Happy 2021! Happy New Year!
Let’s welcome this year with new hope, a new mindset, and a healthier YOU!
My goal this year is to help over 1000 people to overcome cravings and emotional eating, improve their health, and learn to have a better relationship with food and their body.
Is your goal this year to overcome your cravings and improve your health?
If so read further to learn more about cravings and how to overcome them in 2021.
If you ask around, these are the top American foods people crave:
Rich ice cream
Chocolate chip cookies
Macaroni and cheese
Is yours part of the list?
Let’s go ahead and understand what is food craving and what you can do about it, shall we?
First, what is a food craving?
A food craving is an intense desire for a specific food. This desire can seem uncontrollable, and a person may feel as though they cannot satisfy their hunger until they get that particular food. Usually, it is not related to real hunger.
So, what causes food cravings?
Food craving may be caused by a variety of physical or emotional factors. It may also be a sign of hormonal imbalances, digestive issues, high-stress levels, or a lack of sleep or physical activity.
And what can we do to stop food cravings?
1. Bebe tu agua (Drink your water) – get hydrated, thirst can be mistaken for hunger. The moment cravings hit, drink a tall glass of water and wait for 5-10 minutes. Your cravings may dissolve because you might just be thirsty.
2. Pack on proteins – having more proteins (and less carbs) may lessen your appetite, keep your blood sugar stable and may stop you from overeating thus helping you feel full and satisfied longer.
3. Keep your cravings at bay – When cravings hit, make a conscious effort to get away from it. Keep your distance. Try walking, keeping yourself busy with a task or simply chewing a (stevia sweetened) gum.
4. Go for meal plans – Going on a meal plan is not just for your cravings, but also a great way to reduce temptation, save money, lessen stress and reduce preparation time. Checkout my meal plans (just click the button below)
5. Mind your tummy – As much as possible, do not let your body reach an extreme hunger point, because being overly hungry can lead to overeating and more cravings. It’s always best to have a healthy snack on hand. Nuts and vegetable sticks are healthy go-to snacks.
6. Get enough shut eye – Our hormones that fluctuate throughout the day are largely affected by our appetite and not having enough sleep may lead to poor appetite regulation and strong cravings. The ideal amount of sleep for adults is 7 to 9 hours.
7. Mind your plates – Inadequate amount of key nutrients may cause food cravings; therefore, you have to eat proper meals and provide your body the key nutrients it needs. make sure you have enough fiber, protein, healthy fats and non-processed carbs.
8. Find your purpose – Often food is used to replace a missing purpose, boredom, a negative emotion, limiting beliefs or some trauma from past. Look for what you are really hungry for and start filling that hunger with something else than food.
In summary, cravings can be controlled if you are aware of the causes and the steps to reduce your cravings. Keep an eye on your cravings and never downplay the possibility of binge eating, weight gain, and food addiction.
I would be more than happy to discuss other tried and tested ways to deal with cravings. Reach me through a coffee chat now.