5 Important Suggestions To Overcome Carbohydrate Cravings

5 Essential Tips To Overcome Carbohydrate Cravings

We've all been through this. I am right now! I've gained about half a stone since I was house tied from an injury (a ruptured Achilles tendon that required surgery). As a result, I rejoined the motivational program.

I was on the maintenance schedule until now, but now I have to lose some weight. My goal is to move a good bit of it before spring comes (my absolute favorite time of year, except summer of course!). But since it's getting cold again, I dream of a nice piece of white bread with butter! I'm not in the least impressed with it. I would have been thrown before, but now I know of some simple tips to keep carbohydrate cravings at bay and I'd love to share them with you. Also, remember that at the beginning of your weight loss journey, it will take about three weeks to retrain your taste buds – so be patient! Carbohydrate cravings will subside and you will soon get a grip on them.

How to overcome carbohydrate cravings

1. Find a healthy replacement: You don't want to derail your plan, especially since you've noticed that your clothes are becoming a little looser. All you have to do is find copies of your favorite carbohydrates. My downfall is usually chips on a Friday night.

The replacement?

Sprinkle with red peppers and fry tortilla wraps cut into triangles to make my brain think I'm eating chips. Or 1-2 cups of homemade popcorn with a little Himalayan sea salt can soothe this itch just as well.

Similarly, I love cauliflower rice and some customers swear by cauliflower pizza, or even cauliflower couscous, or those brilliant buffalo flavored snacks that – yes, you guessed it – use cauliflower. The same goes for zucchini spaghetti, which is made with a sprializer. And if you are craving bread, try this brilliant almond bread. If you're the sweet carbohydrate type, try Jodie's banana-based pancakes.

2. Snack wise: It is so important not to miss your snacks in between meals so that you avoid the dreaded bursts of energy that can lead to food cravings and fatigue. Stick to healthy options like a protein bar, some almonds or macadamia nuts, seaweed snacks (available at health food stores), or my favorites – a plain boiled egg or small handful of garlic-filled olives.

Nut butter on an apple or celery stick can also get you out of a carb-hungry situation, as can Greek yogurt with a few dry-roasted almonds and a small handful of berries (or mix it into "frozen yogurt" and make half a banana and pop it in the freezer) .

3. Take out the recipe book: I cannot overestimate the importance of enjoying your food so that you don't feel deprived of yourself. Learning a handful of quick and easy recipes can bring back satisfaction and taste similar to some of the foods you have been missing.

Have you already viewed our recipes online? If not, give it a try – they're delicious, healthy AND conform to our plans created by nutritionist Jodie Wood. I look forward to trying Jodie's shrimp and pineapple Penang curry.

If you prefer to have a book on hand in the kitchen, our Deliciously Healthy recipe book is the place for you. It has many recipes that will make it very easy for you to stick to our weight loss plans (since we did all the work in terms of making assignments for each recipe).

4. The magnesium on: This is a crucial mineral as it helps regulate blood sugar levels. If there is a shortage, you can reach for a muffin or several slices of toast. But not many people know that magnesium is actually one of the most deficient minerals in the world (industrialized agriculture has depleted this mineral, but this can in part be explained by the overuse of medicines that can deplete this mineral, as can stress) and a high-sugar diet – no wonder most of us are then deficient!).

We can increase our magnesium intake by including foods like green leafy vegetables, seaweed, beans, and nuts.

I'm a real fan of bathing with Epsom salts. This is another way of absorbing magnesium (it is absorbed through the skin and into the blood system). Another benefit of magnesium is that it soothes the nervous system, thereby reducing anxiety (and promoting a good night's sleep!) – an all-round winner of a mineral!

5. Try the displacement method: Instead of thinking about trying to eat fewer carbs, instead focus on how to add more vegetables to your plate. Try to experiment with color and add as much color to your plate as you can – green, red, orange, and even purple vegetables not only offer a variety of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, but they naturally increase your fiber intake as well . This increases the level of satiety and can help reduce carbohydrate cravings.

And don't forget the protein! Protein helps keep blood sugar levels up all day and helps you stay full longer. In addition, certain proteins (such as grass-fed beef, asparagus, broccoli and beans) contain the amino acid glutamine, which helps to further stabilize blood sugar levels.

Remember that chronic stress and a lack of good quality sleep lead to carbohydrate cravings. So try to get over it with some meditation and downtime in your journal! Read our tips on meditation here. And maybe reread the point on magnesium (above) as a crucial mineral that could help with both. Also, don't forget to cut caffeine after 2 p.m. and have at least an hour of screen-free time before bed.

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