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Food Cravings Lies And How to Fix Them.

Food Cravings: The safeness and quickness way to fix your food cravings starting today.

10 Best Tricks to Fix Food Cravings Today.

Food cravings, we all have it. Food craving is a powerful desire, be it good or bad.

Going vegan or plant-based is never easy in the beginning.

Eating vegan or healthier can be tricky if you are constantly having food cravings for unhealthy foods.  Foods like dairy cheese, eggs, meats, sugar, and caffeinated drinks.  These food cravings are sometimes hard to overcome,

If you will commit to the tricks I outline below, they will help you overcome your cravings starting today.

It never about depriving yourself or giving up on your vegan or plant-based diet.

Understanding which food cravings are emotional and which are psychological is vital at the beginning of your vegan journey. Emotional food cravings are easier to battle than psychological food cravings.

They all start in the mind

Your mind is the key to reprogram your body to replace unhealthy foods with healthier options.

In the early 1990s; I did not understand my body’s needs or my health like I do today.   nevertheless, looking back, now, I see that whenever my body needed I would ‘crave’ more of that food.

I ate plenty of beans, rice, and high protein foods that I did not notice much cravings. If you are not coming from a lifestyle or starvation or eating disorder, eating simple and healthy foods will meet your body’s expectations all the time.    

More importantly, limit stress as far as possible.  

Being stressed may encourage emotional eating and food cravings for a large number of comfort foods. Which can cause weight gain and depression at in turn can bring on more food cravings.  

Break the cycle of emotional and psychological food cravings. Study your body’s triggers, so has to only eat when truly hungry.

Your body intelligent, listen to it.   

What is Food Craving?

Food craving is not always hunger; it can just be a cry for water. A hydrated body is one way to overcoming food craving.  Drinking, at least 32 oz, of water daily helps to stop food craving in its track.  

Try drinking a glass of water before you reach for those salty chips. Your body will thank you and you may not have a need for those chips anymore.  

It is true that drinking plenty of water helps the body to clean its self and remove chemicals from your cells. Chemicals may be causing your food cravings in the first place, so flushing your system may do the trick.

Food craving, according to Merriam Webster, is an intense, urgent, or abnormal desire or longing. Food cravings can sometimes be yearning for foods that your mind tells you is missing from your diet.

You smell or see a familiar food and your mind starts to recall the pleasure it as giving you. Food cravings, like any other longing, can be altered.

Craving can sometimes be a habit we have developed over our lifetime and like any other habit, good or bad, food carving can be changed.

Food cravings are not all bad.

Food craving is your body’s way of telling you what it’s lacking. it’s your job to feed it the right things. Learn to listen and understand your craving. By doing so soon you will learn to filter out the good cravings from the bad.  

If you have an addicted personality your food cravings, like drugs, may linger for months or years. Your brain has the ability to remembering what foods you craved based on traumatic or joyful circumstances in your life.

Most importantly, with time and patience, you can retrain your brain to crave foods that nourish the body.

Why Does Food Cravings Happen?

Food Cravings come about when our bodies need some attention.

It can be an imbalance in our hormones from years of not eating properly or It can be an emotional, psychological, and nutritional deficiency.  

Food craving can be selective or non-selective.

Selective food cravings are cravings for specific foods. Foods that you grew up eating, like friends from McDonald’s, chips from your home country or states, or your mother’s homemade chicken soup.  

I love chips, but not any chips, I loved banana chips. When I came to the States I was, and still am, unable to find real banana chips.

No chips here would satisfice or replace my beloved banana chips. If I knew of anyone coming from my home country, I will ask them for this chip; then I would charity those chips like a newborn

I started to realized that it was not the chips I was cravings; it was the smells, taste, and feel of the chips that brought me back to a place I was familiar with.  

And, non-selective food craving is simply a longing to eat anything. Food has become a comfort blanket for you and you may not even feel the hunger in your stomach.

10 Best Tricks to Fix Food Cravings

Food Craving 1: Dehydration?

Water is life and health. Try these steps:

1.Water

2. Add fruits to your pitcher.

3. Dilute sugary drinks with water and ice.

4.  Choose sparkling or mineral water over soda.

5. Eat water-rich foods.

Food Craving 2: Meats

Missing meat or the umami taste. Try these instead:

1. Mushrooms 

2. Soy Sauce/Coconut Amino Acid  

3. Smoke Paprika

4. Walnut

5. Vegan Meat Alternative  

Food Craving 3: Salty Snacks

Missing salty snacks, try these instead:

1. Baked Sweet Potato Fries

 2. Air-popped Popcorn

3. Kale Chips

4. Edamame

5. Nuts

Food Craving 4: Cheese

Missing Cheese, try these instead:

1. Vegan Cheese

2. Vegan Cheese Spread

3. Home Made Cashew Cheese

4. Nutritional Yeast

5. Hemp Seed Crumble

Food Craving 5: Sugar

Missing sugar, try these instead:

1.Coconut sugar,

2. Maple syrup,

3. Stevia,

3. Agave,

4. Date Syrup,

5. Sweet Fruits

Food Craving 6: Egg

Missing eggs, try these instead:

1.Scramble Tofu with black salt,

2. Sunflower or Soy Lectin

3. Chickpea Omelet

4. Pinto Bean Tofu Breakfast Rancheros

5. homemade cajun breakfast sausage

Food Craving 6: Coffee

Missing Coffee, try these instead

1. Chicory,

2. Matcha Green Tea

3. Golden Plant-based Milk

4. Yerba Mate

5. Chia Tea

Final Point on Fixing Food Cravings

Food cravings are not a bad thing, it is just your body telling you what it needs. More importantly, food cravings can be a way for you to escape back to that safe place that your body knew and loved.

Whatever the reason for your food cravings, it very important for you not to ignore your body or its cravings.

Help your body get back to its balance with proper plant-based nutrient-dense food.

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