Perhaps you are looking to live a healthier lifestyle, get in better shape, or gear up for the holiday battle. Whatever the reason, here in simple terms are proactive solutions when you are craving the potato chip or chocolate cake. Simple practical suggestions to help you make conscious choices that will allow you to feel better on many levels. Here we go.
Causes of sugar and carbohydrate cravings
Waiting too long to eat between meals and a lack of healthy snacking can create a drop in blood sugar increasing the need/urge for emergency carbohydrates. Consuming processed foods also adds to the spike and crash cycle. Stress, a negative factor in any wellness equation, increases cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands, which will cause an increase in cravings.
Actions for changing old eating patterns
Eating consistent small meals and healthy snacks throughout the day will ensure the stability of mood and body chemistry. Including a healthy fat such as olive or coconut oil’s, avocado, or nuts with meals helps prevent spikes and drops of blood sugar and keeps you feeling full longer. Combining protein and complex carb snacks like carrots and hummus, apple or celery with peanut butter, nuts and berries are good options for energy stability. There is also an added benefit to crunchy snacking. Stress reduction – making raw vegetables a great choice. Look for foods with higher fiber contents to assist in feeling fuller longer. Remember that in adding fiber to your diet you should increase your water consumption.
Helpful Options that compliment your healthy choices
Initiate a regular exercise routine, work on creative projects, engage in stimulating conversation. Try a yoga class or daily meditation. Above all pay attention to triggers.
Make your own trail mix: raw almonds, walnuts, cranberries, raisins.
Keep go-to foods in fridge: hummus, hard boiled eggs, carrots, cooked brown rice, or yogurt.
To satisfy nighttime cravings try eating a small bowl of popcorn or a couple pieces dried fruit like organic apricots. Eat a healthy protein like plain Greek yogurt with a couple almonds.
Remember Wellbeing is not an all or nothing thing, it’s not a destination but rather always about choosing…moment to moment. So don’t beat yourself up! We are all in it together…