Sometimes the body craves food due to lack of nutrition; however most of the times the cravings have no basis. Most of us crave junk foods and fast foods that are high in fats. Satisfying these cravings can be hazardous to our health and hence they must be avoided.
However when your body has a craving you need to offer it some form of nutrition else it will continue to bother you. I have a few tips and tricks that will help you to satisfy your cravings naturally without eating unhealthy foods.
The first thing you need to do when your body craves food is to drink a few glasses of water. If your body lacks nutrition it will crave food even after you have offered it plenty of water; however if your body is craving empty calories then you must offer it a healthy snack.
You need to note the time your body craves food. If you do not eat at regular intervals then that could the reason for your body craving food. Eating 3 healthy well balanced meals at regular intervals will satisfy these cravings. You must also have healthy snacks in between meals. Snacking on fiber and protein rich foods will help you to curb hunger pangs and food cravings.
Sometimes the body craves food when you are mentally upset. Many people binge on food when they experience high levels of stress or anxiety, when they are depressed or lonely. If this is the case then you need to explore different ways to cope with your emotions.
Starting the day with a healthy breakfast will help you to control hunger pangs and food cravings throughout the day. Avoid drinking coffee in the morning and eat a bowl of fruit or have a fruit juice instead. If you do not have time for breakfast in the morning make an attempt to wake up a few minutes early so that you have time to eat before you start with your daily activities.
Green tea curbs hunger cravings and hence it is beneficial to drink a cup of tea after your meals. The anti oxidants in the tea enable the body to eliminate toxins; this promotes bowel movements and keeps you fit while fighting food cravings at the same time.