Ever wonder why it is that you just HAVE to eat that entire piece of cake when it’s placed in front of you? Saying it’s addicting may not be that far off.
There’s been increasing evidence showing that certain foods, namely highly processed foods with a lot of fat, salt, or refined carbs, can be as addicting as abusive drugs (cocaine, meth, etc.)! When you eat a lot of these foods, they’re absorbed in the body faster causing a quick spike in blood sugar and dopamine (that hormone that makes you happy). And when you eat more of these foods, the effect wears off; like coffee, after you start drinking it regularly you may notice that it doesn’t give you the same burst of energy like it used to. When this happens, your brain says “hey wait a minute, that didn’t make me as happy this time, better have some more to make me just as happy.” And thus, the vicious cycle begins.
But it isn’t all doom and gloom! You can always break the cycle! MindBodyGreen has 12 ways you can stop the cravings and break the cycle. Here’s a quick peak at what those tips are.
- Eat foods like quinoa, cacao nibs, avocado, and dark leafy greens. These foods are high in magnesium, which, if deficient, can cause sugar cravings
- Eat a teaspoon of extra virgin coconut oil three times a day. This will rev up your metabolism and keep your brain healthy so it won’t keep telling you “I want more sugar!” I like to use it anywhere I would use butter, but have you ever thought of putting it in your coffee?
- Drink your water!! Dehydration is hard for your body to recognize, it’ll often confuse it for hunger (read: food cravings). As a baseline, aim for half your body weight in ounces per day. (So I weigh about 130lbs, so 65 ounces of water per day or a little more than 8 cups). If you don’t like plain water, which can definitely get boring, jazz it up with herbal teas, lemon slices or fruit!