Are you struggling with finding a way to stop mindless eating? Do you find yourself reaching for certain food items for no good reason? Do you find you crave something sweet at the end of each meal? Do you require an afternoon pick me upper?
Have you noticed Tigernuts in the grocery store? If you are willing to try this item, I am sure you are able to decrease and/or stop your frequency of mindless eating. Why? Have you heard of the saying “Chew each bite of food 30-50 times”? With a tigernut, I am sure you are going to use your muscles in your jaw very well. Perhaps you will not be able to chew 30 times; however, it’s going to take a while before you can swallow a tiger nut. With the amount of chewing required to eat a tigernut, my hope is that you will tune into your body and listen to what your body is telling you. Are you actually hungry or are you satisfied?
What is a Tigernut?
Although you may think that a tigernut is part of the nuts/seeds family, a tigernut is actually part of the tuber family. Tigernuts is a great source of fibre (1/4 c will contain ~10 grams of fibre). As a friendly reminder, the average female will require 25 grams of fibre/day whereas the average male will require 38 grams of fibre per day.
What type of fibre can tigernuts specifically give you? It’s resistant fibre also known as prebiotic fibre. As we are still getting through winter, we all want to build strong immune systems. I am sure you have heard of probiotic bacteria. In order for the probiotic bacteria which help to better our immune systems to function better, probiotic bacteria need prebiotic fibre to function better. Prebiotic fibre can be found in foods such as asparagus, banana, onions, garlic and leeks as well as whole grains. You could use these other fibre rich vegetables and/or fruits to help cut down on your craving; however, none of the listed above fruits or vegetables have the power of tigernuts in terms of forcing you to chew. These little balls are extra chewy! 🙂
As a member of the tuber family (i.e. same family as sweet potatoes), this is a food safe for anyone with nut allergies. If you are willing to try tigernuts, you will find that it will take some time to chew through these little wrinkly balls BUT through the chewing process, you will find a hint of sweetness to these little tubers. Be sure to have a glass of water beside you because after chewing through 5 or 6 tigernuts, you are surely going to want some water.
Food For Thought: How badly do you want to stop mindless eating? From a scale of 1-10, how motivated are you? If you gave yourself a score of 1, this would mean you are not very motivated to make this change; however, if you gave yourself 10, go pick up a bag of tigernuts the next time you are at the retailer. This item is at a higher price point; however, given the amount of tigernuts you will be able to stomach each time, this little bag will last you a good amount of time. Spring into action! What are you waiting for? Start the change now!