CRAVINGS!!!…They can be the ultimate destroyer of a healthy eating kick.
You are doing so well all day and then you get home and suddenly cave to those cookies or chips!
Combine that with socializing on the weekends and things can spiral out of control quickly!
A cheat meal snowballs into a cheat day and then a cheat weekend??…..
It’s Sunday night and you feel guilty, bloated, frustrated, upset, disappointed and helpless!
If you find yourself caving into cravings each day, here are some questions to ask yourself…
- Are you waiting too long between meals?
- Are you eating enough?
- Are you missing out on important nutrients?
- Are you experiencing cravings due to stress or boredom?
Time Between Meals
Are you waiting hours between your meals?
Breakfast at 7am and lunch at 1pm? Or maybe lunch at noon and then dinner at 6pm or 7pm?
Big gaps between meals will cause your blood sugar to dip very low. Once we allow this to happen, it will take a lot more food to bring it back up.
Have you ever got home from work and while you are cooking dinner, you pretty much eat everything in your cupboards?
This happens because we are starving, in need of energy and looking for that quick sugar spike. It takes longer to become full and satiated and we feel like an bottomless pit!
Rather than eating 2-3 large meals in a day, try to have 5 smaller meals that are only about 3 hours apart.
Quantity of Food
Are your portions too big? Do you need to cut them down?
Chances are that if you are experiencing frequent cravings, your are not allowing yourself to eat enough….of the right stuff!
Most women I coach, do not have a problem with the quantity they eat (90% of them are actually eating too little). Their problems lie in what they are eating (quality of the calories) and their macronutrient breakdown (carbs vs. fat vs. protein).
If you are eating too few calories or are short on one of your macronutrients, chances are you are experiencing intense cravings.
Try keeping a food log of what your eating and ensure your are having a healthy mix of carbs, fats and proteins.
In addition to eating enough calories and a good mix of macronutrients, you need to ensure your body is receiving enough vitamins and minerals.
You can achieve this via two ways:
- Fill your day with lots of fresh (and if possible organic) produce.
- Take a high quality supplement such as THIS
If you are lacking essential vitamins and minerals, you will most likely be experiencing cravings.
If you find yourself grazing for snacks at times when you are bored or stressed, it’s time to start taking note!
Stress or boredom eating are very common ways of working your way through the snack cupboard without even realizing it.
During these times, we tend to eat things without really being conscious or aware.
The best way to avoid this is to first take note of times that you fall into the snacking trap. Are you under a tight deadline? Procrastinating something you don’t want to do? Or lazing around the house?
Once you understand your triggers, you will know how to better prepare for them. Keep healthy options available as your go-to snacks and don’t slack on keeping track in your food diary so you are fully aware of what you are putting in your mouth.
For more information or to receive a personalized assessment of your cravings, click HERE to book a FREE consultation call.
You can also check out my Girl Talk Series of Workshops where I will focus on how to crush the 3pm sugar call or the late night salt attack.
I will help you diagnose the root cause of your cravings and find solutions to cutting them out.
We will discuss how to navigate through social settings without sacrificing all the fun including alcohol, deserts, savoury snacks and so much more.
You will also walk away with a FREE copy of my Guide; ‘Conquering Your Cravings‘.
Get ready take the guess-work out of your social life!
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I look forward to connecting with you soon!