Low Carb Outlet

Top 5 Low Carb Diet Books You Should Own

Do you need a healthy lifestyle? Or do you want to whip up some scrumptious healthy recipes each day? If you answered yes to any of these questions, keep reading as here is a list of the Top 5 Low Carb diet books that are a must have! These low carb diet books will not only make you achieve your healthy weight goal but also provide a great treat to your taste buds.

Ketogenic Diet for Rookies :

If you are looking to begin a Ketogenic diet, Amy Ramos’s book on Ketogenic diet is a great addition to your shelf. It is a highly reviewed and appreciated book in terms of the quality of recipes that it provides. This is great for beginners as well as those who are looking to get some new inspiration in their kitchens. From lettuce wraps to peanut buttercup smoothies, they have it all. This is a great book with all recipes including just 6 carbs! It also provides great alternatives for ingredients and all the recipes are very well illustrated. It basically is a rookies guide to great Ketosis!

Easy Minimal Ingredient Cookbook :

“I have so much going on in my life each day, I at times hardly have time to cook a proper meal for myself.” If this sounds familiar to you, then this “Easy 5- Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Book” by Jen Fisch will be your savior! This book unlike other low carb diet books has an array of recipes that are low on ingredients and super high on taste. Low carbs, rich in healthy fats, less ingredients and other foods we need to keep our diet going. It has about 130 recipes that use 5 ingredients or less. This book is a perfect read for all busy moms, working professionals or even busy students. It just gets you sorted for the meal prep.

The Tom Kerridge’s Fresh Start (By Tom Kerridge):

Tom Kerridge is a highly appreciated Michelin Star Chef who has created this amazing book using his own experiences. He has documented his own recipes that have helped him lose a whooping 168 lbs. This book inspires all amateur cooks to avoid processed and canned foods and get cooking again. This book is not just another low carb diet book – but a personal experience inspired beautiful amalgamation of recipes. His recipes include his famous crab mayo, Mexican bean and corn cakes yum!!

Naturally Delicious Snacks & Treats (By Gracie Tyrrell, Sophie Tyrrell):

On a low carb diet and craving some treats? The Squirrel sisters have got you sorted with their bestselling low carb diet book that has some inspirational and yummy snacks and treats. We all have a sweet tooth and when on a diet curbing the urge to gorge on some sweets is very tough. This recipe book just ticks the right boxes when we talk about sweet tasty and healthy recipes for a good diet. It includes recipes for souffles, eclairs and samosas. Salivating already? Get yourself a copy of this great recipe book for those sweet cravings.

Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Fit Food [by Gordon Ramsay] :

A Michelin star chef who is a health freak and an athlete – and he creates this lob carb diet book for you, sound good? Sounds great to me! Well who doesn’t know Gordon Ramsay? He is a popular chef and in this book of his he has provided sections that include good recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacks. He has some lean recipes in there that help a healthy lifestyle. This book will encourage you to keep cooking and stay healthy in true Ramsay fashion.

Conclusion

Hope these amazing low carb diet books will inspire the chef in you and that these books will help you keep in shape and satisfy your taste buds at the same time. Happy cooking! Please write us about which recipes you enjoyed the most.

How to Ensure You Stay Motivated on Your Low Carb Diet

Introduction

Sticking to a low carb diet can be a very challenging task. There are a number of low carb diets from which you can chose from but each one of them will require dedication from you. You need to stay committed to the diet for the scheduled time and avoid cheating yourself through it. This type of commitment requires some motivation and lucky for you, you came to the right place. Here, we will provide you with some of the best ways with which you can stay motivated on a low carb diet. So let us begin:

1. Have Motivational Cards Everywhere

This is among the best ways of staying motivated on a low carb diet. You can have these cards everywhere, from the kitchen to the bedroom. Put them on your fridge, on the kitchen walls, next to your bed and even on your working desk. They can have words like ‘say no to sugar’ or ‘stay sugar free’. Let them be the first words you see when you wake up and the last you see when you go to sleep.

