Food cravings — we all have that at one time or another especially when you’re pregnant. They are difficult to deal with especially if you want to lose wait or control your food intake.
Food that are rich in carbs and fats is the worst enemy of people who follow a strict diet.
Your intense and seemingly uncontrollable desire to eat a specific food, or also known as ‘hedonic hunger’ is one of the major reason a lot of people gain weight or maintain a healthy muscle-to-fat ratio.
Hedonic hunger is a condition experienced by many. It is the main reason the gateway to unhealthy eating habits.
This is a major roadblock to a healthy lifestyle. You can workout all you want but if you always give in to hedonic hunger, you won’t reach your health an fitness goals.
With varying levels of will power, mind tricks, and motivational techniques — one can suppress these cravings. But in this article, let’s take a look at Spinach and how it can help dealing with Hedonic Hunger.
Spinach As A Superfood
Spinach is a green leaf loaded with tons of nutrients important for your body specially for your skin, hair, and bones. It also provides special compounds which can protect you against cancer, heart diseases, diabetes, neurodegenerative conditions and obesity.
It is very affordable — and ‘durable’, reason why it is largely available in the market because it can survive throughout the year including winter.
Spinach has been used in various cuisines, worlwide. It is very easy to prepare and can be eaten either raw or cooked. Raw spinach is usually included in many salads, or as a side dish. Cooked or sauteed spinach is used in several recipes for soups, stews and casseroles.
Spinach Against Unhealthy Food Cravings
Spinach extract is not new in the market. It is commonly prepared at home to start your day in a healthy way.
Besides that, spinach extract has been found effective to consume in a daily basis to beat your urge to eat unhealthy food which can wreck your diet. How?
Spinach extract has compounds which helps delay digestion of fats. In effect, you system will not lessen the production of hormones which heightens your appetite. Most hunger hormones – leptin (from fat cells) and ghrelin (stimulated and released mainly by the stomach) are determined to increase your food intake and deposit more fats.
In addition, spinach extract holds thylakoids from its leaf membranes. These compounds were found to be effective in suppressing hedonic hunger.
Taking spinach extract in the morning before breakfast reduces cravings and keeps you feeling full — preventing the longing for desserts as it slows down the digestion process.
That means, you can stay with your diet for longterm and continue to be healthy and fit.
Other remedies you can consider for controlling cravings are…
- Increase protein intake to reduce food cravings by 60% and to cut midnight snacks by 50%.
- Drink water before meals to reduce your appetite.
- Chew gum to distance yourself from the craving.
- Have a day or even a week planned meal to eliminate any unnecessary food cravings.
- Have healthy snacks if possible to avoid extreme hunger.
- Avoid stress because it can induce eating too much, especially to women.