How to Free Yourself from the Most Addictive Foods
|By Petra Trudell, Managing Editor on Monday, January 13, 2014|
|Do you consider yourself addicted to food? If you, there are natural ways to break the
vicious cycle. Read on to learn how to kick your bad eating habits once and for all.||
Would you consider yourself addicted to food? Do you have cravings that can get so out of control they completely derail your diet?
It’s be shown foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt can be highly addictive, triggering reactions within our brains that keep us coming back for more. So, how can you gain back control?
Today we’ll look at these three majorly addictive types of foods and some natural ways to overcome your cravings and their effects on your health.
Addictive Food: Fats
The Solution: “Good Fats” and Green Coffee Bean Extract
Trans fats and saturated fats are found in some of the most craveable foods like French fries, hamburgers and creamy sauces. However, these foods are also high in cholesterol which can lead to weight gain and increase your risk for heart disease, heart attack and stroke.
One way to start changing your preferences is to begin changing out your bad fats for good ones. What is a good fat? Essential fatty acids like omega-3s are considered a good fats. You can find them in foods like avocados, which you can use on a sandwich instead of mayonnaise or in olive oil, which you can cook with instead of butter to roast foods instead of frying. However, these foods can be high in calories, so you still need to eat them sparingly.
Next, try a supplement like green coffee bean extract which helps burn excess fat throughout the entire body. This supplement can be particularly helpful for someone who consumes a high fat diet. Green coffee beans are unroasted, keeping their beneficial compounds intact.The compound within green coffee known to promote weight loss is chlorogenic acid. A supplement with 50 percent or more chlorogenic acid can help you burn the fat to shed the pounds.
Addictive Food: Carbohydrates (Sugars)
The Solution: Fruits, Natural Sweeteners and Chromium Polynicotinate
If you have an insatiable sweet tooth for candy and desserts or if your favorite part of a meal out is the bread basket, you’re probably addicted to carbohydrates, or sugars. These foods can lead lead to weight gain as well as spikes and crashes in the blood sugar.
The first thing you need to do when cutting down on sugars is looking for whole grain options instead. Swap out your white pasta for buckwheat noodles and try brown rice, quinoa or amaranth as a side dish. Lastly, make your sandwiches with sprouted Ezekiel bread. These foods contains more nutrients and fiber, which will fill you up and keep your blood sugar stable. Next, choose nature’s candy as a dessert. Enjoy dried fruit for a snack or some high-protein Greek yogurt with raw honey. You can even have 1 oz of dark chocolate a day for antioxidants.
The supplement you should consider is chromium polynicotinate, which helps keep blood sugar levels stable and reduce cravings for carbohydrates that can negatively impact it. It also assists in insulin production (which helps us digest sugar) and the metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. This supplement is often recommended for individuals with diabetes who need assistance managing their blood sugar.
Addictive Food: Salt
The Solution: Spices, Citrus and CoQ10
Processed and frozen foods are typically high in sodium, which is used as a preservative. There is also a lot of salt in condiments and sauces. Controlling your intake of sodium is important for maintaining proper blood pressure. Consuming excess salt can also cause water retention.
When modifying your diet, try substituting spices instead of salt. Use dried, salt-free spices or spice blends to add flavor to your foods before reaching for the salt. Peppers and chilies also also great flavor. If your meal is prepared and it still seems to be lacking in flavor for you, try squeezing some fresh lemon or lime juice on the top. You’ll also be getting vitamins and antioxidants.
A great supplement for supporting blood pressure is coenzyme Q10 or coQ10. This coenzyme supports a number of functions within the body and is a beneficial antioxidant. Antioxidants protect the cells of the body against the damage of free radicals. This is especially important for heart health and proper circulation of the blood to reduce your risk for heart attack, heart disease and stroke.
It is possible to break free of these addictive foods to reclaim your health and your waistline. Get all the supplements mentioned in this post at eVitamins and more!
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