Help! My Cravings Are Controlling My Life! … Do This Instead

Help! My Cravings Are Controlling My Life! … Do This Instead

Help! My Cravings Are Controlling My Life! … Do This Instead

If you’re like most people, you probably have a few areas of your life where you feel like you’re not in control. Maybe it’s with your finances, or with your weight, or maybe even with your cravings for certain foods. If that sounds like you, read on – this post is for you! 


In today’s post, we’ll look at how to deal with those pesky cravings, and show you that there IS a way to take back control. So if cravings are controlling your life, do this instead! 


Are you getting protein from every meal?


If you’re like most people, you’re probably always on the lookout for ways to control your cravings. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or simply eat healthier, taking control of your cravings is essential. And one of the best ways to do that is by making sure you’re getting enough protein and fat at each meal.


You see, when you eat sugar-laden foods, your blood sugar levels spike and then crash, leaving you feeling tired and sluggish. But when you eat protein and fat-rich foods, your blood sugar levels stay more stable, preventing those pesky cravings from taking over. So if you’re looking to take control of your cravings in a natural way, make sure you’re getting plenty of protein and fat at each meal.


Responding to stress


We are all stressed out. But how are YOU managing it? 


We need to take care of our mental well-being by calming the stress response.  Mindfulness has many benefits and is an easy way for us all. There are plenty of apps online where we can find what works best for us.


Mindful moments don’t have to be long or intense – they could simply involve taking deep breaths while walking down the street which will help regulate how fast our heart rate goes up when stressed out because this helps calm nerves as well. 


You can start your day the right way by taking a few moments to practice mindfulness. This will help you avoid checking social media or other distractions that might tempt us in our early morning hours, which leads nicely into point two: being able for longer periods without stimulation helps stave off cravings later on during lunchtime.


A quick fix is all it takes – just put away those devices before breakfast so we aren’t tempted. 


Good old salt


You may not realize it, but something as simple as salt can help control cravings. That’s because the adrenal gland, which is responsible for regulating stress levels, needs salt to function properly. When the adrenal gland isn’t working properly, it can cause a build-up of neurotransmitters that make you crave unhealthy foods. 


You may have been told that salt is the enemy, but when it comes to cravings, salt can be your friend. That’s because salt helps to hydrate the cells, and when you’re properly hydrated, you’re less likely to crave unhealthy foods. So if you find yourself reaching for the cookies or chips, try taking a small sip of water first. You might just find that your body was asking for water, not sugar. Dehydration can mimic hunger.


If you’re the many out there who have trouble saying no to unhealthy foods, don’t worry, there is hope. By implementing these three simple steps – getting enough protein from every meal, being mindful about the way you respond to stress, and thinking about your salt intake- you can start to combat your cravings and take back control of your life. And if you need a little help along the way, we’re here for you! Schedule a free discovery call with one of our experts today and let us help get you on the path to healthy eating and living.



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DISCLAIMER: The information in this email is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content is for general informational purposes only and does not replace a consultation with your own doctor/health professional 

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