2. Set a Goal for Yourself

Someone who has something to prove to himself or his/her family and friends will stop at nothing to accomplish the task beforehand. In our case we want to achieve that perfect and healthy body. With a set goal, you can be unstoppable. You can write down your goals and the exact dates you want to achieve them. This will help you stick to the diet at all times so as to meet the set goals.

3. Join a Low Carb Diet Community Forum

There is strength in numbers they say, and this is no different when it comes to maintaining a diet. Having a community that shares their ordeals, achievements and tips is a great way to stay motivated on a low carb diet. You get to associate yourself with people whom you can relate to. You will in time find that they also go through the same struggles when maintaining this diet but they choose to keep pushing forward despite the setbacks. Their passion, desire and success will help motivate you.

4. Monitor Your Progress and Success

There is no better motivation to maintaining a diet than seeing progress or success. This is the main reason why we do this. We want to see ourselves losing weight and becoming healthy over time. It is the drive for everyone on a low carb diet. The only problem here is that people expect results too fast. Patience is a virtue you will need to master while on a low carb diet. Do not expect results just a day after beginning the diet. You can check on your progress after a week or two. Take some pictures of yourself as you see some progress. The pictures will be great motivators in the future.

5. Give Yourself a Small Reward

Rewarding yourself can be a powerful motivator if used the right way. By rewards we don’t mean taking a day off to eat sugary foods, we mean things like getting a massage or buying yourself that amazing dress or jeans you’ve wanted so much. You can reward yourself every time you lose a substantial amount of weight or for even the small weekly and monthly goals you set for yourself.

6. Drink Water Regularly

Do not let your body get or feel dehydrated. Dehydration may trick your body into thinking that you are hungry and we all know what happens thereafter. When you feel your body is dehydrated, always drink water. Make this a daily routine and it will save you from a lot of temptations.

Conclusion

Maintaining a low carb diet can become very easy when you follow the tips we have given you. Do not expect too much too fast. Be patient, set goals, monitor yourself, get some support and the results will start showing with time.

Tell us about your progress and what you used to stay on track. How long did it take you to get to your goal weight?

Don’t Let Your Low Carb Diet Disappear During Thanksgiving

Introduction

It is certainly difficult to stick to a low carb diet during the holidays, particularly on Thanksgiving. The lavish and decadent side dishes, such as corn pudding and green bean casserole, are some of the biggest temptations that beg to ruin your diet, but you need to hang in there and stick to your guns. So in this article we are going to discuss some of the low carb meals you can eat during this period so you don’t feel like you are missing out on the fun.

Apple-wood Smoked Turkey

This meal contains only about 11.6 grams of carbs and the apple-wood chip gives it a mildly fruity and sweet flavor that will leave you yearning for more. You can also opt to smoke the turkey with some alder wood or cherry chips for a more sumptuous smoked flavor.

Shrimp with Buttermilk Remolata

If cocktail sauce and pre-boiled shrimp is your usual starter in most of your Thanksgiving gatherings, you may opt to change things a little by trying broiled shrimp with peppery remolata (also known as Remoulade) dipping sauce (a home-made option that normally takes a few minutes to make and tastes far better, and contains low amounts of sodium). Just like cocktail sauce, Remolata derives its sharp kick from horseradish, though can also use Creole mustard. Please don’t get rid of the shrimp tails as it makes for easy handling.

Pearl Onions with Balsamic Glazed Green Beans

It has also been said that a perfect plate is the one dotted with several different colors. You can achieve this by making good use of vegetables. One such vegetable is the late night green beans. This vegetable is fresh, easy and it helps in enhancing digestion. You can spice up your green beans with some balsamic vinegar and pearl onions to give this popular side dish some unique and appealing flavor. Tasty and sumptuous; this meal is simple and yet elegant. While it normally takes approximately 10 minutes to prepare the green beans, it takes roughly 30 minutes to chop and peel the onions. It is therefore wise to prepare the onions way early before you start the real cooking.

