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Secret Ways to Eat Healthy and Still Satisfy Cravings

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Do you sometimes struggle with healthy food choices? We have all been in situations where we want to eat healthy, but we crave foods that we know are unhealthy. Fruit smoothie or chocolate milkshake? Turkey sausage or bacon?  It’s a daily dilemma that can derail the best intentions!

Here are a few tips on how to satisfy your junk food cravings and still keep your healthy habits intact:

Sweet Tooth

Sugar remains to be one of the worst cravings known to man, not because it’s the most sinful and unhealthy of all food components, but because it just tastes so darn good! The good news is that your body’s craving for sugar might not be an actual need for something sweet. Studies say that cravings for sweet things might be your body’s indication of a lack of phosphorus, carbon, tryptophan or sulfur.

Besides eating more whole fruit, here are a few healthy sugar substitutes you can make:

    • Eat dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. Look for 70% or higher cocoa content. More cocoa means less sugar! PLUS – the cocoa is rich in antioxidants and healthy flavonoids.
    • Pit less dates are a great substitute for caramel, especially if you freeze them.
    • Banana ice cream instead of ice cream. This is so simple. Freeze very ripe bananas, put them in a blender with unsweetened almond milk, some almond butter and a little cocoa powder and bam – healthy ice cream.

Salt Seeker

I know of a number of individuals who crave for salty instead of sweet. Salt in moderation is good for the body, but it’s easy to go overboard when you start eating nuts. You just can’t seem to stop! Too much salt in the body causes high blood pressure and increases the feeling of thirst even if you’re already bloated.

  • Eat pretzels instead of chips. Pretzels are fat-free, lower in calories and salty enough to satisfy your cravings.
  • Pickles – they contain a significant amount of sodium, low in calories and are fat free.
  • Cottage Cheese – many people don’t know that cottage cheese is high in sodium and a great source of protein and calcium. Go with low fat or fat free and you have a great substitute. Add fruit and you will also curb your sugar cravings as well.

Soda Guzzler

Almost nothing will pack on pounds like a weakness for soda or sport drinks. Research shows that those who regularly consume soft drinks are most often overweight and lacking energy as well as putting themselves at a higher risk of diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

Here are some healthy alternatives to sodas.

  • Water. Yes it sounds boring but once you become accustomed to it, you will reap many health benefits.
  • Iced Tea. Start with unsweetened tea and then add stevia to taste.
  • Almond milk with cocoa powder. Pick up some unsweetened almond milk and add a little cocoa powder to taste.
  • Smoothies. If you do it right you can satisfy all your cravings with one drink! Check out dozens of healthy smoothie recipes here.

For more help with overcoming a sugar addition watch natalie’s video series “How to Overcome Your Sugar Addiction” below. Part 2 and part 3 will play automatically after part 1.

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We at Viance understand that we all have our own food cravings. If you experience difficulty in maintaining your diet even after the tips presented above, then check out our product line for delicious, quick and satisfying meal replacement products.

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Hi! I'm Walt Landi the founder and CEO of Viance Nutrition. Welcome to our Blog. I maintain this Blog as a free resource for anyone wishing to improve their health. Your comments and feedback are always welcomed and you can email me direct at walt@viance.com if you have any suggestions. Thanks. Ps. Spread the word and check out our products at viance.com. :)

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