8 Ways to Curb Food Cravings To Loose Weight Live Healthy

Learn how to curb food cravings to lose weight without trying too hard at gym

Controlling the food craving is an effective way to maintain weight and live a healthy life. If you are struggling to do so then this guide you will help you.

To change or cure something we must first need to understand it. Where do cravings come from? Cravings are the body/minds way of indicating that need is unmet.

The human body is smart. It knows just what it needs to function. In many cases, it can even produce what it needs on its own.

For example, it produces bile and enzymes to help us break down food, synovial fluid to keep our joints lubricated, white blood cells to keep our immune system strong, hormones to keep our moods balanced, anti-inflammatory to keep us ache free and so on.

The body-mind communicates through neuropeptides and cellular communication.The body-mind relationship as an interconnected system. For example, you see a commercial for a warm blueberry muffin and all of a sudden your have a sudden hunger for a blueberry muffin.

You walk past a cafe and smell the coffee and in an instant, you have a strong urge to grab a coffee. You have thought that makes you miss you mom, and now you’re craving creamy macaroni and cheese like the one she used to make.

So many of the things our body wants are initiated in the mind and so many things the mind desires are signaled from a physical cue. Learning to watch your thoughts and listen to your body is the first step in learning to understand and manage cravings.

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Tip #1Listen To Your Body

Just as the body is smart. Food is quick. Whole foods, meaning foods that come from nature like whole grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits and beans contain natural intelligence.

The body, mind, and whole foods speak the same language. They understand what is needed. Where to serve and how to compensate.

By eating whole foods, you tap into an innate intelligence that keeps all systems running. It’s only by interference that the communication gets glitchy, needs are left unmet, and cravings ensue. Imagine talking on your cell phone.

You’re having a pleasant conversation with your partner, telling them exactly what you need from the grocery store, but then the cell service drops and you can’t hear each other anymore. Now your partner is left to his own devices at the store.

There’s a slim chance he’ll guess correctly and get just what you need, but there’s a likelihood that without the specific information he’ll buy the wrong stuff or come home empty handed. Now you are hungry and unsatisfied.

This is what happens when we eat processed, artificial and junk food. We drop the call and break communication. Processed foods have no intelligence. In fact, artificial foods create mass confusion.

Tip #2 Eat Whole Foods

Overfed and Undernourished. Many of us can eat and eat and never feel satisfied. This is because foods that have been processed are stripped and devoid of nutrients. Chemicals and additives found in packaged convenience foods rob our bodies of the nutrients we need.

Eat Whole Foods To Control Food Craving

Eat Whole Foods To Control Food Craving

It’s like going to the bank to withdraw cash but picking up debt instead. You can carry around tons of debt, but that won’t make you richer. You can eat plenty of quick, cheap, easy, tasty food but if it’s nutrient deficient you still won’t feel satisfied. You should replace bad carbohydrates with food.

Tip #3 Move Away From Processed Foods

Portions matter when you’re eating heavy foods like grains, meat, dairy, and sugar. The portion control police back off when you’re eating fresh vegetables and fruits. Over indulgence can stretch your tummy so each time you eat you’ll feel like you need more and more to get full. Much of the processed food contains genetically modified organisms that give rise to the growth of tumors. So, it should be avoided.

Move Away From Processed Foods

Move Away From Processed Foods

But restriction can lead to deprivation and when you get sick and tired of feeling deprived you might swing the other direction and overindulge again. So the happy is the happy medium. Fill your plate with La generous portion of light foods like veggies and beans then add the heavier items like meat or grain as a side item.

Tip #4: When You Eat Healthy, You Can Eat More

Tastes. There are six tastes; sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent. Each flavor satisfies a particular needs a fills a specialized role. We need all six flavors satisfy our taste buds and feel balanced both physically and emotionally.

Sweet, sour and salty are anabolic tastes; meaning they help us build tissues. Pungent, bitter and astringent are catabolic; meaning they assist us in burn and break down what we don’t need. Too much of any one taste can lead to an imbalance; too much building or too much deconstruction.

 When You Eat Healthy, You Can Eat More

When You Eat Healthy, You Can Eat More

Every meal should include all six tastes so that our internal programming receives what it was designed for. Sweet foods include; grains, root vegetables, fruits and dairy. Sour foods include fermented foods, yogurt, citrus and lemon. Salty foods include nuts, seeds, seaweed, seafood, olives, capers and salt. Pungent foods include chili, peppers, onions, garlic, radish and Tabasco.

Bitter foods include; bitter melon, arugula, kale, and coffee. Astringent foods include beans, leafy greens, and herbal teas. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is weighted with sweet, sour and salty and lacks the tastes pungent, bitter and astringent.

