Food cravings are normal as you adjust to this new way of eating, but you can beat them! Many processed foods contain fat, sugar, and salt for the very purpose of keeping you coming back for more. By laying off these foods for a while, you can break the addiction pattern and no longer crave them.
My favorite ways to kick cravings to the curb:
- Consume one tablespoon of coconut oil (I like putting mine in my smoothies in the morning)!
- Make your own vitamin-infused water using 20 ounces water, half a cup of berries, one tablespoon of fresh grapefruit juice, and mint leaves. Let it sit in your fridge for a few hours. Drink a glass or two. Hydrating is essential for weight loss!
- Mix 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 1 teaspoon raw cacao, a dash of cinnamon, and a stevia packet (I like KAL brand). Serve over ice.
- Keep healthy snacks on hand so you don’t feel deprived:
√ Non-dairy, unsweetened yogurt (like CoYo), sprinkled with raw cacao.
√ Celery sticks or red pepper slices with 2-3 tablespoons of fresh guacamole or hummus.
√ Celery sticks with 2 tablespoons of almond butter, a dash of cinnamon, and raw cacao
√ Low glycemic fruit, such as an apple or 1/2 cup berries
√ Half a grapefruit with shredded coconut and tahini
Getting adequate protein is essential for staving off sugar cravings. I suggest 4 ounces of protein per meal for women and 6 ounces for men. Keep in mind, however, that everybody is different and you should modify based on your own needs. If you are very active and engage in a lot of exercise, for example, you may want to up your protein intake.