Skip to main content
take the reality check diet analysis take the reality check diet analysis

Diet Solutions

Have a question about diets like the Mediterranean diet, South Beach Diet, or Zone Diet? Would you like to learn more about creating a low-sodium, diabetes, or gluten-free diet? You've come to the right place!

Having Cravings? Eat This Instead

The most common symptom of a dysfunctional metabolism is a craving for sweets or carbohydrates. Do you find yourself desperately craving either something soft and sweet, such as chocolate chip cookies, or something crunchy and salty, maybe potato chips or pretzels?

Having Cravings? Eat This Instead

Cravings can actually be suppressed by drinking water or distracting your brain by doing a simple task. However, if you just can't seem to fight those cravings, here is a list of some unhealthy food cravings replaced with healthier options.

Craving chocolate? Eat almonds or cashews!

Craving sugary foods or sweets? Eat broccoli or grapes!

Craving bread? Eat high protein foods!

Craving oily/fatty snacks? Eat broccoli or cheese!

Craving alcohol? Eat oatmeal!

You crave the very foods you know you shouldn't eat because your starving cells send distress signals to other cells, which in turn respond by producing hormones, chemical messages to the brain that compel you to eat the kind of starchy carbohydrates that can quickly deliver sugar into your bloodstream. Insulin drives your appetite, and when your cells are unable to get the glucose they need, they respond with a vengeance.

Beyond making these changes, you can treat your dysfunctional metabolism.

Christy Zagarella's Photo
Written By Christy Zagarella, MS, RDN. Published on October 29, 2015. Updated on October 29, 2015.


Follow @bistroMD

Theme picker

as seen on...
Dr Phil
Lifetime Network
The Biggest Loser
The Doctors