We've all experienced cravings. Whether salty, crunchy, or sugary, there's a reason for our unhealthy cravings. Read below for my Top 5 Tips to Stop Cravings. Let me know in the comments if you're tried any of these and how they work for you!
1. Hit It, Don't Wait!
Once you feel the hunch of cravings, drink water within 10 minutes. Take 5-10 large sips of water, unsweetened fruit water, lemon/lime water, or seltzer water like LaCroix.
2. Craving Salty or Crunchy
If you are craving salty crunchy items like chips, fries, or pizza, try eating 4 whole grain crackers with regular block of cheese, or hummus. The World health Organization (WHO) suggests intake of less than 50g/day of salt and for maximal health benefit one should ingest less than 25 g/day of salt.
3. Craving Sugar
If you are having cravings for sugary sweets this may be due to lack of sleep. Even 1 hour of less sleep can cause this annoying craving. Your goal should be to sleep average about 7 hours per night. I personally store grapes in my freezer, so that when the moment strikes, I can reach for these cool treats. You can also whip up this yummy shake:
• 2 squares of dark chocolate
• 1 date
• ½ a frozen banana
Blend with a splash of milk of your choice. Enjoy!
4. Craving Soda
If you're craving soda, one of two things can be happening. 1. You may have an addiction to the caffeine content or 2. you're lacking calcium. Try to get more vitamin C in your diet from fruits, and Calcium rich vegetables like broccoli and kale. Rather than reaching for a soda for your next caffeine hit, try caffeine from green tea, matcha and cold brewed coffee. This will provide around 35-100 mg of caffeine versus 300 mg of caffeine per serving of some sodas or dressed up coffees.
5. Stress Cravings
Your cravings could be due to added stress! This is a sign that you may need a mini vacation. A weekend getaway far or near is always a good idea. A hike in your local park to bond with nature by yourself or with friends. Or just change the seen, get more organized, give away unwanted and unworn clothes, donate to charity, rearrange your closet and get more organized. It really frees your mind and brings calm into your life.
Wellness comes in so many ways, take one moment at a time each day to achieve your goals!