The following foods will help you get rid of alcohol cravings and will make it easier for you 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.
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. Protein 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.
Salmon, tuna, and mackerel contain 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 these could work to reduce cravings.
100% whole-grain bread.
When you stop drinking, your body will crave the sugar it got used to receiving 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, farro, and barley also provide a lot of nutritional benefits as they contain protein, unsaturated fats, vitamins, and minerals.
Spinach and parsley provide vitamins, minerals, and fiber, besides helping in metabolism regulation. They also contain L-glutamine, an amino acid that decreases anxiety and reduces cravings. However, it’s important to eat spinach and parsley raw as L-glutamine breaks down during the cooking process.
Plain organic yogurt.
Yogurt doesn’t only contain probiotics that promote gut health, but 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.
Heavy alcohol consumption causes short-term euphoria. However, over time it reduces the level of dopamine, the mood-boosting brain chemical. A reduction in dopamine can cause cravings. Bananas and sunflower seeds raise dopamine levels naturally. Also, the B vitamins in bananas increase serotonin levels, another neurotransmitter that reduces depression and anxiety.
Walnuts, especially English walnuts, are loaded with protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Flax and Chia seeds are also excellent sources of fiber and antioxidants.