Water- although water is not truly a food it is an essential part of any nutrition plan and we often mistake hunger for dehydration. Sometimes just getting in a couple of cups of water may reduce a craving while nourishing the body. We tend to crave salty foods like crackers, chips or fried foods if we are dehydrated. Everyone should aim to drink at least half of their body weight in ounces of alkaline water per day. This will help people that have cravings for drugs or alcohol, by helping them avoid foods that stimulate the opiate receptors.
Grape Fruit– Grapefruit is a natural appetite suppressant. The high amounts of fiber contained in this fruit can also satisfy hunger and help people avoid the temptation to overeat, since it is a bulky food. It stimulates cholecystokinin to be released, a hormone that regulates digestive juices and acts as a hunger suppressant.
Lemons/Limes: These can be consumed by adding the natural juices to plain water. Lemons and Limes are one of the most alkaline foods which helps optimize the body’s pH balance(which is almost always too acidic while reducing inflammation. When there is a reduction in inflammation, the body has a better ability to regulate insulin levels, resulting in reduced cravings, especially for those foods high in sugar. This will also help people that have a drug or alcohol abuse problem or an inclination to take drugs or alcohol.
Healthy Fats- such as nuts, seeds, nut butters, avocados, and oils can be used to help curb your appetite. Fat in it’s most natural form (foods listed here) will help keep the body feeling full and satisfied, resulting in less cravings. Healthy fats are also very good for the brain since the brain is made mostly of healthy fat cells.
High quality protein- should be consumed in moderation throughout the entire day, including chicken, fish, grass fed beef, turkey, eggs, etc. Protein contains amino acids that help repair and boost the immune system. If the body lacks enough protein, you may have foods cravings, ultimately resulting in weight gain and poor quality food decisions.