The Unhealthy Craving Struggle Is Real
We all struggle with cravings now and then. Sometimes it is best to give in to them but not too often. Cravings can easily become addictions such as caffeine, cell phones, drugs, gambling, shopping, and more. However, most things are fine in moderation so let’s discuss some tips to beat your cravings and maintain healthy moderation.
#1 Distance Yourself From Cravings
When you feel a craving, try to distance yourself from it. Focus on the “out of sight, out of mind” distraction technique. For example, how can you eat sweets if they are not available? For us, we keep sweets in a freezer in the basement. If someone really feels they need a treat, they can go down there, but the four flights of stairs are often enough of a deterrent to prevent excesses.
Fill your time with hobbies, outdoor activities, and more. Evening walks work amazingly well to get those endorphins flowing. Physical exercise can take your mind off the cravings and lead to reduced stress levels, which can make cravings worse.
#2 Talk About It
As with any addiction, studies have shown that a buddy system is an effective strategy to achieve successful results. However, if a buddy doesn’t help calm down the cravings, then perhaps more intense medical help may be in order. Nowadays, you can get most services online with telemedicine. There are even self-help groups online, so feel free to utilize them to get through these difficult periods.
#3 Choose Healthy Options
Eating is the ultimate form of distraction, and an empty stomach even triggers some cravings. We all know the saying – do not grocery shop on an empty stomach! If you’re concerned about how much you crave unhealthy foods, then you can try swapping them out with healthy alternatives to keep your stomach and taste buds happy. Watch out for unhealthy food ingredients.
Same food but healthier versions:
- Try oven-baked or air-fried instead of greasy fried food
- Eat lower-sugar versions of your favorite cookies and sweets
- Eat smaller portions
- Try pizza with 100% whole grain crust or cauliflower crust
- Maybe skip the fattier and greasings toppings too?
- Eat potatoes with the skin for the extra fiber
- Try saltless fries
#4 Get Enough Sleep
We all love to turn our minds off when we’re tired, and we often resort to our phones, TV, eating, or other more mindless habits when we do so. Unfortunately, this can be detrimental if you’re addicted to any of the above.
Therefore, getting enough sleep and preventing slower days can help. Getting a good night’s sleep can be the best thing for avoiding cravings! Why? Well, sleep affects our hormones. For example, a lack of sleep causes an increase in Ghrelin, the hormone that causes hunger, and a decrease in Leptin, an appetite-suppressant.
A lack of sleep can also increase cortisol, which causes stress. Therefore, if you want to prevent your cravings naturally, it’s imperative to get a good night’s sleep. But, again, your phone can help — you can set the alarm for bedtime and alarm to stop looking at screens or have an app that helps track your sleep.
Above all, remember that some cravings are usual. It’s completely fine to want more salt, sugar, phone time, or tattoos now and then. Sometimes, it’s even your body’s way of telling you that you’re deficient in a specific nutrient. However, it would be best if you managed constant cravings to have a healthy lifestyle. We hope these tips helped you!