Take control of your cravings
1. Increase Salt Consumption
As weird as this sounds, if your brain is screaming for sugar/carbohydrates, you may be able to “trick’ it by giving it a dose of salt instead of sugary carbs. An easy way of doing this is to eat sunflower seeds. In fact, when you are first transitioning to a low carb diet you may find it helpful to keep a bag around, just in case. This may also help reduce the fatigue, headaches, and other negative symptoms you may be experiencing while your body gets used to this change.
Check out our article on The Top Ten Best Sunflower Seed Flavors!
2. Stock Up On Low Carb Substitutes
Sometimes it is best to replace the “untouchable” food you crave with a healthier version. My favorite junk food snack used to be chocolate covered potato chips. These things were pretty much engineered to be addictive. You get the satisfying, salty crunch of potato chips and the smoothness and creaminess of milk chocolate all in one bite.
Like most junk food, you can go through a surprising amount of chocolate covered potato chips without feeling full at all. That is by design. If you happen to get lost in taste-space and eat the entire 9 oz package of milk chocolate potato chips pictured above, you will have consumed a whopping 138 net carbs and over 100 grams of sugar in one sitting. Yikes! That would be a terrible choice for any diet, let alone a low carb one.
Still, it was hard to give up something so decadent and delicious outright. To get my chocolate-salty-crunchy fix, I found Alive & Radiant’s Chocolate Kale Krunch to be a satisfying substitute.
With only 9 net carbs per serving, this is a much more reasonable option.
Besides providing the flavor and crunch I was seeking, these chips are worlds healthier than any potato chip. The kale is dehydrated instead of fried or baked, so you get the “raw diet” benefits as well. Best of all, the ingredients are all organic! I buy these healthy chips in embarrassing bulk to satisfy my cravings and (sometimes) share with friends, but you can also purchase a single bag here if you are curious and want to give them a try.
If chocolate covered chips weren’t your “thing” then you can still find a variety of low carb alternatives to many of your favorite chips and snacks at www.elowcarbchips.com.
3. Reward Yourself With Something Other Than Food!
Changing your diet and lifestyle can be fairly difficult but is worthwhile in the long run. In the short term, rewarding yourself can help you stay motivated to continue your journey to good health and also may reduce the stressful feelings that cause us to crave sugar and carbs in the first place. This can be something relevant, like a new dress to celebrate reaching your goal weight or a new bamboo food scale. It can also be totally unrelated to your low carb diet, like a new video game or art piece. Big or small, the choice is entirely up to you!