Taming the Cravings Beast

Are your cravings stalking you like a stealthy bobcat prowling in the night? 

Do you find yourself reaching for that late night snack and wondering why?

Do you feel like your cravings have a mind of their own sneaking up on you at the most unexpected times? 

Have you ever wondered why you crave certain foods even when you’re not hungry? 

Picture this: it’s 3:00 pm, you’re sitting at your desk, your energy is fading, you’re feeling tired and all you can think of is eating something sweet. You begin to scour your desk looking for a piece of chocolate, hoping there’s a cookie in the office kitchen, or you decide to run out and grab a caramel macchiato. 

Or, you’re sitting on the couch after dinner, cozied up under a blanket, when all of a sudden the urge strikes you to get up and find a snack. The next thing you know you’re raiding your pantry looking for something, anything, to satisfy the craving. 

You can tame the cravings beast by being proactive with the following tactics: 

1. Eat balanced meals at regular times! Build a plate of protein, healthy fats, and complex carbs to keep those hunger pangs quiet. Eat at regular times throughout the day rather than skipping meals or choosing snacks over meals. 

2. Focus on fiber! Foods like fruits, veggies, and whole grains will keep you full and satisfied leaving no room for cravings. 

3. Protein is your superpower! Lean meats, tofu, and beans are secret weapons against cravings; they’ll keep you full and focused. 

4. Watch out for added sugar! Sugar is like bait for your cravings-keep your diet centered around whole foods and you’ll keep those cravings at bay. 

5. Stay hydrated! Sometimes thirst can be mistaken for hunger. Keep a water bottle handy and drink throughout the day. 

You can successfully win the cravings battle by applying these tactics. A nutrition coach can take it a step farther by helping you learn how to understand your triggers and develop a personalized strategy to tame the cravings beast.