November 11, 2012

How To: Stop Craving Bad Food

Hi beautiful! Hope everyone's had a nice weekend! Just uploaded a new health video talking about 3 ways to stop craving bad unhealthy food, like fast food and sweets. I LOVE doing these types of videos because I think feeling good in your own body and being proud of your body is such an important thing. And it seems like you guys like them too, so that makes me happy :) Feel free to leave more health-related video requests down below in the comments - as well as any others you may have.




Here is a little summary of the video:

We all want to look & feel good! A big part of that is having a beautiful body to be proud of! We can control our body shape by two things:
1. Food
2. Exercise


Why do we crave "bad" unhealthy foods?
  1. Lack of essential vitamins and nutrients 
  2. Below normal blood sugar levels 
  3. Dehydration
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1. Eat more nourishing and vitamin dense foods 

PROBLEM: People are nutritionally starved. Most of the "popular" foods people eat these days don't have a lot of nutritional value. Even though they may taste good for the few seconds, it can do a lot of damage for years in your body. Our body NEEDS certain vitamins and nutrients every day: if we don’t give it to them – they’re gona keep craving!

SOLUTION: If you eat healthy, and you check all those nutrition boxes you wont be craving bad food as much. Our body, pretty much craves because it is not satisfied with what we "feed it". For instance, a lot of people crave ice cream, cupcakes, pizza etc - there's no nutritional value in that. So they keep craving and craving - trying to fill this missing puzzle piece. If we fix this crave the first time with fruits and veggies, even though it might not be as mentally satisfying at that very moment, you will start to notice the difference long term.

This picture is a bit graphic BUT I think it does a great job of demonstrating
how our bodies function with healthy food and with unhealthy food.
(Open to read more!)

2. Regulate blood sugar levels

PROBLEM: When we eat processed foods (like white carbs and sweets that have a high glycemic value) our body turns it into glucose (sugar) and it gets released into our blood stream. The body reacts by secreting insulin to level out this high blood sugar level. Too much insulin, in turn causes a low level of blood sugar.

Below is a diagram showing the effects of low and high blood sugar. Looks a bit like an up and down roller coaster. This is not good. After a HIGH there is always a CRASH. This is one reason we crave bad food. The goal isn't to have it totally constant at 100 - but more of a rounded wave motion as opposed to high spikes and lows. 
Spikes & low’s in blood sugar =
  • Fatigue 
  • Bad cravings (bingo!)
  • Slow brain function 
  • Diabetes 
  • Inflammation (which can lead to acne)

SOLUTION # 1: Avoid high glycemic foods = avoid crashes, which can lead to bad cravings. Instead, replace with healthier foods that have a lower glycemic value - which means no spikes and lows in blood sugar. 


SOLUTION # 2: Snack smartly! It's not bad to snack if you snack on the right things like fruits (apples, oranges, pears...) or veggies (celery, peppers, cucumber...) or nuts (almonds, walnuts...). 



3. Keep hydrated
Drink water! Lots of water, every day! Many times, we confuse hunger for thirst. Keep that in mind, and always stay hydrated. Avoid sweet & sugary drinks as they are filled with empty calories and bad fat. 

A nice way to make water taste sweeter (with vitamins)!

More tips:
  • Keep junk food out of your home entirely so there's no temptation 
  • Identify if you're craving food emotionally or because you're actually hungry / thirsty 
  • If you find yourself eating out of boredom, find something else to do like paint your nails, organize or take a walk 
  • Keep a food diary 
  • Exercise 
  • Oh and drink water! Did I mention that already? :) 

Healthy Food Inspiration Blog: http://beautifulpicturesofhealthyfood.tumblr.com/


Disclaimer:
  • This post is not to convince people to stop eating all together lol - I know I might get some strange comment like that.
  • I am not a nutritionist, but I  have done a lot of research into this topic and think it might be beneficial for those who are on the road to becoming healthy & fit.
  • Everyone is different! Some people have faster metabolisms than others, and therefore might not be affected so much by food physically. However, food also affects us mentally. When we have proper functioning cells, we start feeling better, happier & more energized than if they were malnourished.
  • I can't stress the importance of being curious, questioning and researching things especially today when we're bombarded with food advertising and marketing. We are in control of ourselves and we can be whoever we want! Unhealthy and unfulfilled :( OR healthy and happy! :) 

Health articles & YouTuber's I recommend:
  • Psych Truth (YouTube) - This is a great video I watched whilst researching! 
  • Life Regenerator (YouTube) - focused on importance of raw fruits & veggies 
  • Tone It Up (YouTube) - two beautiful ladies focused on health & fitness 


Tumblr Healthy Food & Fitness Blogs (great for motivation & inspiration!)