You can follow Indian Diet and food recipes for Weight Loss.

Tip #5: Eat All Six Tastes

Cooking with spices helps curb cravings because spices amp up our ability to digest and assimilate nutrients; and as we’ve learned more nutrients equal fewer cravings. Spices also provide a quick and easy way to access a wider variety of tastes.

Take a bowl of rice for example. It’s just sweet. Now add a pinch of ginger, turmeric, salt and black pepper and all of a sudden the same bowl of rice is now sweet, salty, bitter and pungent. A quick dash of spice allowed us to meet four of our six tastes which means we’ll feel way more satisfied.

Eat All Six Tastes

Eat All Six Tastes

You could pair that rice with a cup of beans (astringent) and a cup of hot water with lemon (sour) and bingo; all six tastes are met! Consider a bowl of oatmeal. It’s just sweet. Add a dash of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and salt and serve it with herbal tea.

Again, quick, easy, tasty and you’ve met the requests of each taste bud. Fill your cabinet with ginger, turmeric, cumin, fennel, oregano, thyme, basil, black pepper, Himalayan salt, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Explore, create, savor, enjoy.

Tip #6: Cook With Spices

Emotions. So often we eat out of stress, anxiety, boredom, sorrow, guilt, reward, the list goes on and on. The valid question is, What are we famished for? Acknowledging how you feel and allowing yourself to feel it is enough. Be with it.

Feeling is part of the human experience. Just because something is uncomfortable or unpleasant doesn’t mean it doesn’t have value. Masking it with quick treats or burying it in pastries won’t make it disappear. Sometimes the things that irk us most only irk us until they’re acknowledged.

It’s kind of like being scared of the dark. No one gets rid of darkness by ignoring it or slapping it away. We get rid of darkness by turning on the light. Take a deep breath. Recognize how you feel. Remind yourself that that’s okay. Drink a glass of warm water.

Cook With Spices

Cook With Spices

Step outside. Read or look at something inspiring. Repeat. Take a deep breath. Recognize how you feel. Remind yourself that it’s ok. Move forward from there. If you’re legitimately hungry, eat a sensible meal.

If your ravenous reach was stemming from an emotional state, it has likely softened thanks to your new awareness which means your reach will come from a quiet place of understanding.

If your ravenous reach was stemming from an emotional state, it has likely softened thanks to your new awareness which means your reach will come from a gentle place of understanding.

Tip #7: Acknowledge What You’re Hungry For

Herbs. Ayurveda (Indian Medicine) uses herbs to help curb cravings. Triphala detoxifies the gastrointestinal tract and satisfies five of the six tastes. Take two capsules with hot water before bed. Bitter Melon is a bitter herb that helps control blood sugar, insulin response and detoxifies the liver.

Triphala Churna Powder Cleanse Colon

Triphala Churna Powder Cleanse Colon

Bitter melon has more potassium, beta-carotene, manganese, zinc, folic acid, vitamins C, B1, B2, and B3 than most other fruits and vegetables.Take 2 capsules daily.

Tip #8: Supplement With Herbal Remedies

Date Milk Shake

Ingredients:

a pinch of cinnamon
4-5 whole dates
1 cup almond milk

Instructions:

Put along milk, cinnamon and dates in the automatic blender.
Blend until dates are ground fine.

Rice Pudding

Ingredients:

1 cup water
½ cup basmati rice
4 cups almond milk
One tsp. chopped dates
Two tsp. cashews or pistachios
Three small pieces green cardamom crushed
One tsp. sugar (or to taste)

Directions:

Soak rice in water for 2 hours. Boil almond milk. Add rice and all other ingredients. Boil slowly for 30 minutes or more until the mixture reaches a slightly thick consistency, but you can stir it easily. It will thicken a little more when you let it cool.

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  • Raymond Vasquez

    Helpful healthy tips! Understand what you’re craving for. Now this one’s for me. I’ve been eating a lot and doing no workout since the weekend. Is this a reminder? haha naah, I’m just paranoid, I’m guilty for not working out. haha

    • ha ha…u know what need to be done..hope u ll be successful. thnks for liking it..

  • Priscilla Yeo

    I didn’t know that by satisfying all 6 tastes will help curb hunger!! Thanks for the tips! Will try that out~

    • Its great way to curb the hunger as we have cravings for certain type of tastes when you are going to keep a balance between them it ll be help full.

  • Asti Astii

    I’m on diet, OCD diet. And you know what, I’m sick right now. I have to try some diet method, but none of succeed. This post is good theory on healthy diet.

    • Dieting sometimes creates more problem.Better if you follow a healthy diet plan which will help your body to get al the nutrients.Thanks for linking it.

