Refined carbohydrates are often called empty calories. However, they’re worse than “empty”. They’re comparable to credit cards that create nutritional debt in the body.
Here Are 5 Ways To Bust Your Sweet Cravings:
1. Eat a fibre-rich vegetables: Before eating sweets, enjoy fibre to reduce hunger and cravings. The best food for this is artichoke hearts packed in water or olive oil. They make everything taste sweeter, cleanse the liver and reduce hunger hormones.
2. Enjoy something bitter to reduce sugar cravings: An herbal bitter tincture, such as Gentian root, works great as a wonderful stomach tonic, helping you to assimilate food. It also kills yeast in the body, which is in the background of a lot of cravings.
3. Enjoy something sour: Acetic acid, the active ingredient in vinegar, helps keep food in the stomach for a longer period of time, delaying the release of the hunger hormone ghrelin. Vinegar also improves digestion, and it helps you feel full faster and for a longer period of time.
Acetic acid also helps prevent spikes in blood sugar following a meal and will lower the glycemic index of many foods. Red wine vinegar contains nutrients like the antioxidant resveratrol that have been shown to protect the heart!
In the study by Dr. Östman and team, a dose of approximately 2 tablespoons gave the best results, and blood levels of sugar and insulin remained normalized for at least 45 minutes after women and men ate a meal of vinegar and white bread. If vinegar can help people cope with high glycemic foods like white bread, you can imagine how effective it would be if you ate healthy whole grains!
4. Eat something rich in healthy fat: Avocado contains EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) that increases the hormone CCK (cholecystokinin), which is responsible for creating the feeling of satiation. Feeling full between meals is the greatest weapon against the battle of the bulge. EGCG also stimulates your metabolism by activating thermogenesis, which means your cells are burning energy—including fat!
If you have to cave and eat something sweet, choose the healthiest sweeteners! All of them can help minimize inflammation when eaten in moderation. Recent studies have shown that unrefined sweeteners retain their natural anti-inflammatory antioxidants.
5. Use raw honey: My personal all time favourite sweetener is raw honey. Being unrefined and unpasteurized, it’s the healthiest type of honey to eat. It contains all the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients the bees collected during their forage. It’s a source of vitamins B2 and B6, iron, manganese, amino acids, and enzymes. For thousands of years, honey has been used medicinally, but only recently has scientific research revealed how it helps heal and soothe inflammation.
Taken straight from the comb, honey contains traces of propolis, the antibiotic and anti-fungal glue that bees use to seal the hive and protect it from harmful microorganisms. It’s also high in hydrogen peroxide, a powerful antiseptic. Packed with a punch of anti-inflammatory antioxidants, raw honey can also reduce the damage to colon tissue afflicted by colitis. It’s also a source of allergy-staving quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that prevents histamine release from mast cells.