Seven Ways to Beat Your Cravings
How often do you get a craving and consider it a real pain?! Whether it’s for salty foods, something sweet …caffeine, spicy foods …or maybe it’s something to relieve boredom …or a hug. Cravings come in all shapes and sizes which is why we often mis-read the signals and reach for the chocolate bar or chips to shut them down!
There’s good news though because cravings are actually our body’s way of telling us what it needs to feel balanced and healthy. In a word, they can be our friends. Usually, they come in two forms:
:: Physical …for example salt cravings can often suggest a mineral deficiency
:: Emotional …the root cause might be a stressful job or an unhappy relationship but we reach for chocolate as a quick fix. Chocolate is never going to fix that!
One of the easiest ways to figure out what’s going on is to truly figure out why we’re experiencing certain cravings and one of the best tools to work with on this is a food and symptoms diary or food and mood journal:
:: What am I craving for?
:: How strong is my craving (on a scale of 1-10)?
:: Note the time of craving…
:: Is there something I could give my body that will nourish it more (than bread or cake for instance)?
:: What do I really need? Will food truly fulfill this?
:: How will I feel in five minutes, two hours or next day if I eat or drink what I’m craving right now?
Remember you’re in charge here. Following through with every craving you have isn’t a pre-requisite.
Here are seven little tips to help you on your way…
Tip #1: Clean up your diet. A detox is always a good way to draw a line on old patterns around food. It creates a new starting point and cleanses the palate too. Remember though it doesn’t have to be extreme, or expensive, rather a focus on a simple, toxin-free diet that gives your digestive systems a rest…
Tip #2: Make sure you get enough sleep and start out with a breakfast that helps to stabilise your blood sugar levels …get that right and experience less cravings through your day. Here’s a favourite smoothie recipe which’ll help make this happen! Hope you enjoy and do let me know what you think!!
Tip #3: Just add vegetables! – it’s a great way to crowd out foods that don’t add value …instead give your body dark leafy greens like kale, spinach, broccoli etc. Squash, sweet potatoes, bell peppers all give your body a sweet fix too – all food affects blood sugar by 30% but sweet veggies will keep this to a minimum …unlike table sugar which’ll send it through the roof!
Tip #4: Add clean protein. Why? …because it’s a great appetite suppressant and it naturally crowds out cravings. It also produces dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain which makes us feel vital and alert. We all need different amounts, so it’s well worth playing with quantities to make sure you’re getting the right amount for you!
Tip #5: Upgrade your chocolate habits …did you know that cocao contains the most antioxidants of any food on the planet + high levels of magnesium, iron, chromium, zinc, vitamin C + feel good chemicals; phenylethylamine and anadamide + powerful mood enhancing nutrients like tryptophan and serotonin! Yup, use good quality ingredients and it’s delicious and nutritious …and guilt-free!
Tip #6: Buy a tongue scraper. That’s it, just do that. It scrapes food residues from the tongue and the less they linger, the less cravings we have for more of what’s we’ve just eaten! Brushing your teeth can be a good alternative too…
Tip #7: Drink more water. Staying hydrated helps us think clearly, concentrate and make good decisions. If you’re feeling fuzzy headed or experiencing headaches for instance try having a glass of water because you could be dehydrated. Water also flushes out toxins, crowds out cravings and it can act as an appetite suppressant too. Remember herbal and green teas count too, as do salads, fruit and veggies because they have a high fluid content.
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