Food cravings can derail the healthiest of diets. Whether you go for sugary treats or salty eats, we all know too many of them will lead to a wellness setback that can be hard to return from. The easiest way to combat your cravings is to learn how to stop them in their tracks.
What most people don’t realize is that hunger is really thirst in disguise! Hydrating is super important for your overall health.
Drinking a full glass of water when a sudden food craving comes on and then waiting a few minutes will help you to assess whether your need for food is real or simply thirst.
Figure Out What Your Cravings Mean
Often when we crave specific things it is because our bodies are lacking certain essential nutrients. When you are craving a specific type of food, see if you can recognize an essential nutrient you might be lacking.
If you are constantly craving salty foods, you may be missing enough sodium in your diet.
If you find you are always reaching for chocolate you may need to add more magnesium-rich foods to your diet.
For the best insight into the nutrients you need, check in with a registered dietician.
Eat Balanced Meals
Balanced meals will help your body meet the nutrient requirements that it needs to stay feeling full and nourished.
Finding the proper nutrient balance may be hard at first but it is best to remember that every individual body has individual nutrient needs so your diet will be entirely unique to you.
Get A Hormone Check
Having a hormone imbalance can cause serious cravings (I know it did for me!).
Also, I found that when I was on the contraceptive pill, my cravings (around that time of
It would definitely be worth seeing a doctor or naturopath to have a quick hormone check. It could help stop those annoying cravings!
Brush Your Teeth
If you have trouble snacking on things after meals the best way to stop that is to brush your teeth.
The mint flavor of most toothpaste will make foods unappetizing. Brushing teeth will also help signal your brain that the time to eat is over.
Find Healthy Alternatives
Sometimes a craving is inevitable, however, if you have simply
If you find yourself reaching for sweets, try to keep fruit on hand. Similarly, if you are always grabbing a salty snack, keep a nut mix or two around.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
Breakfast is the meal that helps set the tone for your whole day. If you reach for a balanced breakfast in the morning you will help your digestive process to work better.
A full breakfast will help you stay full until your next meal and will hopefully help you to control those random cravings that arise when you are hungry.
Keep in mind that your cravings are trying to tell you something. If you find the same cravings popping up around the same time every day it may be a bigger indicator of something that you need to add to your diet.
You know your body best and you should always be mindful when making any changes to your diet.
So the next time a craving comes your way, tune in to your body, figure out what’s going on and make healthy choices when you can.
Hope you find these tips helpful!
Love Rachael xx