My Previous Health Videos:
- 5 Tips to Get Healthy http://youtu.be/Ka3gaRTFxvA
- 3 Healthy Snack/Lunch Ideas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFevDu0NVFo
- My Workout Routine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rWFjovS3D0
- My Weight Loss Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW52X7TonQE

45 comments:

  1. Great post! Definitely inspiration to get healthy and find better ways to fix the cravings (:
    xo

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  2. Great post Annie! I agree that it's so important to approach beauty from health, and you do a great job of sending this message! For me, it's super helpful to incorporate healthy fats into my diet; good for your skin, heart, brain and for staving off cravings!

    x Ellie @ Ellalogy 

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  3. Thanks for this Annie I really needed this! xxxxxx

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  4. I couldn't agree more with everything you said! I majored in biopsychology, and you basically summarized everything related to health psychology and physiology perfectly in a practical way. I love your blog :)

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  5. Thank you for the motivation. Love your posts, and videos!

    God bless :)

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  6. Your such a beautiful and inspirational person Annie. I have to ask though, do you ever treat yourself to a sweet? I always try to be as healthy as I can, but sometimes i can't resist a piece of chocolate.
    Much love xx

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  7. Great post with useful tips, inspiriting to follow a healthy food chain, maintain the body and live healthy.

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  8. Thank you for this post :)
    I always need a lot of motivation to reach my goals - you are a real motivation for me :)
    Regards from Austria <3

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  9. I always read all your advice and all the food you post is always very inviting.
    you have a very interesting blog.
    if you want visit mine...www.fashionhabitude.blogspot.com
    xoxo dalila

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  10. Fantastic post! I'd like to add that hormones - stress induced and/or developmental are a huge factor too :)

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  11. Love it! You inspire me every day, thanks so much!! In love, Sabrina

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  12. you should study nutrition and health!! you are perfect for that!

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  13. Cool, i love your post and i am excited to watch your video :)
    I love Cola and can´t keep away this unhealthy drink :( Your tipps are great like this idea with water and fruits in it!
    And the picture of your Video is BIG Motivation :))
    xoxo <3

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  14. Thank you so much Annie :) Very helpful and motivating :)
    Eating Healthy is definitely my favourite topic since I know your blog :)
    I just wish I had more time to really eat healthy.
    Maybe you can do a video on that, with tips how to eat healthy when your days are stressful and you are working all day...
    that would be very helpful :) thank you,
    Love you <3
    Vanessa

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  15. I'm a type 2 diabetic and I've always struggled with with weight issues. Thanks for the inspiration, it's really helpful knowing that with a little research and knowledge I can maintain a healthy blood glucose. It's an everyday battle for me so when I see you make videos like this it brightens my day and motivates me to do better :)

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  16. thank you annie i always wondered why i keep craving for bad food i will definetely follow your tips :) you are great :))

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  17. Honestly, you are so amazing. Inner and outer super gorgeous, that's what you are!!
    Thank you so much for this video! It really motivates me! :)
    Random question; is the plant behind you a real orchid or something?
    Even if not I really like it!
    XXXXX

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  18. omg thankyou so much annie! this was exactly what i needed because i was failing my diet a bit ;(
    I'm totally motivated again! thankyou so so much , you're wonderful, keep this stuff coming up! xoxo from belgium!

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  19. Great post Annie ! A French fan :)

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  20. This is so helpful Thank you so much:) I have had trouble with this alot. I end up eating really healthy during the week but my cravings just take over towards the end of the week. So it is nice to see what foods will prevent this...I so appreciate it! Much love

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  21. Wow ..What an amazing post. What a breath of fresh air you are also.

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  22. Hello Annie, i've been watching your videos for quiet a long time now, but today i decided to leave a comment.
    I'm a recent graduated Medical Doctor from Portugal and i really think that you enbody what a healthy life style means. Everything you said is correct and precise with science, in an easy way for everyone to understand. :) it's easy to see how people get inspired by you. :) you give such a good, happy vibe, it's adorable! :) (and you are stunning, may i say)
    hope you keep up with the good work and inspire a lot more people on healthier lives.

    p.s- i'd love to meet you if you come to Portugal one day. (we have a lot of good and healthy food here for you to try and incorporate in your diet)
    beijo*

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  23. Hey Annie! I love your blog and youtube channel! I really want to recommend " the beauty detox solution" by Kimberly Snyder, she is a celebrity nutritionist. I think you would love it and that it would teach you a lot. I know that because like me, you're passionate about nutrition and you're also one of the few people that highlights the link between nutrition and beauty. This book ( she has a youtube channel and a blog if you're unsure) taught me everything I know and It's a true lifechanger. Her diet is based on greens, fruit, juicing and lots of avocados ( i've noticed you like those) so definetely give it a look!
    xoxoxo

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  24. Hi super guru annie. I love this great post!.. & I'm agree and interested like you about healthy. Because some people to overlooked and about eating healthy foods. "yes keep good foods in your fridge you will eat good food" and not forget to exercise! Great information have blog, link and useful tips. nice Illustration about adrenal blood sugar!.
    LOVE THIS! Thank you for guide again. Annie super guru of beautylife O:)

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  25. Your post is very powerful, I love how positive you are and the good messages that you are sending out to your readers! Keep up with the good work!

