Cravings. One of the common topics that come up when talking about food..
"How do I stop cravings?"
"I get crazy cravings every night. How do I stop it!?"
I find this topic very interesting because I NEVER get cravings besides the odd (and normal) omg I want a burger or that ice cream looks good kind of thing.
So the more I thought about it, I realized I don't get cravings because I am SATISFIED. I eat balanced and don't restrict myself, therefore I usually don't feel the need to want something LIKE CRAZY all the time.
So then why do some people get cravings all the time? Well, there are many reasons and the main one is what I mentioned above - they are restricting food throughout the day (or days) and eventually your body NEEDS it like CRAZY so they experience crazy cravings.
If you have a major sweet-tooth like I do, try Fit Joy bars! I eat them pretty much every day. I get my chocolate fix (they come in a million other flavors).
It makes sense, doesn't it? You don't fulfill your needs in a balanced way, you cut calories or food groups so OF COURSE your body is going to want it.
Restriction isn't the only reason, there are other triggers.
Emotions are another huge trigger. When you feel negative emotions, you want to fix that by feeling good. And food makes you feel good. So binging takes that "pain" away. But it's only temporary.
How do you fix it? Realize that your craving is not real hunger, it's an emotion and decide what you can do to deal with the negative emotion instead?
Sleep is another HUGE trigger! When you are sleep deprived, your body naturally produces the "hunger hormone", ghrelin. So if you tend to lack on sleep, you tend to eat more... and more "junk food".
Loneliness is tough to deal with and when you're lonely, just like other negative emotions, you want to feel better. Food becomes a friend. But does that fix the true problem?
Sometimes we confuse hunger with thirst. Are you drinking enough water throughout the day? When we are super dehydrated we tend to crave the salty stuff.
And another reason could be distraction, you eat and eat and eat and crave food because you eat while watching TV or a movie. You eat while you're on the phone, scrolling through Instagram. This causes you to associate food with that action, so every time you watch TV or whatever, you WANT food even if you aren't hungry.
Do you get a lot of cravings? Do you think any of these triggers are the reason?
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