Protein Filled Cheese Board

You can make a protein filled cheese board by having a mixture of small amounts of nuts, chocolate, fruits (in this case your can have strawberries) and cheese. You can have this as a dessert or an appetizer. Cheese and nuts contains quite an amount of protein while the chocolate and fruits brings in some degree of sweetness that will go a long way in satisfying your cravings. Apart from providing you with some amounts of proteins, a cheese board also contains some 390 milligrams of calcium thanks to the chocolate, nuts and cheese.

Conclusion

These are only but a few of the meals with few carbs you can take during this Thanksgiving. Turkey as stated has approximately 4 to 11 grams carbs, while the rest, protein filled cheese board, green beans and shrimp have little to no carbs. So you can enjoy Thanksgiving while maintain your diet. Enjoy!

I know you have other recipes so please share!

Not Sure What to Expect at a Massage Parlor? Here’s a Guide

Woman getting massage at massage parlor

Over the years we’ve found that to improve health, you need to think of the whole body— because everything is connected!  Massage therapy is an excellent way to improve circulation in the body, and increase a sense of well-being.  In this post, we’ll share what you can expect by going to a massage parlor.

After a recent trip to Kansas City for a healthy conference, I decided to see what the city had to offer in terms of massage therapists.  Between conference sessions, I decided to experiment with a few massage parlors, and finally found the massage spa in Kansas City which offered exactly what I was seeking to relax and allow the day to unfold.  If you’ve never received a professional massage, here are some tips to guide you for your first experience.

When it comes to massage therapy, lots of options are available.  To name a few, here are some considerations:

Do you know that there is more to massage than relaxation and pampering? This guide is for men and woman who want to visit the massage parlor for a relaxing experience but have never done this before, and lack the information on what to expect. Firstly, you don’t have to be afraid because you are fat, shy, or even ugly. These massage therapy experts have seen it all.  Do your best to look clean, smell nice, and you’ll have a great experience.

Choosing a Massage Parlor

Perhaps, you already know a place, but if not, you can go online and search for one.  Search for words like, “massage parlor.”  You don’t want to accidentally bump into just any massage provider, so make sure you do your research.  Make sure you check their site to know when they are open.  A good massage parlor would never wait till it’s late to open.

Also, find one, in a less crowded area (preferably empty area), so you can enter and leave without anyone’s consent.

Entering the Massage Parlor

On entering the massage parlor, you’ll be received instantly by the masseuse. If not, tap the desk bell and one of them will get to you. She will ask if you need their massage service, just reply with a “yes”. Don’t be one of those guys and talk about inappropriate acts. These massage parlors are upstanding establishments and that kind of talk will get you kicked out.

Follow the masseuse as she leads you to the main room. She will request for payment based on their basic price (though you can at this time discuss more add-on treatments).

Ensure you go with CASH, your debit card is not advisable.  After that, she will allow you into the room and the masseause will leave the room. Now, here is the time to take off your clothes. Lie flat on the table/bed and wait while she comes back. She may ask if you need a shower, if you want, go take your shower and come back to lie on the table/bed. You don’t have to tell her, “I’m done with showering”. Wait a minute till she comes back and locks the door.

Massage and Add-on Service

Firstly, she will start with massaging your back. Minutes after, she might flip you over to the front so she can massage your chest. During this time if you are having aches and pains in certain areas, feel free to tell your masseuse to be a little rougher in those areas to work out the pain. Afte rall, that’s what going to a massage is all about– feeling better afterwards!

After your treatment, make sure to leave a tip and thank her. If you enjoyed your treatment make sure to get her name for next time. It helps to go back to the same masseuse time after time so she gets familiar with your style.

Next Steps

There are a lot of massage parlors out there so make sure you do your homework and choose a legit one. Clean up and look good before going. If you do these things, you’ll have a great experience and keep coming back.

We hope you enjoyed our guide to getting a massage for the first time.  Have these tips helped you to take the next step?  Let us know if you have any tips/ideas for finding the perfect massage parlor by contacting us today!

