Healthy Food Tips to
Interpret Sugar Cravings
We all appreciate a few Healthy Food Tips when it comes to SNACKING AND CRAVING.
Do you need a little advice or help for sugar cravings?
Sugar craving is not a problem; rather it is the body’s signal for specific energy nutrients.
We all have food cravings. And these cravings cause us to snack on foods, oftentimes junk foods and may even lead to binging. These habits usually are addictive and are precursors for sickness, disease and obesity.
What is most important is to understand why you crave certain foods and what is going on in your life that may trigger off these cravings.
Sometimes we satisfy our cravings as a reward for having completed an arduous assignment or for having worked extremely long hours and/or days. I believe whatever you crave, means that the body is in need of some specific nutrient(s) from that food. And it is important to observe your behaviors around a craving so that you can modify your diet towards the healthiest food choices to nourish the body.
Healthy Food Tips - SUGAR CRAVINGS
Most people tend to crave sweet foods in the form of simple carbohydrates.
These are usually processed foods, energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods that are high in chemical sugars - and saturated fat - such as refined white breads, pasta, pastries, crackers, processed meats and dairy products, different cheeses, ice cream, candy, sodas, potato and corn chips. Then there are the white and brown sugars, high fructose corn syrup and varying disguised artificial sweeteners.
These are the elements of simple carbohydrate junk foods. The kind that makes you sick. Overconsumption of these foods and sugars can cause you to be hypoglycemic whereby the body is unable to process excessive amounts of sugar.
Throw these foods out of your kitchen and replenish with some healthy sugar substitutes, like maple syrup, brown rice syrup, honey and find snack foods that have these as natural sweeteners. More importantly, increase your consumption of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Some other good sugar substitutes are: sucanat, stevia, date sugar and maple sugar.
Carbohydrates provide the body with most of the energy fuel the body needs for normal functioning. Carbohydrates are critical. Is just that we eat too much of the wrong type – processed simple carbohydrates, devoid of nutrients.
To me a craving for sugar is the body’s way of crying out for energy.
Whole grains and vegetables provide the body with sugars as energy in the form of complex carbohydrates. The body absorbs these sugars at a slow rate. Fruits have sugars as simple carbohydrates. Yet the whole fruit with its fibers slows down the uptake of fruit sugar into the blood stream. This way, fruits are like complex carbohydrates.
Healthy Food Tips - MANAGING SUGAR CRAVINGS
With the advent of the industrial revolution came food technology and science, which is all good for mankind, yet the architects of highly processed junk foods. Do like our forefathers. They could only satisfy their bodily needs for sweet foods by eating whole plant foods such as whole grains, tubers, fruits and vegetables.
Sustain your body’s energies with the sweetness it craves by eating sweet plant-based whole foods.
When you consume whole grains you can remain full for 3-5 hours thereby obtaining long-lasting energy.
And a fruit like an apple, is an excellent snack food to keep you going until mealtime.
Be appreciative of the nutritive and therapeutic values of fruit!
If you are an emotional eater, keep junk foods like potato chips, tortilla chips, dairy ice cream, chocolates and candies out of the house. Have in your home instead stocks of healthy snacks like fruits, crunchy vegetables with dips, and supplies of your favorite nuts – preferably uncooked and unsalted.
Shop at health food stores for sugary and dairy substitutes for ice cream and chocolate. There are some excellent options. And read the nutritional labels carefully!
If you absolutely feel the need for a junk food treat, then at least one day a week purchase a small piece of your favorite treat and enjoy it. Just don't buy any to bring home. Years ago I did that with cheese cake and it worked.
What about snacking and nibbling during television and home movies? Use your supplies of low calorie healthy nutritious snack foods. Plan ahead and prepare your own dips for crunchy vegetables.
To conclude our healthy food tips…
Healthy Food Tips - WHY ARE CRAVINGS ADDICTIVE?
These junk foods are high in calories and devoid of phytochemicals. So you keep fueling the body with simple carbohydrates without key macronutrients, vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Eating too much processed snack foods makes you malnourished. Your cells are being starved and you indulge in your cravings more and more. The body needs nutrients from whole foods for nourishment. Then your craving pangs will naturally dissipate.
Disclaimer: The advice given here is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information for educational purposes only. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified health care provider. All the content of this website is based upon the opinions, experiences and research of Keith F Gittens – Keithos, unless otherwise noted and is not intended as medical advice.
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