Implementing your healthy lifestyle change can be daunting. Most of the time, people fail because they starve or deprive themselves, and then they binge eat and give up. There are ways to address those cravings so you don’t give in and sabotage your progress.
Think of cravings as an ex-boyfriend/girlfriend. When you first break up, your emotions are intense and you tend to miss them the most. Then as time passes, you miss them less and less. Well, when you first start to cut crappy food out of your diet your body misses them, but as time goes on and you continue to eat healthy, you will have those cravings less and less. In fact, you will start to crave HEALTHY foods instead.
Be aware that a lot of times when you feel like you are craving something it’s because your body is probably deprived of some nutrient (not likely to be resolved by eating an entire pan of brownies). Some experts say that a lot of times when we feel hunger, we are actually just thirsty. By the way, you should be consuming enough fluids throughout the day so you never feel thirst- actually feeling thirst means you’re already partially dehydrated. So before you go grabbing the first thing that comes to mind when you have a craving, try these tips.
1. Drink water! I know you’ve all heard this one before. Personally, I like to drink sparkling water because the carbonation helps me feel a little fuller.
2. Eat consistently throughout the day. Having 6 smaller meals throughout the day is recommended because it provides a constant supply of energy. Make sure these meals are well balanced with protein, fats, carbs, and fiber. Fiber will help you feel fuller, longer.
3. Have healthy options prepped and ready to go. Convenience is huge. I’m guilty of this one myself. There were times where I was so hungry but I didn’t have anything that was ready to go and I wouldn’t feel like making anything, so I would resort to either fast food, or processed, pre-packaged foods. NOT GOOD.
4. Treat yourself- once in a while. Treating yourself once in a while makes you more likely to stick to your new lifestyle. Plus, it’s good to “shock” the body so it doesn’t get used to the same old thing all the time.
5. Get creative. Let’s say you LOVE chocolate. We’ve all heard that chocolate can be good for us, but I think people take that information and run with it. Take a little dark chocolate syrup and drizzle it over an apple or some strawberries… you can satisfy your sweet tooth without having to eat your whole days’ worth of calories in one sitting.
6. Find out what it really is that your body is craving. I really like this visual that I found on Pinterest. Try satisfying your cravings with these suggestions instead.