When it comes to food everyone had cravings at least once in their life. There is no way you have not experienced this before. Especially when it comes to sweets, I mean, who wouldn’t want to eat a bar of chocolate or a cup of ice cream. Maybe some fries paired with a cheeseburger? I think this sounds familiar by now.
It is normal to have cravings, we are humans at the end of the day but, what if the nature of this feeling is another one? What if it’s caused by anxiety, stress, or as a way to cope with childhood trauma? One things for sure is that cravings kind of go hand in hand with binge eating which can lead to ED ( i.e. eating disorder), therefore it can affect our lives on a deeper level than we expect.
Although, another cause of food cravings can be the imbalance that occurs with hormones such as leptin and serotonin. However, it is known that pregnancy, lack of sleep, intense exercise and PMS (premenstrual syndrome can lead to increased food cravings.
Here’s a list of ways to manage your food cravings:
Get your sleep
I cannot stress this enough. Sleep is as essential as food. While the former is used as fuel for your body to function properly, the first one helps your body recharge and balance your hormones. Moderation is key and you should sleep AT LEAST 6 hours per not. If you can and your circumstances allow it, try to sleep up to 7-9 hours though.
Eat filling and nutrient-dense foods
I’m talking about foods that contain all types of vitamins, healthy fats, and carbs that your body needs so that it can function properly. Try eating blueberries, potatoes, garlic, and shellfish, for example.
Don’t wait too long till your next meal
If you are on a diet and trying to lose weight, try not to wait more than 5 hours AT MOST till you eat. The sweet spot is 4 hours which is enough time for the food to be digested. Waiting more can lead to eating in a bigger quantity and increased cravings.
Eating your food without a distraction, and focusing on the food on your plate while chewing. This actually has more benefits than you know. It can help you realize when you are full instead of keeping eating will your stomach hurts (trust me, I have been there).
Eating a smaller portion of your craving
This is really helpful because it’s a way in which you don’t restrict yourself from food and has more health benefits. Smaller portions are really fine.
Try eating fruit instead of sweets
Fruits is lower in calories and are naturally sweet without any additives. Hey, no food is 100% healthy nowadays but still, fruit is way better than sweets.
Just eat it
Listen, if you really want the food and haven’t eaten it in a long time, just go for it and eat it. Seriously, we are humans and it’s normal to eat. We cannot live in a caloric deficit or dieting forever so just indulge in it because you deserve it.
So here it is… Took me 3 or 4 days to write this because I wasn’t sure what to write about next. Had to brainstorm a little, if I’m being honest. Plus things are still hectic around here. Covid is gone (thank God) but it’s been quite eventful and stressful.
By the way, if you have any suggestions for the next posts I am open to them and you can leave it in the comments section. Thank your for reading my posts, it means a lot. See you on the next one! Bye!