Is it difficult to stop after eating just one cookie, chocolate, or other sweet? Snacking cravings can be tough to ignore, but with few simple tips, you can stop these urges.
There are several reasons we feel the urge to polish off a bag of chips, or a box of chocolates. Some are physical, others more psychological. Here are a few:
There are many causes of mindless snacking, but there's often a direct connection with our blood sugar level. If this drops sharply, our body sends a signal that it lacks energy, so we feel an urge to supply the cells with sugar, whether we need it or not.
Whenever we eat something that contains carbohydrates such as bread, fruit or chocolate, our blood sugar level rises and the body produces insulin, a hormone that lowers the blood sugar level again. After sweets such as jelly beans or white flour products, blood sugar levels rise quickly and sharply. Due to the subsequent high insulin release, it drops again quickly and deeply a short time later. The body reacts to it with a desire to snack, because such a low blood sugar level is associated with a lack of food.
If low blood sugar causes hunger pangs, the right choice of food can have some influence on them.
For other causes, such as permanent stress, fatigue, or boredom, go to the root of the issue. Comfort food might make us feel better for a little while, but once the sugar high has worn off, we're usually left feeling worse than before. Our stress is still there, and now the extra empty calories we just ate could create even more stress!
Start with little ways to reduce stress. Relaxing throughout the day and getting sufficient sleep can also help to stop munching urges.
If you constantly feel powerless by uncontrolled snacking urges, you might want to seek out professional help from a doctor or a qualified nutritionist. There might be something more serious at play than an inability to resist the dessert tray.
Now that you've read some tips and tricks for healthy snacking, here is our favorite easy snack recipe!
This quick and healthy snack will not only keep you full and feeling the best you can.
a few seconds
dry steel cut oats
Apple, Peanut Butter and Oat Bites
Wash and cut your apple into slices.
Spread peanut butter on each piece and sprinkle oats on top. Enjoy!
Although our desires for unhealthy snacks can be a nuisance, they can be a legitimate signal from our bodies. With a little research into the causes and a few small changes in everyday life, you can make better snacking and food choices.
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