Cravings. The annoying feeling of wanting something sweet that usually appears at 3 PM or at night time, or at any time for that matter. I for sure have those days when I’m craving sweets. Although I try to stay away from refined sugars, and I’m definitely not a fast food lover, but still I need my dose of chocolate and peanut butter. Yes I prefer the healthier raw food chocolate and unsweetened peanut butter, but still, although labelled healthy they should be eaten in moderation – which sometimes can be rather difficult if you ask me. With that being said I have some tips and tricks I try to live by, that makes my every day life a little easier;
- Drink more water – sometimes it can be just as simple as that; drink enough water. Our bodies are made of mostly water so remember to hydrate. Always have a bottle of water ready, to bring with you along the day and always drink more if you’re working out or if it’s a hot summers’ day. Flavour with lemon, cucumber and mint leaves.
- Eat enough food – Never skip a meal. Eat enough protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, sweet potato, oatmeal, lentils, pumpkin, squash, berries just to mention a few. If you eat foods that make you feel fuller for longer and are filled with important macro nutrients that your body needs you want be craving crap.
- Eat 3 to 5 meals a day – Breakfast, lunch, dinner and maybe one to two snacks in between meals. For some people it’s enough to eat 3 meals per day while some people (like myself) need 5 to 6 smaller meals per day.
- The importance of eating nutrient dense foods – Skip the fast food, the cookies, refined sugars, french fries, soda, white bread, trans-fats, artificial sweeteners etcetera. Stay away from he industrially produced convenience foods with labels you can’t even pronounce. It’s not good for you, in case you wanna be fit, healthy and lively that is. Eating junk food will only make you crave more junk food. Simple as that.
- Don’t deprive yourself – Denying yourself the foods you love is not healthy. Although being health conscious, it’s important to allow oneself to have a treat once in a while. Why not make your own healthier treats?! If you follow a healthy balanced diet 80 % of the time you can easily enjoy a treat 20 % of the time. It’s called Balance & Moderation.
- Keep your mind occupied – Go for a walk, read a book, paint, call a friend, do the dishes. Do whatever that will keep your mind occupied and that will make you think of something else rather than food.
- Get enough sleep –Neglecting your beauty sleep might have a negative impact on your judgement – making it easier to reach for the cookie jar. Get at least 6-8 hours of sleep per night.