Nutrition Expert’s Tips to Control Food Cravings & Create Healthier Eating Habits
We all know that familiar feeling: a mild hunger pang, some discomfort, and the worrying thought of whether to eat or suffer through it. Whether you’re a trained nutritionist like me or starting your first day of dieting, food cravings can seem impossible to resist.
Usually, the answer is a quick bite of something comforting, sweet, fast, and immediately available. It brings about 20 minutes of relief, maybe even a dopamine rush and a temporary high, followed by hunger, stomach cramps, and eventually feelings of sleepiness and a mood slump.
To make it through the rest of the afternoon, we resort to more food or a couple cups of coffee. This type of hunger problem-solving disrupts our focus, leads to overeating at the following meal, and, in the long run, an unhealthy lifestyle.
If you struggle to stop food cravings during the day or before bed, there are several nutrition tips you can follow to regain control over your eating habits and improve your health and well-being
Read on to learn about the best fats, sugars, and snacks to fight cravings and create a healthier, more balanced lifestyle.
Facts About Fats: Which to Embrace and Which to Avoid?
In the 80s and 90s, fats were considered the enemy of everyone and everything. Many health problems, including heart disease, obesity, and skin issues, were blamed on fats.
What was the proposed solution?
Food and beverage companies began to make everything low-fat and replaced fats with sugars, syrups, starches, refined carbs, and preservatives to maintain flavor and shelf life. However, this didn’t work out well; as we now know.
Just like sugar, there are good, healthy fats and bad ones we need to avoid. It’s crucial to our health to consume fats, but the secret is to be mindful of the type of fats you eat and the quantity.
Let’s clear up the good fats from the bad.