We all get them. Cravings aren’t just something women get while they’re pregnant, but something everyone deals with. Whether it is chocolate or greasy food, or even a piece of fruit, we all have cravings. There is a way to decode your cravings, and figure out if it’s a habit that’s creating the craving, or if it’s a nutritional deficiency that’s got you wanting chocolate.
We’re going to chat about habitual cravings now, and we’ll cover deficiency cravings in a bit.
So a habitual craving – can be as simple as always eating a certain food during a certain event. You always get popcorn at the movies, or you are sure to have that greasy burger on the drive to the cottage. These cravings are born out of habits, usually not the best habits. But habits can be reformed, we can make small changes and rewire our habits to be a bit healthier, or we can overhaul them and change them completely.
The burger joint you stop at on the way to the cottage, well that’s a tradition, and it’s once a year, twice at most. So maybe instead of the jumbo fries, you can pack some fresh veggies and fresh fruit. Eat something in the car before you get there and then you won’t feel the need to eat every last bite.
So habits are a bit more ingrained and more frequent. We often spend the evening watching The Good Wife while we work away on little things. If that’s 3 evenings a week, and I were to dig into a bowl of pretzels or ice cream, can you imagine how much extra I was putting in my body each week! It’s crazy to think that some people are doing that not just 2 or 3 times a week, but every evening! Changing a habit like that can be hard, but if you take it in stages it’s easier. Decide to have something healthy before you dig into the treats. Have a bowl of fresh veggies, or some protein. You’ll be less hungry for the treat after, and if you do want it as a treat, it’s not going to get out of hand, because you’re already fueling your body.
Habitual cravings can be tough to overcome, but it’s possible!
You decided to take control of your eating and start eating clean. Today is the day you’re going to do it, which is amazing. You’ve prepped your food for the week, and it’s go time! Day one goes great! You are so excited for the food you prepared, you’re feeling great. You’re getting rid of some of those after meal cravings, you have lots of energy, you’re drinking more water and you’re doing amazing. Day three comes and the cravings hit, doubt creeps in, and you are questioning why you’re doing this. Day 5 comes and you cannot look at another meal of plain chicken breast with broccoli and quinoa ever again. Here is why junk food will always win against “clean” eating.
When we eat junk food we are meeting all of our sensory needs. We are getting different textures, lots of different flavors, different colors and when you look at the plate clean food you don’t see that. You don’t get the sensory side of eating, which is why by day 5 you’re begging for some junk food.
There is a way to eat clean and not crave the junk you know you shouldn’t eat. It is really quite simple! Add flavours! Don’t be afraid of a little spice! When you eat the same bland things day after day, no matter how you’re meeting your nutrition needs, you’re missing one key part of the experience! You’re missing the flavour, colour, and the pop! That an amazing meal has. Clean eating does not have to be boring and bland! In fact it shouldn’t be at all.
The clients in my 4 Week Slim Down are enjoying this Haddock recipe, and loving it! It’s not boring or bland, and if you’re vegan or vegetarian, or you don’t do fish, you can substitute. What I love about it is you get flavour! There’s sweet, savoury, and creamy all in one meal, and you aren’t staring at a boring plate. If you want to switch it up, grab some chicken, or steak and grill it.
Junk food will always win the fight against bland boring foods. So to beat out the junk food, make sure you’re not eating boring clean food, eat great food that fulfills all your needs, including different colours and flavours.
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