If you are trying to include more real food into your diet and cut most harmful and toxic substances – reality is that these addictive substances (any preservatives, sugar, unknown words in ingredient lists etc) can drive cravings and imbalances in your blood sugar.
The following tips might help to minimize your withdrawal symptoms:
- Keep your blood sugar stable. Combine good protein (fish, eggs, poultry, nuts and legumes), good fats (olive oil, olives, nuts, seeds and avocados) and good carbs (beans, vegetables, whole grains and fruit) at each meal to balance your blood sugar.
- Don’t drink your calories.
- Eat a nutritious protein breakfast
- Have small, frequent, fiber-rich meals throughout the day. Eat every 3-4 hours and have some protein with each snack or meal.
- Avoid eating within three hours of bedtime. It drives up insulin before you sleep, which makes you store more belly fat. Belly fat drives cravings through inflammatory and hormonal triggers.
- Manage your stress. Anything stressful can trigger hormones that activate cravings. If you have the urge to eat, ask yourself two questions: “What am I feeling, and what do I need?” Is there something else besides food that will help you get what you need? Adopt a daily stress-management program that includes deep-breathing exercises, meditation and other relaxation techniques.
- Find out if hidden food allergies are triggering your cravings. We often crave the very foods we are allergic to. Getting off them is not easy, but after two to three days without them, you will have renewed energy and relief from cravings and symptoms.
- Get moving. Exercise helps control and regulate your appetite.
- Get 7-8 hours of sleep. Not getting enough sleep drives sugar and carb cravings by affecting your appetite hormones.
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