Taking Back Control of Your Food Cravings is Timely!
One of my most difficult challenges in maintaining weight management is the fact that it takes so much self-discipline to see any visible benefits. We all have the same issue, I hear you say. “What’s new about that?” you may be thinking. Tell us something completely new!
Yes, we are all aware that this is the most serious issue, aren’t we? It goes without saying that eating is one of life’s greatest joys, and we would be considered odd if we thought differently.
After all, the vast majority of us are “normal” individuals. How many of us are able to maintain a perfect diet all of the time? We all have food issues to some degree, whether they are major or small. If we can identify that there is a problem and also make a point of learning a little bit about our health and appropriate food nutrition, we will be far more likely to make smarter judgments about our food choices in the long run.
There are many individuals who suffer from food “cravings,” and according to research, it is quite typical for food “cravings” to occur at certain times of day, with the majority of them occurring at night. You may have let your guard down, or you may have had an especially difficult day, and so you set off on your not-so-jolly journey in search of that delicious treat you’ve been eyeing. Tiredness and stress often combine to take their toll on even the most well-intentioned people, so please don’t be concerned; you are not alone in feeling this way.
A nighttime snack may rapidly develop into a full-blown eating frenzy when food “cravings” spiral out of control. This is something that most of us don’t understand or appreciate until it happens to us. After clearing a route through the house, we go to the kitchen and any other potential hiding spots where food may be found.
The majority of food cravings are not motivated by a desire to alleviate a nutritional deficiency or imbalance. There is a strong correlation between them and mental distress, or worse, they are produced by plain and simple gluttony. The exact reason for human overindulgence is still a mystery, but our understanding of the topic is growing all the time.
These are some of my thoughts on how to keep food cravings under control.-
You won’t be able to eat if the food isn’t provided. Fill the cookie jar to the brim and keep it that way! Keep healthy food options available at all times.
Understanding the thoughts, sensations, and emotions that contribute to a food desire is critical for success. Food cravings may occur when you are bored, or they may be triggered by feelings of loneliness, or they may be caused by stress. If you can pinpoint the emotional trigger that is causing your hunger, you will be half way to victory because you will be able to deal with the feeling that is causing you to want a certain meal.
Even knowing that a desire is going to occur does not always appear to be of assistance. Nevertheless, please do not punish yourself for this; what has been done is done; do not feel guilty since, after all, there is always tomorrow. Why not contact one of your friends and tell them how you are feeling at the moment? It is a really excellent idea to make good use of your support network while you are going through a difficult period.
Self-control and discipline are insufficient in and of themselves to achieve success! If you rely only on your own ability to maintain control, you will fail. Developing loving and helpful connections is very important, so if you do not already have a support network, begin putting one in place as soon as possible.
Make sure you get adequate sleep. When you are feeling exhausted, you are more prone to wanting certain foods, and for me, it is generally chocolate; maybe you have the same cravings.
Never give up on your dreams. If you see yourself going off the rails, don’t give up. Get a hold of yourself and do whatever it takes to regain control, because you truly need to get that control back. Restraint should be practiced the majority of the time, but do not become obsessed with or unbalanced in your weight reduction strategy. Think in terms of moderation rather than complete abstention at all times!
Exercise This will boost the production of feel-good endorphins, which will assist you in reducing your cravings. Every day, make an effort to engage in at least 30 minutes of physical exercise. Everyone says they are unable to squeeze in any exercise, but trust me, you can! We are just talking about 30 minutes here, so at the very least, it will mean you will have to get out of bed a little earlier.
A quick stroll in the early morning can do wonders for your spirit and your soul, and it will help you feel more energized for the rest of the day!
Exercising moderation is recommended. You should consume 100 to 200 calories of whatever it is that you happen to be wanting at that specific point in time, rather than filling yourself with every type of food in the hope that your desires will vanish.
Low-fat meals and complex carbohydrates may be substituted. If you want chocolate, try nonfat chocolate yogurt or mousse instead, or try fig bars or raisins if you’re looking for something sweet to satisfy your sweet tooth. You will be astounded at how much this will benefit you.
You must make an effort to never miss a meal. It is much more prudent to consume something, even if it is just an apple, every three to five hours. Try eating six smaller meals throughout the day, or normal meals with healthy snacks in between.
Keep in mind that hunger desires are often triggered by stress and should be avoided. Other stress-relieving techniques may be used, such as taking a stroll in the park, connecting with spirituality, sitting by a warm fireplace, or even taking a bath. As you can see, all of these things stimulate neurochemicals, which in turn activate areas of the brain, resulting in an increased sense of well-being. It is true that relaxation methods may be very helpful in lowering the amount of stress that you may be feeling.
So the bottom line is to attempt to replace comfort foods with pleasant activities wherever possible.
Keep an eye out for medicines that may increase your desire to consume food. Certain medications used in the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder have the potential to act as appetite stimulants. Other medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, may have an impact on appetite as well. If you are on medicine and are experiencing food cravings, speak with your doctor or pharmacist about your situation. Maybe you’ll be able to come up with a solution that doesn’t let your food desires spiral out of control.
Distract yourself from the situation. What’s that old saying? “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop,” right? Get to work, people! Do everything you can to avoid giving in to your desires for food, and keep doing it until the urges have disappeared.
I’ll leave you with one last thought. Consider taking a peek inside your refrigerator and kitchen cabinets, as well as doing some basic “home cleaning. Remove all of the harmful items from your home that are just waiting to ruin your diet, and begin buying more judiciously. You may greatly increase your chances of success by exercising some foresight and cautious preparation.
One of my unbreakable rules is that I never go grocery shopping while I’m hungry! It’s a death sentence!
So, to summarize, remember that moderation is the key. Eat healthfully and in moderation at all times, and never forget that you are just human at the end of the day. If you do succumb to temptation, don’t be too hard on yourself; tomorrow is a new day. Live long, enjoy your life, and most importantly, be joyful!