Any time you make positive changes to your food choices there will be some side effects. As your blood sugar levels balance out, your hormones return to normal and you recalibrate your taste buds it’s very common to have unusually strong cravings for your favourite unhealthy foods.
Cravings are like a force of nature… not to be messed around with. Will power has does not hold a candle to a physiological craving for sweets, dairy, salt or fat. It’s not entirely your fault when you give into the cravings.
Food cravings are NOT normal (even at ‘that time of the month’). It’s not normal to crave cheese, bread, coffee, alcohol or chocolate. If you experience these cravings then there’s something going on inside your body that is, in one way or the other, detracting from your health and vitality.
It can be easy to confuse cravings for actual hunger. It’s typical for you to know when you are having a craving but are unsure if the craving is just a craving or true hunger.
We have a quick and easy approach to help you tell the difference between the two.
Ask yourself if you are hungry enough to eat plain grilled chicken and steamed broccoli.
If the answer is no but you’d rather have something else then you aren’t hungry… you’ve just got a craving.
In the absence of food cravings you are happy to have grilled chicken and broccoli. There are no nagging thoughts about sprinkling cheese on top or having the chicken on a bun with mayonnaise.
Here are some tips to shake the cravings:
- Go for a walk for 10 to 15 minutes creating a pattern interrupt and increasing your endorphins.
- Set a timer for 10 minutes. Delay the instant gratification that comes along with indulging in the food craving. If after 10 minutes you still want the food go have a small amount of it. But only do this if you can manage a small amount. If you fear that it will become a large amount – go brush your teeth.
- Drink a large cup of water. Dehydration shows up as food cravings and hunger. Plus the heaviness of the water may send a good signal to your brain to shut off the craving.
- Chew a piece of gum. The fruit sensation in your mouth helps to subdue the food craving.
- Eat 4 or 5 nuts. The fat in the nuts helps to get rid of the craving.
As you start to consume real food and your metabolism stabilizes your cravings will dramatically reduce in intensity and frequency. After a couple of weeks eating real food, in proper portion sizes, you will notice that you will become hungry at the appropriate times without having food cravings.
If you’d like to get a handle on your food cravings, balance out your blood sugar and learn which foods fire up your metabolism then give me a call at 613-324-2742.
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