Have you ever had that intense and uncontrollable desire to eat specific type of food – usually junk food high in sugar? Don’t worry, you are not alone! Cravings are very common. In fact, more than 50% of people experience cravings on a regular basis. Our bodies rarely do things for no reason at all. So what makes cravings so powerful? What is your body trying to tell you when you’re craving chocolate, crisps or even fizzy drinks?
Take me, for example. I AM CHOCOHOLIC… mmm brownies, chocolate cakes, chocolate bars, chocolate ice-creams… I love you all ❤ Craving chocolate may mean that I have a magnesium deficiency, which can cause fatigue, depression, insomnia, anxiety or migraines. What to do to stop cravings? Well, it doesn’t involve eating large amounts of chocolate 😉 I try to eat nuts, seeds, green vegetables and fruits. I try to be strong 🙂 but if I really need to eat chocolate, I choose dark one or I bake chocolate-banana loaf.
But that’s not all… I crave salty food too – crisps particularly! It means my body needs chloride, which is essential in order for my body to maintain healthy digestion and keep my electrolyte levels in check. Craving salty food can also suggest too much stress and a sign of exhaustion. So, get more sleep, slow down and relax.
Hunger is controlled by the stomach. It helps you know when it’s time to fuel up because your body needs energy.
Cravings are controlled by your brain.
Here are 5 simple ways to prevent unhealthy food and sugar cravings:
- Drink water – try to dink water if you crave specific food. Thirst is often confused with hunger or food cravings.
- Exercise – go for a long walk, run, go to gym – just keep yourself busy. Exercise will release endorphin (‘feel good’ chemicals) in your brain, which can help turn the craving off.
- Don’t let yourself to get too hungry – eat regularly and have healthy snacks close at hand.
- Get enough sleep – sleep deprivation disrupts the fluctuations of hormones, and may lead to poor appetite regulation and strong cravings.
- Minimise stress – slow down, relax, meditate, practice Yoga 🙂
How to control you cravings?
Beating cravings is perhaps one of the most difficult things to do… but fear not. Start looking and feeling into your cravings… and begin to make small changes in your diet. If you manage to resist, the cravings will get weaker over time and eventually disappear.
Hope it helps 🙂