Why do we crave unhealthy food? Healthy weight loss programs often become a battleground between our desire for quick weight loss and snack cravings that are based on unhealthy food choices. Although we may not choose the foods we eat, research shows that we want the foods we are used to eating. This means that we love what we eat. It should not surprise that if you have developed a habit of eating ice-cream for pleasure or under stress, you will also have a craving for it under the right circumstances. Pavlov’s dog, by any other name is still Pavlov’s dog.
If we have trained ourselves to eat unhealthy foods or snacks, we may be able to train ourselves to eat healthy food and snacks. A bland-tasting weight loss supplement can be just as appealing as a sweet roll if we are able to do so.
Coffee was the first thing I craved until I started drinking it. Double chocolate chip ice-cream is the same. Exposure to coffee and chocolate and their flavours is essential in learning how to taste them. People who live in primitive cultures of the jungle may have a desire to eat creepy-crawly bugs that are unique to their environment. We can surely learn how to make healthy snacks, healthy fast food and healthy recipes when cooking meals.
How can we change our programming to make sweet cravings a healthy habit? A movie line says, “Build it and they’ll come.” If we make healthy choices at snack and meal time, then we will start to crave those foods.
These snacking experiences can bring us a lot of pleasure and we are not willing to give them up. If we can learn to replace unhealthy snacks with simple healthy foods, our taste buds will start to crave them.
Recent research supports this. New cravings can be created to replace old ones even though they are bland and healthy. The original ones were fat- and sugar-laden delights. The best part? It might only take one week.
In another article, I have provided healthy snack options to help us retrain our cravings. It also includes healthy snack ideas that can be used by children. Here are a few healthy snack food alternatives.
You can sometimes make it a two-step procedure if you don’t want to feel the same rush. If you feel the urge to indulge in chocolate ice cream, then you can have a cup of coffee or a glass of Chocolate Ovaltine with milk. Ovaltine isn’t like the unhealthy chocolate milk mixes that are sold to children. Instead, think of Ovaltine as a healthy snack. It is rich in vitamins and minerals. You can use just one to two tablespoons of it instead of the recommended four.
Step 2: Get a chocolate-flavored whey protein blend from your local health food store (or any flavor you prefer) and replace the Ovaltine. These protein supplements are no longer as good as they once were. They used to be difficult to mix and tasted awful. This is no longer the case. You can mix them quickly by shaking or stirring, and they taste great. You can trust me.
You can now turn a sugary ice cream craving into a healthier fast food option: a protein supplement. It’s also much more filling than ice cream and is far more satisfying. It won’t tempt you to eat as much as if you had ice cream.