Have you noticed that almost all cravings for unhealthy foods come in the evening or at night?
It’s often said that cravings are caused by low-blood sugar, food addiction, leptin resistance, yin/yang imbalance, hormonal problems, dehydration, and low levels of serotonin.
In my experience, none of these reasons are the cause of food cravings in most people.
80% of the time, food cravings are caused by:
- Under-eating carbohydrates
- Poor planning: you just don’t have enough tasty, healthy meals available at the right time.
- Emotional eating
Let’s take a closer look:
1) Under-eating carbohydrates
The first reason is often overlooked. You’re not eating enough of the foods your body needs to be satisfied and maintain its energy levels.
Many popular diets tell you to fill up on vegetables — which contain virtually no calories. Plenty of vitamins and minerals, but none of the main thing that your body actually needs the most: glucose.
Fat (such as found in nuts and seeds, olive oil, and avocado) is the least satiating type of macronutrient — and every experiment done has proved this.
Eating high-protein food doesn’t give you glucose. That’s why people still crave sugar after eating a high-protein “low-carb” meal. And they eventually carry on bingeing on refined carbs like desserts!
When you give your body plenty of healthy, whole food sources of glucose — as in whole fruit — most cravings miraculously go away.
2) Poor planning
There is an important difference between eating junk food and proper food. Proper food is fresh food. And fresh food spoils quicker.
The food industry has created an era of consumerism through packaged, preserved, emulsified, pasteurized, sterilized, irradiated and chemically altered foods that’s killing us and you need to be aware of it.
In order to succeed eating healthier fresh raw food you need to get better organised.
Always make sure you have ripe bananas or fresh dates available for a healthy snack if you are in a rush; and plan your visit to the greengrocers at least 2 to 3 times a week.
The changes in organizing you need to make are not big deal but you need to re-wire some of your shopping habits.
3) Emotional eating
We usually turn to food for comfort, stress relief, or as a reward.
Sadly, emotional eating doesn’t fix your emotional problems, in fact, it usually makes them worse.
Afterward, not only does the original emotional issue remain, but you also feel guilty for eating appallingly.
The smart thing to do is to fast or stop eating food for a while while you restore your emotional balance. How do you do it?
One convenient method that works for me is to step out of your immediate surroundings for a while.. What does it mean?
Well, If you feel like eating uncontrollably, go shopping for clothes in instead. You don’t need to buy anything though but distracting yourself from your immediate environment would just do the trick. You will soon notice how you forget about food.
You don’t have to be 100% perfect to make my diet work but you need to concentrate your attention on the few changes that will make the biggest difference in your health, rather than trying to change everything at once.
In my program Health For Life I give you “step by step” instructions on how to lose unwanted fat, plan your meals and deal with cravings in the most effective way.
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