  • Fernanda Reis

    This is so interesting and very helpful! I try eating healthy but sometimes it is hard… thanks for sharing these tips with us!

  • Fari Wu

    I didn’t know there are six different tastes and that eating them together will help with having a satisfying meal! Such useful tips.

    • Satiating all types tastes is great way to curb food craving.I hope you ll use them.Thanks for liking the tips mentioned.

  • Kelly Chin

    Thanks for the sharing. I am trying to eat clean and eat more whole food instead of those unhealthy processed food.

    • Thanks for liking it.Hope you ll be sucessfull.Try it for 21 days it ll become your habit.

  • Tiffany Yong

    All these are useful tips and reminders whenever we have cravings. But some of the tips above require constant self reminders to do them especially those like cooking with spices as we need to put in effort to prepare them!

    • When you are cooking you can use the.Adding spices has other health benefits too.

  • papaleng

    so very timely. I am into food craving the past few weeks. Adding spices is something I need to try, since I am not into spicy dishes. staying away from processed foods is a must for me.

    • While using spice don’t overuse them.Staying away from processed food is must.

  • ronley

    Awesome tips. I also wonder if drinking plenty of water can cure this food cravings too?

    • Drinking water definitely helps.But i ll suggest to follow all the recommended steps.It ll work wonder if u do them.

    • Kristen Schneider

      Drinking warm water certainly helps. Often times we thinks we’re hungry when we’re actually just thirsty or tired or stressed. It’s advantageous to drink plenty of water so that you don’t misunderstand thirst for hunger. But never drink cold water. Cold water surpasses our digestive fire and constricts our channels.

  • Mazino oyolo Kigho

    Wonder ways to curb food craving but some people wont recommend spice cos it causes body odour for some.

    • Spice never cause body odour.I think this is misconception.In india and china people use spices daily.

  • I think it helps to establish the habit of eating healthy. You are right when you eat health, you can eat more.

    • Yes you are right.it does..if eat healthy then all these problems will automatically solved.Hope this article will be useful.

  • dmhyf

    These are really very interesting and practical tips about food choices. The most important is will power to resist temptation. These tips can help achieve our resolve. – Fred

  • Loudthinkin

    Very informative post! Eating right is so important, the more you know your food the better decision you can take for your body.

    • Thank you for liking.Yes eating right is key to live healthy

  • These are all excellent points and they work. I find that eating whole foods and a mix of sweet and savory dishes are best. Also hydration is very important.

    • thnk u for liking.hope u ll use them.let us know about the result.

  • Kat

    I like tip number 4. I tried not to eat junkfood for 21-days. They say it takes 21 days to for a habit. Now I do not crave sodas and chips anymore. I will go for another 21-day cycle and hopefully curb my appetite for bread, pastries, ice cream and anything sugary. -katrina centeno

    • Yes you are right.Any habit will take 21 days to become part of your life.Katrina you are going good.You ll get the desired results.Let us know after 21 days whether you are successful or not.Start doing to YOGA to take health to the next level.

  • Fernando Ceballos Lachica

    This article spreads like a healthy guide to everyone. I agree with studying first and eating healthy foods to satisfy cravings.

    • Your appreciation made my day.Thanks for stoping by and reading it.Your feedback means a lot.

  • Thanks for liking it.Hope it ll be useful.Share your feedback after using it.

  • Fatemah Sajwani

    this is such a helpful post. Thanks for sharing the great tips with us!

    • Thanks for stopping by and reading it.Hope it ll be useful to you.

  • Khong Elana

    Thanks for sharing. Definitely need this for eat clean.

    • MavCure

      You are most welcome.Thnks for stopping by commenting.Cheers

  • Anjali Kapoor

    I never knew about 6 tastes it’s really amazing to know about them.
    Although it is difficul to control craving but the ways mentioned in article are cool and will surely help to control.

  • Hanisha Bansal

    I am a big foodie and one of my hobby is eating but this gives me problems with my weight sometimes but these tips have given me an insight to eat healthy.

  • Joel Franklin

    Best article for those of you who find to difficult to stick onto diet.

  • Manpreet kaur

    No one wants to have their belly out…everyone wants to be slim trim…we should have these tips preached to become healthy and slim…this article is very useful

  • Samarth Kakkar

    Good equations of combinations of such healthy food habits along with proper gym/exercise schedule would absolutely result in a definitely positive result! Tried and tested!
    People belonging to all categories classified in terms of food intake should have a look at this article to look for the optimum level and of food as well as the kind of food in question.
    This article would surely prove beneficial to all the people aiming at a healthy lifestyle.

  • NIDHI ARYA

    This is really helpful. I had no idea that there has to be a perfect balance in all the six tastes. In fact, I have always over indulged in one or two of the six tastes. Thanks for sharing this post.