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10 Best Tips To Curb Your Food Cravings
1. Drink Lemon Water. Start your day off with a cup of warm or room temperature glass of water with a twist of fresh lemon. Although lemon juice is acidic, after we digest it it becomes alkaline. This cleanses, purifies and has an alkalinizing effect on your body. Our bodies function the best when it is in an alkaline state.
2. Eat Breakfast. Having a healthy breakfast will set you up for a better day, less cravings and more fuller and healthy body. Some of my favorite breakfasts are: Oatmeal with raisins, Greek yogurt Quinoa with honey, fruit and almonds, and banana with almond butter.
3. Eat Fruit. 15 minutes before every meal. Studies have shown that you will eat about 190 calories less in each meal. Indulge in the fruits, knowing that they’re giving you natural sugars, vitamins and fiber.
4. Eat small, frequent meals. When you eat small, 4-6 nutritious meals every 3 - 4 hours, you will have peak energy levels. This means eating one serving of food (the size of the average female's palm) that include 50% carbohydrates, about 30% from fats, and approximately 20% from protein sources.
Nutrient-rich foods provide energy for women’s busy lives and help to prevent disease. A healthy daily diet includes:
•At least three 1-ounce servings of whole grains such as whole-grain bread, cereal, pasta, brown rice or oats.
•3 servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy products such as low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt or cheese.
•5 to 6 ounces of protein such as lean meat, chicken, turkey, fish, beans, beans, lentils or peas.
•2 cups of fruit such as apples, blueberries, melon, oranges, bananas and pears.
•2 ½ cups of vegetables such as leafy greens, pumpkin, bell peppers, onions, broccoli, mushrooms and carrots. (Source: American Dietetic Association ). **Although this post is geared for women, check out this site for nutrition requirements for men as well.
5. Get Enough Sleep. Try to get at least 8 hours sleep. Studies have shown that people who didn't
get enough sleep, had a tendency to gain weight.
6. Exercise. When you feel a craving crop up, do some type of exercise. Get your blood flowing and increase the "feel-good "endorphins that cut down on cravings.
7. Drink Herbal Tea. Green tea can help reduce your food cravings. It also provides significant health benefits because it contains polyphenols, a powerful class of antioxidants. Roobios tea has also been shown to curb your appetite.
8. Plan Ahead. Have plenty of nutritious food available, so when you feel a craving, you can reach
for the healthy snacks: apples, bananas with almond butter, almonds, pre-chopped carrots, etc.
9. Food Affects Your Mood. When you don't eat or when you don't eat healthy - your mood changes and we become irritable. This can bring on the urge to crave "comfort" food - so keep healthy snacks with you all the time. My favorites are almonds, apples and bananas (Plus they fit in my purse!).
10. Junk Food, Begone! Get rid of all the junk food in your house. Out of sight, out of mind. When
unhealthy foods aren't in the house, you aren't tempted to eat it.
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