Easy to Make Low Carb Recipes for Peanut Butter Cookies

Whether in the summer or in the cold winter there is simply no bad time to have peanut butter cookies! But just so that the enjoyment doesn’t come with a guilty conscience, we present you 3 easy to make low carb recipes for peanut butter cookies. With these you can make delicious and healthy cookies in no time! With simple substitutions you can eat these guilt free without paying for it on your waistline. Without further ado take a look at these recipes.

Recipes

1. Almond Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

100 g peanut butter

2 large eggs

70 g almond flour

30 g hazelnuts, ground

70 g xylitol (sugar replacement) or other sugar substitute

1 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. With a teaspoon form small balls on a baking sheet. Make sure to put baking paper on the baking sheet to prevent it from sticking. Bake for about 12 minutes in a preheated oven at 180 deg C until they’re golden brown and lightly toasted around the edges. Pull the baking sheet out of the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before digging in. Enjoy!

 

2. Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

100 g peanuts, crunchy (unsweetened)

40 g erythritol or other sugar substitute

1 egg

1 egg yolk

20 g unsalted peanuts

15 g almond flour

Instructions

Beat the peanut butter with the erythritol until frothy. Then stir in the egg, the yolk, and the almond flour. Chop most of the unsalted peanuts and add them to the dough. Set the remainder to the side.

In the meantime, preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Lay out a baking tray with baking paper. Form the dough into small balls and place them on the baking sheet. Sprinkle the remaining peanuts on top of the cookies.

Bake the cookies on a medium rack for about 15 minutes until golden brown and the edges are slightly toasted. Pull the baking sheet out and let it rest for 5 minutes before digging in.

3. Lemon Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

50 g almonds, ground

50 g peanut butter, crunchy

30 g erythritol or other sugar substitute

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 egg

1 g baking soda

Instructions

First set the oven to 160 degrees C.

Stir the egg with the erythritol, the lemon juice, and the crunchy peanut butter with the help of the hand mixer, till creamy. Separately mix the ground almonds carefully with the baking soda. Stir the almond baking powder mixture into the peanut butter egg mass until all ingredients are well mixed.

Lay out a baking tray with baking paper and spread the cookie dough with a spoon into nine equal piles. With the back of the spoon, you can now smooth every single pile of dough and put it in a round cookie tin.

Bake for around 15 minutes or until golden brown. Pull the baking tray out of the oven and let it sit for 5 minutes before digging in.

 

These recipes show that baking healthy low-carb cookies do not require much work. Just a few ingredients are enough to bake tasty peanut butter cookies that are actually good for your health!

I hope you enjoyed these recipes. If you have others you want our readers to know about contact us.

Why It’s Important to Include High Protein Diet Cereals in Your Diet

This type of diet will have a great impact on your body. You should consider the right ratio of the three main groups that comprise a balanced diet: proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins. By observing this you reduce the risk of obesity and other fitness related problems. If you want to live a happy and healthy life than you should crosscheck your diet and lifestyle.

Its recommended you eat less carbs but high protein diet cereals. Carb rich foods have a negative impact on your body. It can cause obesity and heart related problems. This kind of recommendation is referred to as a Keto diet: high protein and less carbohydrates. Consuming a lot of carbohydrates also raises your risk of cancer.

Benefits of High Protein Diet Cereals

Consumption of high protein diet cereals is a healthy way to lose weight. When you are on this diet there are few carbohydrates entering your body. This means the energy taken into your body is very limited. For your body to get enough energy to perform the required body processes, alternative sources of energy are required. The body is triggered to burn the fats stored. This lowers the calories in your body. Through this process you lose a lot of fats which helps in weight loss.

This type of diet helps in fighting cancer. When you eat less carbs the risks of having inflammations is lowered. Eating a lot of carb rich foods causes inflammations, which would make you prone to cancer or atherosclerosis. The sugar produced during starch processing is dumped in your body. This sugar promotes inflammation. If you are suffering from an inflammatory disease this could be a good diet for you.

