Controlling Cravings

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What I adore about being a registered dietitian is the fact that nutrition science evolves daily. I constantly learn about my passion and get to share the fascinating research in a fun way.

A common goal for many of my clients is finding ways to control a craving. Can you relate? If so, put yourself in this scenario:

You crave a little something extra after dinner, per usual, and satisfy the uber healthy way.

High five for super-food swapping! However that “snack” just added up to as many calories as a fourth meal, deterring your weight loss goals. I stumbled upon a super-intriguing research article that suggests bad belly bacteria may be to blame for your food cravings!

Here’s the deal: Bad gut bacteria affects our mood and impacts our hormones, therefore we can’t justify the fact that cravings are only a matter of self-control. Instead, cravings may be a result from the army of bad bugs in our gut!

Here’s the fix: Become a fermented foodie. Boost your beneficial bacteria army so you can overcome the “bad guys” and conquer cravings for good. Add a daily dose of probiotic powerhouses with the inspiration below:

  • Make coconut yogurt (fermented coconut milk) the base of a breakfast parfait. Layer with oats, berries & nuts.
  • Top cooked grains with a dollop of Kimchi (fermented cabbage) & a fried egg.
  • Celebrate happy hour kombucha (fermented tea) style.
  • To spruce up salads, add a miso (fermented soybeans) tahini dressing. Simply mix miso paste with tahini and warm water.

Blog courtesy of Fitness Formula Clubs Registered Dietitian Jessica Dogert RD, LDN, CPT. Contact Jessica at jdogert@ffc.com.