We are now going to look at natural ways to curb food cravings during pregnancy. This is a continuation of our previous article about food cravings during pregnancy where we talked about how food cravings during pregnancy can cause you to crave for salty foods, snacks, fried food, ice cream an all the junk food and even go as far as cravings for non-edible items like starch or clay.
We also highlighted why some of the cravings occur since it is not always bad to have them; at times it is just your body telling you what it needs for edification.
You can read this article about food cravings during pregnancy first before continuing with learning about natural ways to curb food cravings during pregnancy.
it is argued by some that food cravings are all in your head while others say it is the body’s way of demanding certain nutrients the body needs during your pregnancy. Whatever the case, we know you have some food cravings and this article is meant to provide some natural ways to help you curb food cravings.
Eat food that doesn’t have too much glucose to be absorbed by your body.
This means you must eat food that does not increase your blood sugar levels. This way you will be able to stabilize your energy and remain at a constant level, which is good for your mood of course.
Eat natural spices
The cravings for spices are not unnatural for a pregnant woman but we recommend that you add only natural spices to your meals.
Drink green tea
Green tea can help reduce food cravings. Green tea is made from unfermented leaves and is said to have the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants. These are known as polyphenols. It is at least 100 more times more effective than vitamin C.
Take b-vitamin complex or B vitamins
To curb food cravings during pregnancy and maintain your stamina you should consider taking vitamins, more specifically b-vitamin complex (B vitamins). These are essential for the metabolism of carbohydrates into the simple sugar glucose. B-complex vitamins can be found in the liver, nuts, leafy green vegetables, rice, milk, eggs, meats, fish, and whole-grain cereals fruits. There are more other foods but these should be enough to get you going.
Drink soy milk during pregnancy
Soy milk is a great supplement to your oatmeal or breakfast, and the extra calcium will also help with healthy teeth, nail, and bones. Calcium will help reduce common dairy cravings like ice cream cravings.
Avoid artificial sweeteners
These can exacerbate an array of cravings, and many diet foods are filled with them. Look for natural or organic processed foods if you must have them.
Drink spring water
Drinking water is generally good for your body since it flushes out toxins, it can also help managers to bloat; as a result of drinking water, you are more likely to control the constant food craving cycle for salty and sweet foods.
Cut back on energy booster
Caffeine is known for “restoring” energy and zest in our bodies and it can be necessary at times. The flip side of caffeine is that it can cause some serious food cravings especially if your blood sugar levels are out of balance. As mentioned earlier, drink herbal teas like green tea and also make it a habit to drink pure fruit juices.
Cook real food! avoid processed food
Avoid processed food that provides little nutrition and extra ingredients your diet doesn’t need. Eating healthy often involves preparing fresh food at home.
These are just a few of many natural ways to curb food cravings during pregnancy. Remember that your food cravings during pregnancy are not a serious problem if they don’t cause some kind of imbalance in your diet.
Ensure that the food cravings do not cause you to replace good food with junk food. Try not to miss breakfast as going without it may heighten your food cravings.
Be patient as the food cravings will get better as your pregnancy progresses. If they don’t go away, don’t fret just watch what you indulge your self in.
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