Going for high protein diet cereals is a good way to prevent overeating. Since this diet has high protein content you will feel fuller for a longer time. Your perception of hunger is reduced hence you won’t go snacking on carbs. This keeps you off the highly processed foods that lead to weight gain.

High protein diet cereals help in managing diabetes. It has been found that this is useful in improving glycemic control of type 2 diabetes. This is possible because the sugar level is reduced. An added advantage to this is that those who suffer from that type of diabetes will lose weight. This keeps them healthy and fit. A low carb diet helps lower the risk of cognitive impairment. This is a problem common with the elderly and its caused by consumption of food with high carb content. You should ensure that you stick to a low carb diet to lower the risk of suffering from cognitive impairment. Is it safe to completely remove carbs from your diet?

It may sound better to have no carbs in your diet, but remember carbohydrates have an important role in your body. They are required to provide energy for daily physical activities. Consider having a balanced diet that has healthy carbohydrates. This could be from whole grains. Lower your carbohydrates intake but not way too low. If you do this, you could be at a high risk of suffering from vitamin deficiencies.

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Detox Cleanses

Detoxification is a very important issue, it is a practice that benefits the body in many aspects. It is a process that entails many changes at a bodily and mental level, that is, it is achieved by changing habits and customs in almost all aspects. It is known that many foods that we eat are toxic to the body, whether by the chemicals they have, preservatives, fats, etc. A cleaning process involves, as a first instance, getting rid of all these foods that are so delicious or consume so much without even measuring the amount we eat. However, here are 5 things you did not know about detox cleanses. It should be noted that beyond changes in habits, there are products to help this process as a body detox product.

1) It helps with weight loss
The loss of toxins accelerates the loss of weight, because they are the cause of the system retains fats and liquids, as it alters the normal functioning of the metabolism. It is something so simple that it is often thought that it is not true. The body begins to function in every different way, responding more quickly to the elimination of unwanted chemicals for the body.

2) Stronger immune system
The body considers the toxins as a threat, by releasing them and allowing the body to function normally, it will begin to better absorb the nutrients that are ingested. This leads to the immune system becoming stronger and more resistant to viruses and bacteria in the environment around us.

3) Healthier hair
One of the causes of hair problems can be hair loss, dull or dry hair are toxins. Remember that everything inside the body has an impact on the outside of the body, that is, if the body inside is free of toxins, it can be seen from the outside. The hair will begin to grow with more shine and strength than before.

4) Improves the appearance of the skin
This change is one of the first that can be seen when starting a detoxification process. The internal cleansing of the body is seen on the skin. Free of skin acne, black spots, fat and pimples will be noticed. It will become softer and an anti-aging effect will be noticed as it delays the application of wrinkles, giving an anti-aging effect. This will make your skin look younger.

5) Prevents chronic diseases
Toxins from the environment, or those that are present in foods, are responsible for many diseases. Among them may be neurological damage, heart problems, metabolism alterations, joint pains, fatigue, etc.

The body is designed to clean itself, but being overloaded with toxins either by food or the environment itself is saturated and fails to eliminate them completely, causing it to be altered and not have a normal operation. If a progressive detoxification is achieved, the body will naturally eliminate all these toxins, causing the entire system, especially the immune system, to function normally again, avoiding a large number of diseases.

This is why I chose a Low Carb Diet

This is why I chose a Low Carb Diet

For the last decade or so, I’ve struggled with my weight. That struggle is still ongoing. I’ve been able to meet most of my goals, but it hasn’t been a smooth ride and I still have a bit to go before I will be happy. Still, I have picked up a few things and wanted to share my journey with you.

The First Steps

I’ve always been a researcher. So when I finally decided that I needed to lose weight, I discounted all the quick and easy diet fads. I wasn’t after a short term thing. I wanted a lifestyle change and I wanted to make sure I can keep doing whatever it was to keep myself healthy and trim. When I started the research, I was flooded with all the information about calorie counting and tracking. That made sense to me. Using up more calories than what I consume, equals weight loss. Fantastic, I thought. I got myself a fitness tracker, calorie counting app and went to town with the calorie counting. Everything I consumed, I documented in the app. I did get little fitter and I did feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of every day, but I also stressed and more importantly, didn’t lose weight.

