Several doctors who have studied the effects of a low carb diet on the body have recommended that if you consume less than sixty grams of carbs a day, you need to increase your sodium intake by two to three grams (that’s a lot when you’re talking about salt!). So when you feel that craving for salty foods coming on, don’t ignore it! Try to satisfy the craving by consuming salt in a healthy and natural way (many of the recipes below will help you!). If the craving persists, visit your doctor and see what they have to say about your salty craving in conjunction with your low carb diet.
Another thing to mention is that when you start eating low carb, your liver no longer holds on to excess sodium as it use to. Instead, it flushes the sodium out frequently. If you have a high carb diet, this encourages your liver to retain salt but when you have a lower carb intake, your body naturally excretes the salt. This is called the “natriuresis of fasting’ and is something that hunter-gatherer cultures have seemed to evolve to compensate for. These cultures where processed foods are nonexistent and diets are naturally low in carbs have a high sodium intake. You should take a page from the books of these ancient cultures and abide by your bodies need for salt!
Just as with a salt craving, a sugar craving is one that won’t go away unless it is satisfied. If you try to ignore your desire for something sweet then the pressure to eat sweet foods will only grown stronger. It is not a bad thing to “give in” to cravings and, in fact, it can be unhealthy not to. If you keep avoiding sweets then you will keep thinking about sweets and wanting them badly. However, even if you wanted to just have a small something sweet to help you through the say, what would you be able to eat on a low carb diet?
If you are choosing to try a low carb diet, then traditional sugar is off the list. Of course, you may know by now that there are so many sweetener options that are low carb diet approved. So when you are feeling the need for sweet, you can easily reach for one of these! In fact, you can find many recipes for sweet, low carb treats below which we will talk about even more soon!
So we have covered the two most popular cravings that people have when on a low carb diet and just throughout life in general (everyone wants sweets and everyone wants salty!). Now, it is time to start making your own snacks to satisfy these needs! The recipes here are not only all low carb but they are also full of flavor. There are sweet treats as well as perfectly salty snacks and you can feel good about eating all of them- they all fit into your diet! No need to ignore those food cravings anymore with these drool-worthy snacks.