Spices to Control Your Holiday Cravings!

Just 11 days from a new year, we are heading into the very heart of holiday season. By now you may be feeling out of sorts with all the eating and drinking opportunities this time of year provides, thinking ahead to New Years day when you can begin to regain control again. But don’t throw in the towel just yet! There is so much you can do right now to stabilize your blood sugar and appetite so that the next 10 days aren’t a free for all.

If you watched my video on habits to stabilize your blood sugar, you’ll know that a stable blood sugar is the key to controlling appetite and cravings. If this is out of whack from too many desserts or helpings of bread, you are going to struggle to regain control. That’s why when we start eating desserts, it’s hard to stop.

But getting your blood sugar back on track isn’t difficult and only requires a few key shifts in your habits, as you will see when you check out the archived video. But I have another helpful video today that will also help to get you to your goal.

Today I am going to share with you some spices you can include in your diet to help control cravings. Whether it’s sugar or salt cravings, you likely have a spice in your cupboard that can be helpful. Additionally, some of these spices also aid in digestion and fat burning, so tune in so you can learn how to best use them for maximum benefit.

In addition, you can also check out foods you can eat and supplements you can take to stabilize your blood sugar. These videos were posted a while back but can be very helpful right now. You can still enjoy the delicious foods of the holidays but if you engage the tips in all of these videos, one event won’t throw you off track for days.

Once you watch the video above, I’d love to hear from you! Do you use the spices mentioned in this video in your cooking? If so, have you noticed the impact they have on cravings and appetite? I know when I start my day with a chai I not only have more energy, but my appetite is also more consistent. It’s also a lovely way to warm myself up in the morning. Let me know what your experience is in the comments below.

Wishing you all lots of love and peace this holiday season!

Chai Spiced Tea


  • 3 parts cinnamon
  • 1 part turmeric
  • 1 part cardamon pods
  • 1 part fennel seeds
  • 1 part whole cloves
  • Grated ginger


  • Mix all but the ginger in a mortar and pestle, crushing the spices and blending them well.
  • Bring water to a boil in a quart pot. Grate about 2 inches of fresh ginger and add to the pot and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes. Strain and use this as a base to make your tea.
  • Steep an English Breakfast Tea in hot ginger water in a nice big mug. Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of spice mixture. Add hot vanilla, unsweetened almond milk and enjoy!

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13 comments on “Spices to Control Your Holiday Cravings!

  1. AvatarTeresa

    Hello. What a wonderful video. Thank you. Can’t wait to try making my own Chai Tea. Wishing you an amazing New Year. XXOO. Teresa

  2. AvatarKate

    Hi Barbara and Merry Christmas to you! I sometimes have trouble with heartburn after I eat Indian food and I feel like it is from these spices…..any ideas?

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      It could also be from the heaviness of Indian food, the oils, the dairy…. I find that when I eat Indian in a restaurant it’s hard to digest. The only way to know would be to try the chai tea and see if the same thing happens and/or make your own Indian food 🙂
      Like I mentioned in the video, making my own Indian food is on the agenda for the coming year because I love it but don’t love how restaurant food leaves me feeling…

  3. AvatarMary

    I occasionally enjoy a cup of tea, but I’m hypothyroid and have read that tea can disrupt thyroid function. Any thoughts on this? I also avoid raw cruciferous vegetables as a rule, but have recently been eating a small kale salad a few times a week (the garlicky kale salad from Whole Foods). Mistake?

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Hi Mary~
      You’d have to drink tons of tea to ave it adversely affect your thyroid. Well beyond a cup a day. As for kale, having it a couple of times a week is fine. You’d have to have raw cruciferous vegetables every day for it to be problematic. I hope this helps!

  4. AvatarDebbie

    You asked if we used these spices. I don’t use them in chai, although I’ll definitely give your recipe a try – because I’ve tried them in the past in chai and haven’t got the ratio correct.

    But – I do juice fresh turmeric root and fresh ginger root daily in my green juice. Love that I can find them and use them this way! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

    DebB *Ü*

  5. AvatarElizabeth Camden

    I brew my morning coffee with cinnamon, add cinnamon to my unflavored oatmeal, and add turmeric, cinnamon and cloves to plain Greek yogurt. Plus, I often enjoy Indian cuisine.

  6. AvatarGyeong-hoon Cho

    Hello Barbara Mendez!
    So glad to watch this video for I had some questions about spices today long!
    My questions are about garlic and black pepper which I read two articles about these today.

    One is, is garlic helpful or harmful for the people who have liver problem . especially for liver (hepatic) cancer patient.

    Two is, Is it right that substance In black pepper increases bioavailability of beneficial turmeric compounds?

    What is your opinion?

    The links of two articles I read are below.

    1.Stop Using Garlic If You Are in These 6 Types of People

    2.Substance In Black Pepper Increases Bioavailability Of Beneficial Turmeric Compounds by 2000% – Herbs Info

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Hello Gyeong-hoon!
      You’d have to eat a lot of garlic to have those side effects. The article even says, “an exaggerated use of garlic” so if you have modest amounts it should be totally fine. As for black pepper, it does indeed enhance the absorption of turmeric. You can certainly add a tiny pinch of black pepper to your chai to help with that.
      Hope you are well!

  7. AvatarLisa Dawn

    i recently started adding 1/4″ piece of fresh turmeric + a pinch of cinnamon in my morning smoothie. this along with almond milk, cacao powder, dates, a pinch of vanilla, hemp seeds, flax meal, frozen bananas and blueberries and kale. i have no cravings. at all. and i used to crave chocolate after every meal. also, my blood sugar feels stable all day and my appetite is quite even.i feel great overall! i think this morning brew sets me up perfectly for the day, for the winter, and for overall health!


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