Realities of Consumed Calories

I jumped back into the research. The issue, I found, was that because I only focused on ‘low calories’, all I was doing was basically starving myself with poor quality foods that didn’t contain the nutrients and vitamins that I needed. It also meant that I was hungry, cranky and… prone to cheating. So I started to think about the vitamins and nutrients I needed and trying to keep my diet under control. I found a number of diets to help guide me through this, but there was only one diet that actually made sense to me. The Low Carb Diet.

Low Carbohydrate Diet

What is a Low Carb diet? In essence, it’s a simple diet with the goal of reducing carbohydrates from your diet to about 30-40% of the total calories consumed. Given that most of the carbs we can find these days are the refined and processed, like white bread, sugar and pasta, I realized that most of the carbs I had been eating was basically empty calories. Processed carbs have a lot of the vitamins and nutrients taken out of it. So, limiting carbs and focusing on other foods like high protein and healthy fat foods makes sense. Most of the high protein foods I generally eat are chicken, salmon and avocados. They all contain healthy fats, are low in calories and high in nutrients. Fortunately for me, these are also the types of foods that makes me happy. The high protein also helps my muscles recover after the gym sessions! But being on a Low Carb diet doesn’t mean you have to completely cut out carbohydrates. It is about choosing the right types of carbs. So if you need pasta, opt for wholewheat. Eat low carb vegetables like kale and salads instead of potatoes. I mean, there are things you do need to think about, but low carb diets aren’t impossible or super complicated. For me, switching to a low carb diet helped me to actually keep to my calorie counts and lose weight. Low carb diets aren’t only for those wanting weight loss or lifestyle changes. From my research, due to the reduction of refined sugar and refined carbs (which eventually becomes sugar in the body), a low carb diet can actually reduce the chances of developing diabetes and help those with diabetes to control their insulin levels. So if you’ve tried to lose weight and is struggling with your diet, have a look at the low carb diet. I would definitely recommend it.

Review of the Ketosis Diet

Ketosis refers to a system where you abandon diets that are rich in carbohydrates and switch to fatty foods. This leads to ketone molecules building up in the bloodstream. As a result, blood sugar levels go down and the body starts to breakdown fats to use them as an alternative source of energy. The idea of ketosis was brought forth by Dr. Gianfranco Cappello of the Sapienza University in Rome, Italy. Studies indicate that ketogenic diets are significantly safe for people suffering from obesity or generally overweight. Similarly, other clinical reviews suggest that people on ketosis, low carb diet, regain the lost weight within a year of the process. In Dr. Cappello’s study, 19,000 dieters used as specimens experienced rapid weight loss, lesser side effects and managed to keep off the lost weight past one year. Averagely, 22 pounds, which is an equivalent to 10.2kgs are lost after 2.5 rounds of ketosis. Dr. Capello concludes that the fewer side effects like fatigue are easily managed and it is ideal for overweight and obese people when trying to lose weight.

Dietitians have been using ketosis to help easen symptoms of children who are epileptic. They note that, particularly, ketosis is effective when dealing with children with refractory epilepsy, and after at least two drug treatments, they have not responded. Approximately about half of the children who undergo ketosis experience a decrease in the number of seizures. However, the dietitians have not been able to expound on how or why the result is achieved.

Ketosis has also been successful with quite a number of sports nutritionists. Normally, there are some people who have it rough in losing weight and hence ketosis tends to work for them. Athletes also enroll to this low-card diet. They agree that there are quite a number of benefits that come with ketosis. It is beneficial in its instant results in the sense that people lose weight very fast. This in turn becomes an encouragement to those undergoing ketosis. They add that, the concept of ketosis is simple because it only seeks to eliminate a food group. This simplicity makes it easier to follow. Additionally, low-carb diets makes one feel full despite having lesser calories giving them more energy. This works because people on ketosis tend to abandon sluggish diets of processed foods keeping the blood sugar level stable, ketosis enhances a more stable flow of energy in the body.

