I Eat More Snacks When I am Stress
I have this craving for snacks and emotional sugar eating issue since young, as though I put pleasure on these and crave for it when I am stressed, when things doesn’t go the way as I wish, or something to worry on. I would just reach out for sugar to chew on.
Thanks to Veganism! This allows me to cut out from my main craving – chocolate, as vegan practises no-meat-no-eggs-no-dairy. Yay!
Simple Steps When You Have Snacks Craving
So here are simple steps I take when these cravings stimuli hit me. Before we talk about the replacement of healthy snacks, I deem we should do these first. Easy steps to take. =)
Drink a large glass of water first and wait for a few minutes.
Why? Because we might be thirsty, our hypothalamus regulates hunger and thirst, sometimes it will mix up signals for something to eat. Very often when you feel “hungry” it’s your bodies way of telling you to drink more. Water keeps your stomach full, best and easiest way for cravings!
Sip on some peppermint tea.
Studies says people who sniff peppermint every two hours could lose a monthly average of five pounds! Just the sense of peppermint is enough to suppress some people’s appetite and cravings, such great news isn’t? Peppermint please.
Meditation 5-10 minutes.
Especially when we are stressed, our body would triggers our flight-or-fight mode which helps us during life-threatening moments. a heap of glucocorticoid hormones are released during these moments and to be remained in the blood stream which its job is to replenish our energy. So, it increases our cravings for sugar and a part of the brain will get activated when our attention is elsewhere. With meditation which brings our focus and attention back to the present moment, research shown it will help in reducing the brain activity in this area.
This is more of a long term solution where people who meditate will have a higher ability to direct attention and behaviour, to suppress inappropriate sudden responses, and to easily adapt to changes of expectation.
Drink decaf coffee.
A huge grin for coffee lover. Do you know that caffeine triggers cravings for sweet food? But in overall research shows that coffee helps release more of peptide YY (PYY) which is a hormone produced in gut to make us feel full.
Decaf is short for decaffeinated coffee. It is coffee from coffee beans that have had at least 97% of their caffeine removed. Studies shown to reduce hunger and actually beats regular coffee and caffeine as an appetite suppressant. Decaf coffee may produce highest reduction in hunger which will feel full up to three hours after drinking.
Drink apply cider vinegar throughout your day (before or during your meals).
Apple cider vinegar is the vinegar derived from an apple, it has many proven health benefits and is used for many different home remedies. It serves as a natural appetite suppressor and helps detox the body. Earth Clinic, a website with a collection of natural remedies, claims “Apple cider vinegar not only reduces one’s craving for sugar, but it also helps regulate and control blood glucose levels.”
Something to take note of is that vinegar is acidic, so do rinse your mouth out after consuming it to protect your teeth.
I also understand more about the meaning of different food cravings, you may visit here for more explanation: 8 Common Food Cravings: What Your Body is Actually Trying to Tell You.
Up next, we will be exploring healthy home made easy snacks or finger food! Hope this helps!