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  26. Thank you so much for this Annie. Very informative. Have you read David Wolfe's book 'Eating for Beauty'? I've just finished reading it and loved it so much! If you have not, please do and I also recommend for all your readers.

    Also, I've just started a new fashion blog: thegoldbunny.wordpress.com - please have a look?

    Thank you for being so inspirational. I think you're beautiful inside and out. xx

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  27. Thank you Annie! Your power is motivation me to workout! I workout every day 15-20 minute,and I feel amazing! :) This post is very interesting! I decided to eat healthy, I will! :)

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  28. annie THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORDS AND FOR YOUR POWER YOU GIVE TO ALL OF US!!!
    besos :-*

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  29. Love the positive message of this blog post!x

    http://luxenoirbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  30. This post is very helpful ! Annie, you are the best guru on YT ! But can you do more videos and a room tour please ?

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  31. Thank you Annie, I love this kind of videos! You give me so much inspiration! If you have some yummy healthy recipes to share that would be great!:) And I also wondering what you work with, how do you get all this information that you share? How do your apartment look like, need some interiorinspiration:) hope you can answear My questions:) kisses from Sweden!

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  32. Annie, you are an amazing motivational mentor! Thank you for teaching your viewers about the importance of eating healthily and staying physically active. You have been a great guide on my becoming a balanced being. Thank you for your moral support!

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  33. You make it sound so easy to eat healthy food, but quite frankly a lot of people can't afford healthy food.
    It would be nice to see some depth to your personality. You make everything look so picture perfect and lavish.

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  34. Hi Annie! Your posts really inspires me! When i first time saw your blog i was amazed how beautiful,healthy and happy you look and that inspires me to eat well and exercise :) can you maybe take a look at my health inspired blog www.chase-your-skinny-dreams.tumblr.com thank you! and can you maybe make post or video how to deal with lack of self-esteem, bullying,insecurities and depression? i really want to change my life and im looking foward to it but these problems tie me everyday.

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  35. Annie can you please tell me what was the name of the book you told us a while ago. It was about staying positive and leaving a happy life. I've been feeling down lately and I need something good to read to keep myself motivated and positive. I was trying to find on your blog, but can't :( Please let me know, I would really appreciate it :D Thanks!! <3

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  36. Annie have you tried Amaranth? It's very very healthy and tastes so good in a yoghurt or in my fruit salad with mango banana and coconutmilk!
    xx

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  37. very informative post annie. great effort!


    http://beyourselfenjoylife.blogspot.com/

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  38. OMG one of the most inspirational videos from a beautiful beauty guru!!

    -Sarah
    The Weekend Diary

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  39. You are really a good motivator. This post inspires me a lot. Thanks for sharing this detailed article for everyone.

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  40. thank you so much for the tips. I just recently started following your youtube channel.. Keep encourgement alive..

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  41. MY theory on healthy food is:

    1. Only eat things you made yourself that feature mainly vegetables, a little fruit and a small amount of meat. Premade foods have had the life sucked out of them - I wonder what they do to make some things last as long as they do... Think: should a last as long as the sell by date says? If the answer is no, don't buy it!
    2. Avoid premade sauces - sooo bad for you
    3. eat meat once every 1 to 2 days
    4. Avoid all fats, except meat fat (the exception to the rule is dairy, which I try to have a yoghurt every 1 or 2 days)
    5. No processed foods / meats... Think: why is the meat product cheaper than the raw ingredients when it costs money to process it? The reason: you wouldn't want to eat that no matter how much it cost, so they have to trick you. Would you eat rancid meat or other nasties that they process into something to make it presentable?
    6. Avoid oils. People believe that some oils are good for you, like olive oil... Eat foods that contain lots of oil for a week and see how you feel. We believe oil is good for us because of marketing; it isn't good for you.
    7. Avoid sugars unless it comes naturally in something like fruit, in which case it's unavoidable. If you remove added sugar from your diet, after about a month you will stop craving it!
    8. A bit of salt is ok... it's actually required!
    9. Finally, drink lots of water.

    Those are some of the rules I live by and it works really well. I've been experimenting with my diet for several years now, seeing what effect different things have on my body and how this is reflected in my mood, sex drive, performance in sport, alertness and stamina has been facinating. I hope this helps you.

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  42. Everytime I watch your blog I want to workout :D I love this post :) Thank you !

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  43. Awesome Video! This helped me tremendously...

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  44. Hi Annie!! I have a question for you- how do you manage to exclude alcohol from your diet? (And do you?) Personally I find that when I drink any alcohol I tend to eat more bad foods. Have you got the same problem? How do you manage? Oh and by the way- thanks to you I included beans in my diet. They are so satisfying and good for you. And bravo for all your inspirational work. Yours. Susannah

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