We’ve all felt it. That irritable sensation of hanger that makes you say, “I would kill for ____!!!”Let’s talk (or read) about cravings.
What do I crave? Let’s see…dark chocolate, avocado toast, guacamole, greek yogurt, mangoes… And of course the unhealthy: cookies, chocolate cake, brownies, ice cream, pita chips (the last one’s debatable I guess)
Of course, not everyone has cravings. But studies show that nearly 100% of women and 70% of men have cravings. So what is to blame for this global hanger?
- Memory areas of our brain which associate food with a reward
- Calming stress and reducing anxiety – typically foods high in fat, sugar, or both
So how do we respond to cravings?
- Portion control! Don’t go for the family size pack of chips because they are cheap because a craving for chips could lead to eating half the bag
- Eat several meals a day to prevent overeating
- Start a cravings journal and write down what causes your cravings
- Drink more water
- Take a walk after eating a meal
- De-stress by meditating, doing yoga, reading a good book or magazine, taking a hike, etc.
So the next time a craving pops up, don’t give in!!! Stop yourself before it’s too late.