Food cravings can be a slippery slope when it comes to healthy eating if they get out of hand. Cravings can be a big reason why you are having trouble losing weight and keeping it off.
Typically, the foods that we crave are processed, high in sugar and overall bad for us if we overindulge. Sometimes these cravings are NOT EASY to control but here are a few things that have helped me.
My Tips to Control the Cravings!
1. Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Giving your body the nutrition it needs first thing in the morning will help maintain your blood sugar levels throughout the day. After we wake up, it's time to fuel our bodies with the best in nutrition!
Eating a healthy breakfast within the first 30 minutes of being awake will help jump start your day and get your metabolism moving. Think of it this way, your car can't run on no gas. Starting your day on empty is only going to lead to poor choices for food or drive thru breakfast on the way to work. Every morning for breakfast I enjoy my shake packed full of protein, carbs and all the vitamins and minerals my body needs. Shakes are a quick, easy & nutritious option for breakfast.
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2. Have a Piece of Fruit
Making smarter substitutions for your cravings is a good way to stay on track with your health goals. I have a sweet tooth so I know all about the craving for sugar.
Instead of going straight to the chocolates (my favorite) or gummy candies, opt for some fruit instead. Natural sugars are much more beneficial to your body than processed/refined sugars. Sugar is a simple carbohydrate that is converted into glucose which is used in our body for energy, however the overall effect on your body depends on the type of sugar you are consuming.
Fruits have vitamins & minerals while refined sugars add little to no nutritional value. Fruits also have fiber which will keep you feeling fuller for longer.
3. Have one cookie, not all of them!
Life would be boring if we didn't eat the cookie, just don't eat the whole pack! Completely restricting your self from indulgences is not smart either. Everything in moderation people!!! It is OKAY to enjoy a cookie or eat a chocolate bar, however eating cookies and chocolate everyday is not the way to go.
Living a healthy lifestyle and reaching your goals does not mean you have to give up all your favorites! One trick I use is to plan out my indulgences. If I know I am going to be celebrating or somewhere where sweets are going to be provided, I make sure that I start my day with my shake and have nutritious foods beforehand.
Planning out your indulgences can help take the guilt that may come from eating a sweet treat and also make you more aware of your choices.
4. Feed your Body Healthy Options
Once you start to feel the effects of eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle, you won't even want to eat the unhealthy, processed foods. Your energy is going to sky rocket, you will be in a better mood & once the trousers fit a little better there will be no turning back.
Pretty soon your body is going to crave the healthier options automatically. Now, this isn't going to happen overnight, for you have to give your body some time to adjust. However, YOU WILL notice its much easier to put the snacks down and naturally opt for the healthier options.
When you are at the grocery store just don't buy the foods that you know are not great for you then you will not have them at home to eat.
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Remember yoru body is the only place you have to live. Look after it well and give it the best!
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