By Janine Fitzgerald | September 25, 2011
Whether you’re dying for something crunchy, salty, or sweet, I’ve got some of the simplest ways for you to satisfy yourself without sabotaging your waistline. Often times when we are craving something crunchy, it’s because of stress or tension. Eliminate those feelings by snacking on pine nuts, which contain pinolenic acid, a type of fat that triggers the release of appetite-suppressing hormones. Or pick up a pen and write about those emotions. I often encourage my wellness clients to journal, whether it’s just a few sentences a day or several paragraphs once a week; it’s a means of staying in check with our emotions and minimizing tension. Another way to reduce those crunchy cravings and reduce stress is chewing sugar-free gum. According to researchers, chomping on gum lessens tension by 17%!
To turn off a sweet tooth, eat a baked apple with cinnamon to stabilize blood sugar and to keep yourself full for hours. And I’ve just come to find out that the L-glutamine that I have been taking for the last couple of months has another bonus: it helps to stop sugar cravings in as little as five minutes! Most doctors recommend 800 mg. a day. According to Dr. Fred Pescatore, renowned weight management expert, you can also halt that desire for sweets by as little as five minutes of activity. So get up and move that booty!
And what can you do about salt cravings? Often it’s due to mineral deficiencies, so gulp up some mineral water like Perrier, which I just so happen to be drinking right now as I write. And don’t be afraid to experiment with antioxidant-rich herbs and spices (personally, I’m an addict with cayenne and cinnamon!). Speaking of addict, I love lemon juice and various organic vinegars. In fact, anyone that knows me will tell you that I tend to drown my food with the stuff. Normal? No. Good to my palate? Yes!