• For some, carbohydrate (carb) foods can stay on your mind 24/7, for others, it is not such an issue.

    We often crave carbs when we are stressed. When eating our delicious carbs, it releases a “happy” chemical in our brain, for example, serotonin, explains WebMD.

    Sweets, bread, most Italian foods, and cool drinks are all guilty pleasures that we do not shy away from and are filled with simple carbs that our bodies process very fast. The publication notes that this boosts our feel-good hormone levels quickly. However, it also causes our sugar levels to spike and drop.

    Blood sugar chart - Ways to beat your carb cravings

    Below are ways to curb your carb cravings, as recommended by WebMD.

    Keep your brain busy.

    Occupy your mind by solving a puzzle or playing a game that needs your concentration. For example, Tetris. Researchers believe that your brain has a limited capacity to juggle competing images.

    Apply mindful eating habits.

    Do you have the tendency of reaching for a packet of chips or a bowl of ice cream, knowing that you are not hungry?

    Instead of doing the above, practice paying attention to what you are eating, savour your food, and focus on the moment. Doing this will help your brain get in sync with your stomach and relay the message that you are full.

    Eat the right kind of carbs.

    Complex carbs found in whole grains and vegetables are your body’s main source of energy. They take some time to digest. Therefore, your blood sugar levels rise slowly, leaving you feeling satisfied longer.

    Drink your H2O.

    Forget your fizzy and energy drinks!

    Usually, when you are hungry, it is likely that you are dehydrated or bored. When your cravings kick in, grab a glass of water – it has no carbs or calories. If you do not like the taste, try sparkling water or add slices of fruit – like lemon or orange – to give it a bit of flavour.

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