Do you catch yourself giving in to cravings? Hating yourself after enjoying your guilty pleasure? Yeah....me too. But it doesn’t happen as much as it used to thanks to a few lessons I’ve learned from all my reading and courses.
Let me share you what has worked with me. And if this works for you, please share this to a friend. I really wanna impact as many people as possible :)
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Out of sight, out of mind.
When your stock up on chips, chocolate bars, and ice cream for a rainy day, guess what everyday becomes a rainy day. First of all, don’t stock up. If you have a sweet craving, it’s better for you to go to the nearest convenience store (your body will thank you for it) than if you go to the nearest cupboard.
If you have to stock up, keep it out of sight. Don’t put it front and center in your fridge. Keep it at the very bottom of your fridge, in the fruit chiller. That way, you will forget you even had it.
Sometimes we eat mistaken thirst for hunger. If you just ate a couple of hours ago, you just might be thirsty. Your body craves food because most natural foods have a lot of water in it. Think of fruits an vegetables. So have a big glass of water, drink it slowly and give yourself a few minutes. You’ll notice the urge to eat will subside.
If you crave sweets, listen to it by having a healthy smoothie or a fruit bowl. If you crave something salty, instead of opening a bag of chips, make your own baked root vegetables and add Himalayan sea salts, which is high in minerals. If you’re craving for something fatty, have some mixed nuts, avocados, or peanut butter.
If you track your food intake with a food journal, you can start to see cravings is a way for your body to tell you need a certain type of food assuming you choose the healthy, unprocessed kind of food cravings. Your body is smart, it tells you things you need. Just listen to it and provide it unbastardized food.
Practice mindful eating.
In this day and age, we are all guilty of eating with our smartphones which makes us savor our food less. This means we eat too fast, we don’t taste the salt, sweet, fatty cravings we have.
Not only that but when we eat mindlessly, we take big bites and chew less which means our taste buds, our body, and our mind gets to enjoy the healthy meals we laborously prepped, planned, and cooked for our fitness goals.
Take your time when you eat. This is a multi sensory indulgence - enjoy, relax, unwind, and savor your happy, healthy meals.
Manage stress eating
Sometimes we eat because we’re stressed. And we are stressed because we don’t know how to manage multiples stimuli happening in our workday and our personal lives. We stress eat because our brain goes on overdrive to figure out how to handle the stress by thinking of solutions or stressing even more because of stress itself.
We stress eat because our brain needs glucose to think and what better way to get glucose than to eat junk food high in processed sugar, starches, fat, and salt. Hence stress eating gives us cravings. Ways to stop stress eating are to practice meditation, deep breathing to reset the mind and body, breaking down the tasks into manageable action items and finding other stress relievers like exercise, a good run, or taking a walk to replace stress eating.
This might sound counterproductive but it makes a lot of sense when you think about it. When you eat before you’re hungry, you choose the healthier meals. When you arrive to a restaurant hungry, you are more likely to eat the salty, fatty, sweet dishes. So eat before you’re hungry. Depending on how fast your metabolism is and how fit you are, it takes three to four hours to digest our last meal.
I hope these tips have helped. Till next time!
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