We all have certain foods with crave for, some people even crave for the food alone, regardless which food it is.
When we look at the majority of the foods we are craving for they are all carbohydrate based. Carbohydrates are sugars which do not taste sweet, but we can’t trick the brain, the brain loves these none sweet sugars like nothing else. But it also loves the sugars which do taste sweet. The brain is a sugar junkie, it just cant get enough of the stuff.
The moment blood sugar levels in the body start to drop the brain gets the first signal from the pancreas detecting the reduction of blood sugar level. The brain immediately responds with two signals one to the mouth and it starts preparing the mouth for sugars that will follow shortly, the “water in the mouth” feeling is the most obvious one. The second is send to the eyes and hand, the eyes to look for more sugars, the hands to prepare the food and transport it to the mouth.
It is easy to give in to the signals given by the brain to the body to start looking for more sugars, but it is possible to break the habits, and just not give in. However a strong will power would be part of the solution. Most people do not have this kind of will power and easily give in to the cravings.
The more we feed the habit, the more the blood sugar levels drop and rise, we need to see if we can eliminate these spikes in blood sugar level.
The easiest thing to do, is to eat less sugars (carbohydrates) the second thing to is even easier, eat slowly. Eating slowly does not give the body extreme spikes in blood sugar levels, and gives the body time to adapt. Think about the Italians and the Greeks, every meal they consume takes time, lots of time. The rise and fall of blood sugar levels is slow and the body has all the time to adapt.
The third solution would be to eat protein instead of the sugars, proteins feed the body properly, are high in energy but hardly contain any sugars.
Moderation would be the key word. Think “moderation” when you know that cravings for food are your problem. Rather stay away from that food you are craving for, break the habit. And by doing so, salute yourself once a week, with the food you normally would crave for on a daily basis. This will in the end give more satisfaction then anything else.
To curb the hunger and stop the cravings in the long term, eat more proteins. Proteins are the most nutritious foods in our food chain, not always as easy to find, not always as tasty, but if you have the choice between taste and health; which one will it be?