I have a huge problem with cravings but have found a way, not to control them (because honestly speaking, YOU CAN’T) but to keep them away instead.
People like to jump to solutions like drink plenty of water, distance yourself from the craving like going for a walk…dude, if I want a chocolate now…I will walk…walk to the shop to get me one. No amount of water is going to make my craving for a whole nut chocolate slab go away.
There are many ways to ‘control’ your cravings from getting enough sleep to reducing stress but how is this helping me right now…I want my slab of chocolate.
Controlling your craving is merely working with the symptom and not the cause. So, I am going to get right to the cause so that I do not have to deal with the symptom.
The reason why we crave foods are simple
We are not getting the key nutrients in our body and the body starts reacting. The body asks for certain foods and we misinterpret the signal. So, we say we crave chocolate because I cannot imagine you ever saying ‘ooh how I crave magnesium’)
Why I used to crave choccies
A craving for chocolate may be a need for magnesium, and some people find they can satisfy the craving by eating magnesium rich food such as almonds – I always have a packet of almonds in my bag – and if nothing but chocolate will do, opt for dark chocolate… 70% plus cocoa. I heart the little Vida e Caffé choccies that you get with your cuppa. The intensity of dark chocolate makes it easier to feel satisfied with less…and it’s not a whole slab!
How I keep my cravings at bay
1) I eat proper meals more often
Get the nutrients your body need in smaller quantities throughout the day. Instead of eating one humongous plate for lunch, break it up into two servings with an hour gap between the two. Make sure that you divide your servings in such a way that both plates consist of carbs and protein. Have a fruit after each serving. Personally, I opt for black coffee after meals…that’s just me.
2) Strong Bitter Black Coffee
I have a cup of coffee between meals. Caffeine is a temporary appetite suppressant but keeps me full and going for the next few hours until my next meal. On the upside for weightloss, Caffeine can boost the metabolic rate and increase fat burning, but we all know about too much of a good thing- if you’re thinking of grinding them beans, you may become tolerant to the effects and it stops working. So, limit your coffee intake to a maximum of 3 cups if you love coffee like I do.