Column: How to control your cravings
Commentary by Cory Black
Experiencing strong food cravings that seem near impossible to control? Cravings that are out of control are typically the result of spiking and subsequently crashing blood sugar levels and will wreck havoc with your diet.
When you regularly have large swings in blood sugar, two things happen. Your body will go into a storage mode turning sugar into more body fat while your energy levels plummet. As well your body increases hunger signals causing you to want to eat more than you really need, sometimes only a short time after your last snack.
Spice up food or drinks with cinnamon. Research has shown that this spice has an effect on increasing insulin sensitivity when added to diets in the amounts of one to six grams to regulate blood sugar levels.
Adding whey protein to your diet. Protein naturally stabilizes blood glucose levels and is a healthy snack that will induce satiety and have the effect of reducing the swings that cause cravings.
The supplement chromium polynicotinate. Chromium is an essential trace element our body needs for optimum health and is effective in increasing insulin sensitivity in our bodies. Our bodies have a difficult time absorbing minerals on their own, and chromium is combined with niacin (Vitamin B3) to form chromium polynicotinate, significantly boosting its absorption.
Don’t let cravings keep getting the best of you. Start working on managing your blood sugar and over time you’ll regain control.
As always, consult with your doctor before adding any new supplement to your diet, particularly if taking medications.