Are you struggling with constant hunger pangs? There are few people who can resist the temptation of giving in to their cravings. If you’ve had enough of making New Year’s Resolutions you know you can’t keep, then you might be ready to declare freedom from food addiction. With that said, here are 10 ways to kick those cravings to the curb.
#1 Admit your addiction
If you constantly snack when you’re stressed, anxious or while watching Netflix, then it’s time to admit you’re a comfort eater. Many people like to snack while watching their favourite shows, but if you’re snacking on junk, you’re only doing yourself an injustice. Here’s a thought, when you’re stressed, anxious or watching your favourite show, use your hands to knit, work out with arm weights, or if all else fails, chew gum.
#2 Avoid Pinterest
If you’re hooked on looking at all those delicious recipes floating around on Pinterest, stop immediately. The mere sight of a delicious lasagne baked with a mouth-watering white sauce or a double baked cheesecake dripping in caramel can set off some serious cravings. We’ve all been there, so if you must, give Pinterest a rest until you get yourself together.
#3 Kick-start your day with a power-breakfast
They say you should eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper, and they are right. When you sleep at night, your body uses up all your energy by repairing and renewing cells. By the time you wake up in the morning, your body desperately needs the energy to kick-start your metabolism, and when you don’t feed your body the right fuel in the morning, your metabolism slows down throughout the day, giving you a cocktail of unhealthy cravings.
#4 Don’t confuse dehydration with hunger
Your body warns you when you have no energy, it lets you know when you are unwell, and it tells you when you need water. Interestingly, most people confuse dehydration with hunger, so whenever you get a craving for something sweet or savoury, drink at least half a litre of water and wait 10 minutes. Not only will water reduce hunger pangs, but it will also speed up the metabolism.
#5 Eat live, high fibre sun-foods
If you’re one of those people who live on takeaways, you’re setting your body up for disaster. Packed with a cocktail of chemical ingredients designed to keep you full for an hour or two and then leave you hanging for more, processed foods can reduce your lifespan. Also referred to as the Eden Diet, sun foods are foods such as vegetables, salad leaves, nuts and seeds, alkaline fruits, legumes, and anything man has not altered. Containing high amounts of nutrients, minerals and fibre, natural sun foods not only helps to curb the appetite, but it also detoxes the colon, reduces high blood pressure, and increases energy levels.
#6 Get your body moving for at least 30 minutes a day
Want to escape a hungry tummy screaming for junk, then you need to exercise. By the time you’ve finished, you won’t be hungry, but thirsty. Also, you will experience a ‘feel good hormone’ called serotonin, which your brain releases when you exercise, so expect to feel happy and high.
#7 Juice, juice and more juice
Everyone’s talking about the power of juicing greens and alkaline fruits. If you have not juiced, then start immediately. Juicing is incredible – not only does it feed your body with all the right minerals and nutrients, but it also controls your appetite, keeping you thin and trim.
#8 Power up with protein
It’s a known fact that protein keeps you fuller than carbohydrates. When you make protein about 40% of your total daily intake – not only will it help you sustain high energy levels all day long, but it will also control your appetite. If you’re a vegetarian, turn to quinoa, chickpeas, butter beans, soy, veg protein, lentils and toasted seeds. If you’re a meat eater, keep chicken legs and biltong at home and at work, they always fill the gap.
#9 Set goals and reward yourself
Just like weight loss or addiction, you must give yourself time to adapt, but when you meet your goals, reward yourself with new shoes, a massage or a pedicure. Reward yourself with anything but food!
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