How to take control of your salty and sweet cravings? When it comes to taking control of your diet, one of the biggest problems is often cravings. Eating healthy is not always easy, but having a plan and making smart choices can help you create the balanced diet your body needs.
It’s incredibly easy to get caught in a cycle of eating too much sugar or salt and feeling the need for more of both. But it is possible to break the cycle, and here are some tips on how.
- Eat more fruit and vegetables.Yes, it sounds overly simplistic but if you eat more vegetables and fruit, you will feel less inclined to eat processed foods which contain hidden sugars. The fibre in these foods will also help you feel full for longer which reduces the desire for extra snacks.
- Start your day with a healthy breakfast. Eating a healthy breakfast can help you avoid overeating later in the day. It also helps keep your blood-sugar levels stable, so you won’t be scrambling for sugary treats at 3pm when your energy starts to lag. Some great breakfast choices include eggs, nut butter on wholegrain toast and Greek yoghurt with berries or nuts and seeds.
- Eat only appropriate portion sizes. If you take a handful of chips when you’re hungry, chances are you’ll eat a lot more than that handful because the rest will be right there in front of you. So measure out an appropriate portion size before snacking — and stick to it!
- Drink more water. When you’re thirsty, your body will try to tell you by sending signals to your brain that it needs water. This can result in craving salty foods as a way to replace the lack of electrolytes in your body. By staying hydrated with water throughout the day, you can help diminish your cravings for salty foods.