Ever find yourself distracted because all you can think about is a food that you would do practically anything to eat at that very moment? I often did, but not as much anymore. I realized that when my body is craving a certain thing, it’s trying to tell me something. Our bodies are so smart, why do we so often doubt them?
A few things I do when I am craving something...
Drink more water. Often that simple act will suppress those annoying desires. It’s at least worth a shot, right?
Reflect on my current diet. When I say “diet” I don’t mean a crash diet- but more of what is going into my body on a daily basis. I try to make sure I’m getting both sides of the spectrum: salty/sweet, cooked/raw, dry food/liquids, hot/cold. This will ensure that you’re getting a little more of a variety which will often remove those cravings.
Consider the season. Pumpkin spice latte, anyone? Different seasons make us crave specific things, so be aware of that. In the summer we often prefer fruit over soup. Try to eat what’s in season.
Think about what my ancestors ate. Sounds strange, I know. But my Italian blood often makes me want more Italian food. Sometimes I feel better (rather than full and bloated) after eating a nice bowl of pasta. Just something to consider!
Balance my soul foods. Soul foods are the things that feed your soul: relationships, career, physical activity and self-love. I take a step back to see what needs more attention in my life. Finding balance will probably help your cravings. I find that when I’m feeling happy and grounded, I’m able to do without the sweets as often.
Treat yo’self. If I’ve got a sweet craving going on, I’ll recognize it and make a good choice when it comes to suppressing it. I often carry chewy ginger candies in my bag for this reason (or a sudden stomach ache!) and I always feel better and satisfy that craving after I have it. Before I was able to recognize my cravings, I would have grabbed the closest Reese’s cup or chocolate bar. If I am dying for an ice cream cone, I’ll make a date with a friend to grab some froyo. Be aware of what your body is telling you and listen to it. It’s super smart.