Cravings are the downfall for most people when they’re trying to change their diet. There are a lot of theories on what causes cravings ranging from habit, mineral deficiencies and even a form of gut bacteria called candida (which can be the hardest to combat! More about that at another time!)
SO, what is the best way to combat cravings you ask?
First of all, be aware of them! Now that you know they’re coming then you will be paying attention to your thoughts and be able to shut your mind down when it keeps obsession on that chocolate cake or cheese puffs.
Second, here are a few of my favorite articles about cravings http://kriscarr.com/blog/how-to-stop-food-cravings/ and http://www.drfranklipman.com/20-ways-to-get-sugar-out-of-your-life
Third, drink lots of water and make sure that you keep healthy snacks with you at all times. A small piece of fruit, some cut up veggies or a few nuts with a glass of water will help combat that craving.
Lastly, acknowledge the craving and then tell yourself that you will walk away from it for 30 minutes. If you are still craving it after 30 minutes then see if you can figure out why you’re craving it.
Are you stressed out? Are you wanting it because you had a bad day and your fall back is chocolate cake to make you feel better? Is the craving associated with an event? Like, on Friday nights you always had dinner with your friends or family and have a piece of cheesecake for dessert. Breaking those habits can be the hardest!
Sometimes you can have cravings because your body is trying to replenish certain nutrients. Check out the chart below and instead of going to grab what you’re craving then grab something from the corresponding What to Eat Instead column.
For example, when I am craving chocolate it usually means that my body wants magnesium.I use a magnesium tea when that happens and almost immediately once I start drinking it my craving subsides. I use this one, Calm, but highly caution that you should use just a teaspoon in 8 ounces of warm water. Don’t listen to their recommended dosage.
But I digress! Do your best to follow the steps above to combat those pesky cravings. Believe it or not, a lot of times, a craving can be put to rest by merely drinking a large glass of water! It’s like magic.
Let me know how you do! I LOVE hearing your success stories!
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