Many people suffer cravings for sweets – it can occur late at night, during a mid-day slump, or just before your menstrual cycle. The causes of these cravings can vary widely but among them are hormonal imbalances, especially low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) or low serotonin levels, as well as poor eating habits or unbalanced nutrition. Here are a few of my standby tips to prevent cravings in the first place:
- Make sure that you are getting enough protein at each meal – revisit the allowed proteins and your recommended serving sizes in the Nutrition chapter of The Hormone Diet.
- Never miss your afternoon snack. This will help balance your blood sugars so you avoid the “afternoon slump”. You will also achieve greater weight loss if this is your goal.
- Make sure you are not over-doing it on the carbs. Remember you should have only 1 serving of grains or starchy vegetables the size of your fist daily – more than this can contribute to cravings.
- Increase your fiber intake – this will help you to feel full and more satisfied. Add ground flaxseeds or chia seeds to your salads; purchase a fiber supplement like Clear Fiber to add to your smoothies. It is hypoallergenic and easy on your digestive system.
- Improve your sleep and consider a natural sleep aid if necessary. Sleep deprivation is proven to increase cravings for sweets and our appetite in general.
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