Changing your eating habits is challenging. Especially when you walk into work a see cupcakes sitting in the break room. Or, when you have a bad day and want to lean on some ice cream or French fries. The problem is that, giving into those little cravings for a “cheat meal” or “cheat day” can quickly turn into weeks or months and before you know it, your health regime is gone. Lauren Neil of Performance EDU explains the importance of deconstructing cravings to help cope and tackle your eating habits one craving at a time!
The top complaints and questions I receive as a health coach and trainer concern cravings. Some people crave sugars, others salts and some crave fatty foods. Other times, people have problems with cravings at certain times of the day. No matter what the craving or time is, they usually lead to binging to fulfill and satiate that need, which is never a good thing.
Something that I have found after working with many people and their cravings is that it’s not usually a specific food that you want, it’s the feeling you get from consuming that food. Your body is not going to crave chocolate cupcakes because it’s lacking in the nutrients those little devils possess. It’s most likely trying to feed your sugar addiction (which is an whole different article in itself). Same thing goes for a craving for something crunchy like chips- you probably want the feeling you get from eating chips, not the actual nutrients provided by them.
So, what do you do when plagued by these cravings? You deconstruct and redirect them.
First, look at why you are craving that specific food.
- Are you thirsty?
- Are you eating a balanced diet?
- Do you have low blood sugar?
- Are you restricting your diet too much?
- Are you emotionally eating?
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