HOW TO ~ NATURALLY ~ SUPPRESS YOUR APPETITE + CRAVINGS
How many of you are working from home? I’ve finally gotten used to my new schedule of waking up, working out, working, and eating all from the comfort of my home. I’m definitely the type of person to recommend a healthy breakfast and diet but I also love snacking and have to try hard to fight against cravings, especially carbs and sugars. Anyone else? And if you’re wondering how to suppress your appetite (naturally), look no further.
With your pantry and cupboards likely full of food and snacks, it’s tempting to grab the chips and chocolate before an apple or fresh vegetables. Especially since we’re a lot more likely to eat unhealthy foods during a stressful time (I think a global pandemic is worthy of stress), which can wreak havoc on our mindset and success of our day. I hate the feeling of being groggy and tired after ingesting too much sugar. I know I’m not the only one struggling with cravings and eating. I’m sharing my favorite ways to suppress your appetite and curb cravings, but in a healthy and natural way!
I shared a vlog on what I eat during the day, you all loved it! Having full, healthy, protein-dense food is so important to help with your appetite. You won’t be feeling hungry as much throughout the day if you are full from your meals.
Chocolate is an instant stress-reliever and happiness booster, releasing dopamine into your brain when you eat it, and may be something you find yourself reaching for these days. About 80% of women are deficient in magnesium and chocolate is pretty high in the nutrient. However, don’t reach for chocolate anytime you’re feeling stressed as the excess sugar can instantly have a negative effect. However, treat yourself to some chocolate when you need it and try to choose dark chocolate next time you’re out shopping.
Curb Your Craving: Nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits, avocado
Satisfy Your Craving: Trail mix (I love Trader Joe’s mix!), dark (80%+) chocolate
OILY FOODS + CARBS
Fatty foods tend to be comforting, especially after a long day. Like chocolate, oily foods provide an instant energy and boost (which results in a crash later on). Instead of reaching for pizza, onion rings, or french fries – go for some cheese and crackers or vegetables!
Curb Your Craving: Cheese, milk, leafy greens, vegetables, meat, nuts
Satisfy Your Craving: Charcuterie board with salami, nuts, and fruit
We often associate sugar and sweets with a happy moment (think of your birthday, a celebration, dessert after an anniversary meal). Sugar can be comforting, soothing, and provides an instant energy boost. Too much sugar and you can be left with an aching tooth, tired body, and bloated stomach. Sugar in moderation is perfectly fine but try to pay attention to when you crave it. Sometimes, drinking a large glass of water and having an apple will fight this simple craving.
Curb Your Craving: Fresh fruit, chicken, beef, dairy, cranberries, sweet potatoes raisins
Satisfy Your Craving: Apple with chunky peanut butter + large glass of water
When we are stressed, our adrenal glands release cortisol – this can make us craving like crazy for salty foods. A lot of salty foods are high in carbs and sodium, and not healthy for your body. Drinking plenty of water will help curb these cravings and having consistent water intake is something we all need!
Curb Your Craving: Pistachios, chickpeas, lots of water
Satisfy Your Craving: Hippeas, kale chips
What do you crave most during the day?
Linda Purcell says
I certainly need all of the help I can get.
You got this!
Emma Harrel says
Thanks for sharing this, super helpful!
Thanks for reading, Emma!