The past week i have been having insatiable cravings for meat and food in general. I would find myself halfway through a meal (My new favorite food Kangaroo sausages with broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and a huge garden salad all smothered in tomato sauce) thinking of what i could scrounge up next to eat, even when i was full.
Here’s a little story for you: The other day i ate 1/4 of a roast chicken with some carrots and peas, 10 minutes latter went back and bought 1/2 a roast chicken this time and then 1 hour latter ate another 1/2 roast chicken and hit the food wall half way through but continued to eat, then felt sick for hours afterwards.
I was wondering what the problem was, I have never been the one to binge on food to the point of my stomach looking like Im pregnant.
The solution I have found to combat this horrible problem was the inclusion of healthy fats in my diet, which i must admitte had been extremely lacking. All feelings of wanting to binge have disappeared.
The healthy fats i have introduced in my diet are:
- two fish oil capsules in the morning
- Cashew nuts
- Olive oil (Cooking)
Why would including healthy fats (Polyunsaturated, Monounsaturated, Essential Fatty Acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6) into your diet stop cravings you ask?
Well…Dietary fats supply a stable source of energy for your body. Which helps to regulate your appetite, making you feel full for longer, thus blunting cravings. Due to the stabilizing of blood sugar and insulin levels, if insulin and blood sugar levels are high, fat storage is promoted.
After consuming a meal high in processed carbs and sugar,cravings and blood sugar crashes are the result. which as we all know leave you lethargic and craving more processed carbs within an hour after eating such a meal ( Mcdonalds Hamburger, Donuts and Junk food in general).
Over time high levels of insulin results in insulin resistance which we associate with Diabeties and heart disease.
Diets that include healthy fats also help to raise levels of the hormone Leptin. Leptin plays an important roll in regulating our metabolism and telling our body to burn adipose tissue (Body fat) for energy instead of holding onto it incase of a famine.
Healthy fats are essential for proper nerve activity, vitamin absorption, immune system function and healthy cells.
Monounsaturated fat sources:
Black & green olives
Polyunsaturated fat sources:
Essential Fatty acid (EFA) sources (Omega-3 & Omega-6):
Below is a list of “good carbs” which are absorbed slowly into the blood stream. A.K.A complex carbohydrates.
Complex Carbohydrates sources:
All types of lettuce
Here is a list of the “Bad carbs” the ones you want to avoid. A.K.A Simple carbohydrates.
Simple Carbohydrate sources:
Products made with white flour
Burn baby burn, body fat inferno.
Posted on Saturday, 17 December
Tagged as: Binge eating food cravings solution fat burning metabolism leptin blood sugar insulin healthy fats