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Food Cravings – How can You manage?

 

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About a moment you are just going through your daily routine and in the next moment you are in the clutches of a strong desire. You might be yearning for either a chocolate truffle cake or something really high in sugar. After this, you know it is in your hands and you are having it madly. What was this? This is what known as a Food Craving. I used to have such moments a lot. But, from past 3 years I learned how to manage them and today I will be sharing it with you.

After the birth of my child, as all the mothers know our little one keep us awake all around the clock. I was the one who used to spend a lot of time holding the refrigerator door open, looking for answers to my food cravings. And,,, indulge in something really unhealthy.

Gradually I realized that I have to do something about it. I was gaining a lot of weight and was not that active as I used to be before. The incredible change happened in my life when I decided to take control on my food cravings. This self-control had helped me a lot. I had to take the most important step. This was knowing all the tempting stuff in front of me, all my family and friends telling me it’s fine to have it once in a while and deciding I won’t eat it.

Following are the simple changes that you can make in your daily lifestyle to manage the food cravings. I am sure if I can do it, you can do it too.

1. Challenge the Thought of the Food

Whenever I had a craving, I use to take a minute’s breathing break. And,, ask myself, whether I really need to have this food which is coming into my mind? Am I actually hungry? I don’t have to keep on eating something every time I think of food.

In this way you can manage eating the healthy food and stop binge eating. This is because you will observe the actual sensation of hunger now! Even substituting the thought of food with some another pleasant thought helps.

2. Drink Water to let go the Food Cravings

Another cause that I found was that, I often used to confuse my urge of drinking water with my craving for food. So, I started drinking water more frequently especially when I had a sudden urge for a certain food. After enjoying my glass of water in short sips, I found that my craving vanished. Also having a glass of water, 30 min before my meal and 30min after the meal has reduced food cravings. Leading to a gradual weight loss.

3. Planning my Meals

Initially whenever I had a craving, I tried to ignore my hunger. But, afterwards I used to have more stronger cravings and felt the urge of eating high calorie treats. Then I thought of planning my meals which actually helped. Now, I always plan my meals for the upcoming week and have them at proper scheduled time. This also helps me to shop for all the healthy food in advance for the week. Timing your meals and distributing the calories throughout the day helps to keep the cravings at bay.

4. Going to Bed Early

Basically, the later we stay up, we tend to eat more food, right? We keep on eating till the last hour before going to bed, leading to eat more unhealthy food. Also, as per the studies, not getting enough sleep releases the hormones that are linked to hunger. These can spark more food cravings the next day.

5. Fight cravings with Exercise

After including exercise in my routine, I was able to get past my food cravings much more easily. Even 20-30 minutes of daily aerobic exercise reduce my urge of having food all the time. Moreover it helped me to remain active throughout the day. Also the body releases happy hormones when exercising, which is a plus plus for a positive mood.

And yes, just in case you overindulge don’t think that, ‘Oh well, I already had French fries, I might eat the ice cream as well’. Please guys such food will keep your body deprived of essential nutrients leading to more food cravings. Always remember a good healthy food is always a good mood and gives us positive vibes.

If you are amongst those who have a sweet tooth then you may read Healthy-Natural Sweetener Alternatives to Replace Sugar. Here is it’s link – https://itshealthymoms.com/2018/02/03/. At least these natural and healthy substitutes are not empty calories and will provide you with other nutrients. And if you are the one who eats everything by counting calories, then just go through Is it Really Necessary to Count Calories? It’s link is – https://itshealthymoms.com/2018/01/29/do-you-really-need-to-count-calories/.

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  1. Really excellent tips. I’m dieting at the moment and have found that planning meals is the key thing that is keeping me on track.

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  2. This list is not only for mothers but for others as well! I think we can make use of this! So many great tips!

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  3. I love your tips and really agree with them! For me in particular planning my meals and drinking plenty of water are the one that most work!

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  4. I really agree with all your tips! For me what works better is to plan my meals and drink plenty of water throughout the day!

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  5. Chelsea Elizabeth January 15, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Great tips. The longer you practice something, the more you get used to it. It’s always hard at first but it does get easier

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  6. LOL we’re the same! I’m constantly searching our fridge for food even though I know exactly what I’d find there. Drinking lots of water helps curb cravings for sure.

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  7. I think an important part of fighting cravings is identifying your triggers and what it is you are craving, these are both keys to identifying deficiencies and stressors that effect your overall health.

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  8. I usually fight cravings with detox drink of lemon – pepper-Honey or Green tea. Once a week I go for some chatpata things, else going to bed early and water & drinks keep me away from it. Great ideas to follow.

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  9. Great tips! My biggest craving is sugary things if I’ve been eating too many of them. When I want to break through them I’ll have something like a grapefruit or kombucha. It’s enough of a different taste in my mouth that the craving for sweet seems to go away. Also, did you know, a craving only lasts 3 to 4 minutes? x

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    1. Yes I do agree with you, craving lasts for 3-4 minutes.

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  10. I stay up till late at night and yes, that is the time when my food craving is at it’s peak! I agree, drinking water helps a great deal. I will have to work on challenging the thought of food as well. Thanks for the post 🙂

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  11. All of those are important things. But I was really surprised to find that exercise would help me to eat less. But seriously it does. I know I shouldn’t starve myself and not eat. But exercising just makes it so I am not quite as ravenous.

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    1. Try having whey protien or egg whites within 10 minutes of excercise, it will help

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  12. I swear I am addicted to sugar and trying really hard to beat that craving! Drinking more water is a really doable idea!

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  13. This is certainly a relevant blog post, I’ll keep your tips in mind whenever the food cravings come in full force! Certainly meal planning and drinking water has helped me manage my hunger. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Very great tips and I will def be adopting especially the going to bed and drinking more water. I cannot sleep anytime before midnight and I am up at 6. But I will certainly try. Great post!

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