These cravings… oh! They really ruin the diet schedule. Sometimes, we are bored or other times we are emotional, and these food cravings manifest into consciousness. Seriously, we cant ignoreit , so hard to resist and if that yum, delicious food is readily available, it just goes out of control. Unfair, no? But, if controlled , its better for health in some way. If we understand why these occur and what can be the alternatives and how can it be under control through very little efforts, we will obviously put our sleeves up and go through the silly cravings.
Picture this. It’s five o’clock and you are at your desk , sitting on your couch or out running tasks and suddenly you get this pang– an overwhelming need to eat. You have the dreaded feeling of craving and you just cant feel right until you grab that bag of chips, or a chocolate bar or lot of icecream, soda. Unfortunately, one thing is for sure, whatever we reach for is almost never a healthy choice. The question is why are these late night cravings or afternoon cravings are so intense and how they can be prevented by best of our healthy intentions.
It is justified that our body requires a certain suitable amount of daily nourishment, but it is important to be able to distinguish between eating for physical nourishment or eating for emotional nourishment. Really evaluate whether you are hungry or not. If you are truly and completely hungry, fabulous, then eat, I will tell you how to do it right.
Get out of the cravings mindset : Think and figure out if you want something crunchy or smooth, hot or cold or sweet. There are healthy options that will actually calm your cravings. If you want something salty and crunchy , your mind will automatically go to potato chips, but think about it, when has bag of potato chips satisfied your hunger? Processed potato, oil and salt have no nutritional value. Its better to go for organic peanut butter, celery or peas with soy sauce which will prove to be best options instead. If you want something creamy , opt for yoghurt or an avocado rather than icecream. For something sweet, try fruits or smoothie or weet vegetables like sweet potato or squash instead of cookies and candy. When we are hungry and crave for certain food, it means our bodies are actually deficient of that nutrients. If you are craving something sweet, it indicates that your body needs glucose to perform its daily functions and tasks. Salt cravings occur when you lack in minerals found in natural unrefined salt. Potassium, magnesium and calcium are actually removed from table salt in the refining process. When you are craving something salty, you are not likely to satisfy that craving by finishing off a bag of Lays. Instead season your food with some sea salt and munch on some raw vegetables or go for sprouted beans or eat flax seeds (alsi) in little amount. You can also sprinkle it on your plate of raw veggies, making it an awesome and healthy choice. If you are craving for meat, you probably need some iron in your diet. If you are craving icecream, you probably need some more fat. Essentially, if you crave it (and you are hungry), eat it but opt for the natural healthy version of what you are dying for.
Does your mood fluctuate with what you eat? Learn how to strike a balance: If you have a craving, but aren’t hungry, you are probably looking to fulfill an emotional need. We frequently reach for food because it is easy and cheap instant fix. Remember, it is only temporary, and all your feelings are going to rush right back. If you’re sitting at your desk, suddenly feel a craving, you might just need a break and maybe some excitement. Try going for a walk around the office or striking up some conversation with co-worker . After 10 minutes, your craving will be a distant memory as you distract off your mind. If you have spent all evening alone and you have started to dream about that gallon of chocolate, vanilla icecream, leave the icecream in freezer and pick up the phone and call a friend and keep talking. Usually, when we want something sweet, it is because we need some pleasure in our lives. Go, get a ten minute massage or a manicure, pick up a romantic novel, take a long bath or start chatting. Anything makes you like goddess.
Get a dose of sunshine with Vitamin D: So next time you get a craving, don’t feel like your body is wrecking you, or that you have to use your will power to overcome it. Try to understand the messages your body is sending you. When you can learn to deconstruct your cravings and listen to your body, cravings can actually prove to be very healthy, helpful tool.
Wow! Isn’t this great to know what exactly your body is craving for and not interpreting the actual needs. This will really help to sort out and maintain our healthy regime simultaneously. When it sounds so good, it feels too.
So, next time you feel craving for this junk food, try to figure out and use an alternative. After all, we have so many!
Happy Craving, happy eating. Happy Life!