How to Manage Cravings for Bread When You’re Dieting

We all have an Achilles’ heel when it comes to dieting. Some people can stay on their weight loss plans until they get a whiff of peanut butter — and then they dive into the jar until they find themselves scraping the sides. Others can resist all temptation unless they’re confronted with creamy, cold, sweet ice cream — and then there’s no stopping.

Managing Bread Cravings

 

But for some dieters, that pretty bread basket spells DANGER! Comforting, chewy bread tastes so good, and seems so innocent – and then you find yourself smoothing the fifth layer of butter on the fifth slice of toast and realize: You derailed from your diet.

Here are our top tips for managing your beloved bread when you’re on a diet:

Wheat-Free and Gluten-Free Options

Whether it’s celiac disease, a sensitivity or your personal taste, you may need or want to set a goal of avoiding wheat and other substances containing gluten.

Try it and see if you feel fine with just one serving with a healthy option such as Ener-G Light Gluten Free Tapioca Loaf or even make-your-own Bob’s Red Mill Wonderful Gluten-Free Bread Mix.

No Bread Options

But is going gluten-free the answer for you — or do you feel that you do better bypassing bread completely?

If you decide to ban bread, try these tips:

  • Lettuce wraps make a low-carb, low-calorie substitute for bread while adding vitamins, fiber and minerals. Try a sturdy choice such as Romaine lettuce.
  • Slice raw zucchini the long way and make a “sandwich” that’s full of nutrition and crunch.
  • Use low-carb crackers made of cheese such as Kitchen Table Bakers Aged Original Parmesan Crisps.
  • Try gluten-free crackers that are all-natural, such as Foods Alive Organic Flax.

Diet Diva

Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com,Natural Healthmagazine,Shapemagazine,Successmagazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site,Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.

About Diet Diva

Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com, Natural Health magazine, Shape magazine, Success magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site, Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.

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