Food cravings is something that affects everyone at one time or another. Do you ever feel guilty after giving in to a food craving? DON’T! Blaming yourself will only worsen your mood and increase your chances for serotonin imbalance in the body.
Many researchers believe that an imbalance in serotonin levels in the body leads to mood changes which leads to depression. Thus, causing a cycle of emotional eating. Unhealthy food cravings do require an extra measure of self control. Food cravings is your body’s way of saying that something is out of sync.
That “something” can be emotional, physical, neurochemical, hormonal, or even spiritual. Instead of letting your food cravings control you, let it start the process of bringing your body back into alignment. One of the biggest emotional motivators that can lead you to food cravings is stress.
When stress becomes a normal part of your day, you can become depressed. This depression can lead you to seek food for comfort. Studies have shown that people who consistently limit their caloric intake live longer. More than 2000 studies support the fact that a low calorie optimum nutrition diet can extend life by 30 to 50 percent. Barring other factors of course.
How Do I Conquer My Food Cravings?
Food cravings is one habit that can be very hard to break. Mostly because food is required for life, so it’s not something you can just stay away from. Learning what to do when your food cravings start is the key. Here are a few tips to help you to that end.
- Never leave your home without packing a healthy snack. Snacks like Fruits, nuts, and cut vegetables are ideal. Portion them out in a single-serve reusable bag or container. When you feel a food craving eat healthy instead.
- Always have drinking water on hand. Drinking water can curb hunger pangs while making you feel full. You won’t need to reach for sugary foods and soft drinks to satisfy your food cravings.
- Think of healthy alternatives to you favorite binge foods. For example instead of ice cream, chose yogurt. Instead of fried salty potato chips with onion dip, try baked potatoes with salsa. Remember, each journey begins with a single step. Your alternatives my not be ideal, but they need to be better than the originals. This will mean you are moving in the right direction. Every day vow to make a healthier choice than the previous day.
- Take control of your portions. If you do give into some food cravings, don’t eat from the package or container. Take out a small portion on a plate and put the rest away. I am not a fan of wasting food so instead of leaving food on your plate, place less food on your plate from the start. Eat until you are satisfied, not full.
- Track your food cravings. Tracking when you get food cravings can be the key to knowing what is triggering them. This in turn can lead you to avoid that behavior thus avoiding the food cravings.
- Focus on something else. When you feel a craving coming on, try taking a brisk walk. This will not only take you mind off of food but will help relieve stress and burn calories in the process. If that is not possible, call a friend or family member to talk you down. Friends can be a great help in improving you diet.
- Eat high fiber healthy meals. When you eat healthy high fiber meals you remain fuller longer. This lasts even during stressful situations. High fiber foods also helps to keep blood sugar levels constant.
Food cravings can be difficult to control and conquer, however as with most things in life it starts with a choice. We have to choose to eat well and healthy. Eating healthy can’t be an after thought, it must be a conscience decision. With these tips lets conquer food cravings together.