Oooooh for something sweet and fatty and delicious….mmmm….. donuts…..ice cream and hot chocolate sauce……sponge cake dripping in fresh cream….. you know that feeling, that urge? It hits straight between the eyes, becomes all consuming..it’s a a big nasty food craving!
Moving to a healthier lifestyle, incorporating nutritious foods, is so rewarding but sometimes oho so difficult! It does not have to be. The trick to permanently shedding the fat, is ensuring you are satisfied and energised with nutrient rich foods, while consuming fewer calories. (You know that I am not into counting calories but sometimes knowing can be useful!)
There are out there in nutrition world a number of strategies to help you with food cravings. I particularly like this one from Chad Tackett, CPT, Strategies for Killing Food Cravings.
1. Eat your water. Yes, eat. Drinking water is great, and you should
throughout the day, but it doesn’t provide the same level of feeling
satisfied as when you eat foods high in water.
There is a separate mechanism in the brain that controls hunger and
thirst. If the food you eat contains water, it will stay in the stomach
longer while it’s being digested.
PLUS, foods high in water are naturally very low in calories – making
them ideal for fat loss.
Many fruits and vegetables contain 90 – 98 percent water! The
following are some of the most hydrating foods. . .
– Watermelon contains 92% water and electrolytes, such as
calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium – all of which
(positively) influence your metabolism!
– Grapefruit contains only 30 calories and is comprised of 90%
– Cucumbers are 96% water and contain just 14 calories in an
– Cantaloupe is 89% water and contains only 27 calories per
– Strawberries contain just 23 calories per 1/2 cup and are made
up of approximately 92% water. Plus, strawberries rank as the
4th strongest antioxidant-rich fruit!
– Broccoli contains 90% water and anti-cancer nutrients that
help to detoxify the vast number of potential toxins that we
encounter each day. Plus, it’s a great source of fiber!
If releasing weight is your goal, then two pieces of fruit a day is ample. You can fill your plate however with as many veggies, particularly the green water based ones, as your cravings desire!
Be Healthy & Happy