MagPop! This fizzy drink from Orange Naturals is jammed packed with magnesium, vitamin C and electrolytes!
- Drink More Water – Many people mistake their body’s need for hydration as a food craving. Instead of reaching for the nearest candy bar or bag of chips, try drink a glass or two of water. Not only will it fill your belly, but it will also hydrate your body.
The foods we crave most often cause adverse physical reactions in the body–like sugar for a diabetic, or wheat for someone with Celiac– and simply shouldn’t be indulged. Instead, search out why you are experiencing the craving (i.e. you saw an ad, you are feeling blue, etc.) and how you can help your body fight it off. After awhile, the cravings will change from unwanted foods to healthy foods!
How do you fight cravings when they sneak up on you?