Cravings are a diets worst enemy.
Sometimes you just want to dig in to a juicy burger, or have a pizza while watching a movie on the couch. The problem is that you will probably be regretting it later on. Here are a few of the most common cravings, and what you can use to replace them and still stay on track with your diet!
Ice cream is a classic pitfall for any diet – on movies and in real life! A single serving of vanilla ice cream has about 230 calories. And who stops after a single serving?
Healthy Option: Frozen yogurt has less fat and half the calories. And these days you have an unlimited flavor selection!
These can be an absolute pest, because once you’ve had one, you can’t stop eating them! A small packet of potato chips has more than 150 calories in it, and will only leave you craving more. This can become a big problem when you are watching your favorite show on TV with a big bag of chips and a bowl of dipping sauce!
Healthy Option: Celery or carrot sticks with hummus or pure avocado dip is a great, healthy alternative for TV-watching snacking.
Men might start pointing fingers and saying that women are the ones guilty of scoffing down copious amounts of chocolate to feed their cravings, but we know that these men also secretly snack away on a slab of sweet, chocolaty goodness now and then!
Healthy Option: Dark chocolate. It is simply as a treat. Make sure it has at least 60% cocoa, the more the better! Also try and stick with 1-3 small squares per day.
Air-popped popcorn is actually a great, healthy snack that is very low in calories. But the stuff they make at the movies is very unhealthy as it is popped in unhealthy oil and butter. A large tub of popcorn at the movies can get close to 1000 calories!
Healthy Option: As mentioned above, air-popped popcorn is a fantastic snack. Use natural spices and herbs for flavoring!
We all love some good Italian pizza, but pizza loves adding calories to our diet just as much! A slice of pizza can range from about 250 – 350 calories, and maybe even more depending what you put on it.
Healthy Option: Make your own pizza at home using a whole-wheat base. Add some healthy veggies and a bit of meat, as well as low-fat cheese on top.
Another favorite from Italian decent is rich and creamy pasta. Although some pasta sauces can be quite unhealthy, the biggest problem is that we put it over a big heap of refined white pasta. The carbs in this will send your calorie-count soaring!
Healthy Option: Whole-grain pasta and a vegetable-based sauce.
It can be very difficult to order food at a restaurant and say no to some good old French fries on the side. However, these contain enough calories to form an entire meal on their own!
Healthy Option: Rather behave yourself and take the side salad or fruit if available.
Salted and Roasted Nuts:
It is important to remember that not all nuts are good nuts. Nuts that have been salted and roasted can very easily start piling up the calories. And as with chips, they can be a little bit addictive once you get started.
Healthy Option: Raw almonds, walnuts and pecan nuts are much healthier, but are still quite high in calories so keep track of what you eat!
Coffee itself is very low in calories. The issue comes in when we start adding sugar, full cream milk, cream, and even whipped cream to our morning java! In the end you can be sitting with a mug containing about 400 calories, and won’t even make you feel full!
Healthy Option: The best option is to drink coffee with no milk or sugar. If this is a bit too much for you, opt for non-fat milk or soy milk and still steer clear of the sugar.
3:00 Snack Attack:
If the snack machine always calls to you in the mid-afternoon, you may be experiencing a between-meals drop in blood sugar. Unfortunately, a pack of chocolate chip cookies is just a short-term fix, and a high-calorie one at that.
Healthy Option: Eat snacks that combine a protein with a whole grain, such as reduced-fat cheese on whole-wheat crackers. Healthy snacks can actually ward off food cravings and help you stick to your diet.
You can also take measures to help minimize cravings:
Cravings usually set in between meals as you are starting to become hungry again. Eating small, healthy snacks in between meals can help lessen the cravings. Make sure that your snack is no more than about 200 calories.
Good options are fresh fruit, a hard-boiled egg, or fresh veggies like sugar snap peas.
Go for a Walk
It is common knowledge that you should get enough exercise along with a healthy diet if you want to stay in shape. But what most people don’t know is that a short 10-15 minute walk when you get a craving can help make it go away. Just make sure not to walk past the vending machine!
Although many people are skeptical about low-carb diets and refer to it as a “fad”, studies have actually shown that people who have been on them for 1 – 2 years have far less cravings than they ever had. This includes cravings for sweets and carbs, as well as fatty foods.
The Manna Solution
If you struggle with food cravings, try the Manna Diet. If you have problems with digestive health, like bloating, flatulence, constipation, it is a sign that you need to address digestive health, which can also help to conquer the cravings. The Manna GUT Support can help to reinstate healthy bacteria to the digestive tract, repairing your health from the inside and help to stop cravings in the long run.
By taking the Manna Blood Sugar Support supplement with each meal, it will help to control blood sugar levels, which in turn will curb cravings and help to suppress appetite.