Craving Tips: 2020 I have already written an article on the topic of food cravings. You can find my personal story and experiences there as well as some tips. Feel free to read it at your leisure first and see this post as an extension.
We all know the feeling so well…
Since the topic is so common and I get a lot of questions about it, I would like to share more tips for cravings. I know very well the feeling of just not wanting to stop with some things. After all, it tastes so good. And especially there, it is super important to know which foods these are. There is no quick fix to get over the cravings, but there is definitely hope for everyone.
The first important thing is to admit it to yourself. Secondly, be okay with it. Thirdly, understand your body’s signals. See them as a friend and guide for you.
Behind cravings is much more of a mental craving than a physical craving. Of course, it can also be that we have deficiencies and the body is craving certain nutrients. However, there is usually more to it than that. While we need to come to terms with and understand our emotions and feelings first, we can go ahead and soothe our cravings with a few easier-to-implement strategies.
Here are 10 tips that can help with cravings:
1. Eat regularly:
Don’t skip a meal, and make sure you eat regularly and in a balanced way. Not eating for a long time can increase the hunger hormone ghrelin, which can trigger cravings.
2. Eat protein-rich meals:
Protein-rich meals help stabilize blood sugar levels and increase feelings of fullness, which can reduce cravings.
3. Drink enough water:
Sometimes thirst can be mistaken for hunger, so it’s important to drink enough water to keep the body hydrated.
4. Eat high-fiber foods:
High-fiber foods such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables can help regulate blood sugar levels and increase feelings of fullness.
5. Avoid processed foods and sugary drinks:
Processed foods and sugary drinks raise blood sugar levels and can trigger cravings. Try to reduce or avoid these foods.
6. Pay attention to stress and emotions:
Stress and emotions can trigger food cravings. Try to practice stress-reducing techniques such as meditation or yoga to reduce stress.
7. Eat slowly:
Eat slowly, and pay attention to when you are full. If you eat quickly, you can easily overeat, which can lead to cravings.
8. Go for a walk:
A short walk can help to avoid cravings by lowering blood sugar levels and increasing feelings of fullness.
9. Stay active:
Regular exercise can help reduce cravings by releasing endorphins that can lift your mood and relieve stress. Exercise for at least 30 minutes most days of the week.
10. Get enough sleep:
Getting enough sleep is essential for many reasons and supports decreasing cravings. Lack of sleep leads to an increase in the hunger hormone ghrelin, which in turn can trigger cravings.
I hope these tips can help you reduce cravings. Remember, paying attention to your individual needs and preferences is important to promote a healthy and balanced diet.
If you have your own personal story or more craving tips to share, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.