The following foods will help you get rid of alcohol cravings and will make it easier to quit drinking altogether. Besides focusing on specific foods, you can adopt eating strategies that reduce cravings. An example is “mindful eating,” which simply means slowing down and eating regularly.
Peanut butter. Yes, we’ve officially given you an excuse to eat more Peanut Butter. Nuts and nut pastes (especially brazil nuts) are good sources of dietary fiber, vitamin B and protein, which contains amino acids that are essential for the production of dopamine, a key neurotransmitter associated with mood and the feeling of well-being. Other sources of such proteins include beans, tofu and dairy products.
Fish. Salmon and tuna and mackerel are loaded with protein and vitamin D, which has been shown to decrease depression and stabilize mood. Coldwater fish such as salmon and mackerel are also full of healthy polyunsaturated fats and are among the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to decrease depression, regulate mood and improve cognitive function — all of which could work to reduce cravings.
100% whole-grain bread: When you stop drinking, your body will crave the sugar it got used to receive from alcohol. The complex carbs found in whole-grain bread metabolize slowly and kill sugar cravings for longer. Whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, oats, faro, barley also provide a lot of nutritional benefits as they contain protein, unsaturated fats, vitamins and minerals.
Raw greens. Spinach and parsley provide vitamins, minerals and fiber, and help regulate metabolism. They also contain L-glutamine, an amino acid that decreases anxiety and reduces cravings. However, it’s important to note that spinach and parsley should be eaten raw, as L-glutamine breaks down during the cooking process.
Plain organic yogurt. Yogurt doesn’t only contain probiotics that promote gut health, it also contains calcium and vitamin D. Calcium and vitamin D are also well-absorbed from cow, soy and almond milk. Other sources of vitamin D include cheese, fruit, legumes and dark leafy greens.
Bananas. Heavy alcohol consumption causes short-term euphoria, but over time it reduces levels of the mood-boosting brain chemical dopamine. Reduction in dopamine can cause cravings. Bananas and sunflower seeds raise dopamine levels naturally. In addition, the B vitamins in bananas increase serotonin levels, another neurotransmitter that reduces depression and anxiety.
Walnuts. Walnuts, especially English walnuts, are loaded with protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Flex and Chia seeds are also excellent sources of fiber and antioxidants.