Ketogenic diets limits one to approximately 50 grams of carbohydrates per day. One might ask which foods should he include in a ketosis process, here are some examples. First, is seafood such as salmon and sardines, which are rich in Omega 3 fats which lower insulin levels and increase insulin sensitivity in obese and overweight people. Another is low-carb vegetables such as cauliflower. Cheese, avocados, eggs, meat and poultry, coconut oil, nuts and seeds, butter and cream are also included in the list. Mashed potatoes and rice are examples of foods that should be avoided by people on ketosis and replaced by the cauliflower. Any foods with added sugar raise blood sugar levels and cause insulin spikes hence should be avoided.

Three Reasons You’re Craving Carbs

Why do I love carbs? Here are reasons why you crave carbohydrates and sugar. That is a concept only know to women. This is something that men don’t deal with and one reason largely is because of our hormonal differences. Estrogen means that you process carbohydrates very differently than men. Now remember carbohydrates refers to good carbohydrates like spinach and bad carbohydrates like candy and chocolate, not that those are bad I actually think those are fantastic, but you just don’t want to eat too many of them. Whenever I’m talking about carbohydrates I mean either good or bad.

We process carbohydrates very differently. Because of that we are prone to our blood sugar becoming unstable and going up and down. Whenever your blood sugar bottoms out your body thinks that you’re going to go into starvation mode and it’s like “Oh My God I need carbohydrates, I’m starving!” Whatever your thing is, whether it’s potato chips or whether it’s candy or cookies or sweet tarts, your body goes into that phase. You are not designed to have strong cravings of any sort. It’s not a problem you just need to make some improvements. Now there’s a difference between if you like your carbohydrates. That different than craving it. I’ve been there I know how it feels. So three reasons why you’re having these cravings.

  1. You probably skipped breakfast altogether or the breakfast that you had focused on carbohydrates with very little protein. There is a huge correlation between protein paired with carbohydrates at breakfast and your blood sugar throughout the day. Make sure that you’re getting at least 18 grams of high quality protein paired with some some healthy carbohydrates at breakfast. Most of the time, 90% of the time that resolves it for my clients.
  2. You probably are going too long in between meals. When you don’t eat every 3 to 4 hours your blood sugar drops out and you’re back into that same situation where your body is needs the sustenance otherwise you’re going to die. Give me some carbohydrates! I know that mantra very well. My body screams at me from time to time so it’s not that you need to eat every 3 hours, but if you are active you do need to be eating a meal or a snack every 4 hours at max. The more you go over 4 hours the more you get into dangerous territory. I eat every 3 hours. The more active you are you have to eat every 2.5 to 3 hours. If you’re moderately active you can go to about 4 hours. Don’t let it go beyond if it’s not time for a meal make sure that you’re getting a snack within that window and make sure that snack is a carbohydrate paired with a protein.
  3. Your work outs may be too intense. I see this all the time with my coaching clients. If you are engaging in work outs that are really intense really high heart rate something that would be like a CrossFit work out or something that would be like a HiiT (high intensity interval training) work out. If you are doing those on a regular basis, another great example is spin classes I think there’s a lot of women who are doing things classes if you’ve got these really how intense workouts, they can be great, but you have to make sure that you’re taking in carbohydrate after this work out paired with a little bit of protein because what happens is your body just goes into a different metabolic state and you end up craving carbohydrates at other times in that day. So maybe your spin class was last night, but today at lunch is when you’re having your carbohydrate cravings. Cravings, in general, regardless of when they happen are in indication that something in your system is off.

Those are the three places that you want to start. Start with breakfast because it usually fixes that almost every single time. I’ve been doing this for a long time so I hope this helps you. Carbohydrates are awesome, but you don’t want to be in a place where you’re craving them. I would love to hear from you please leave your thoughts and comments.