Most of us know that we should be eating more leafy greens and less refined sugar – but for some reason many of us crave a highly processed, sweet, salty, high-fat diet.
To actually understand cravings, you need to understand what a craving is.
Simply put: Your body is smart and a craving is a signal from your body telling you it’s missing something. It can mean anything from a hormone imbalance to an emotional imbalance (as your body’s way of dealing with stress) to an indication of a lack of specific nutrients.
What you eat regularly will also be closer to what your body will tend to crave and it’s very rare that you crave something you don’t often eat.
If you’re struggling with your cravings, I think the best way to manage your cravings may be to actually retrain your taste buds and trade your highly processed foods to more natural, unprocessed foods.
It’s also important to note that by retraining your taste buds, you will also be rewiring your hormonal response to foods – as most of these foods in combination can alter our hormonal response to drive us to crave more of it (dopamine) and suppress our fullness response (leptin).
How can you conquer your cravings?
1. Consume a whole-food based diet and eliminate processed foods.
2. Replace unhealthy vegetable oils with healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil or avocado.
3. Reduce the amount of salt you add to your meals by adding sea vegetables like dulse flakes for “salt”
4. Avoid adding sugar to any food or beverages. If you drink coffee, only drink it black. You can use spices like cinnamon for added flavour. Artificial sweeteners (including natural sweeteners like stevia) should also be avoiding during this process.
5. Consume more water. If you do not like the taste of water, flavour it with real natural flavours like cucumber, lemon, or mint.
If you are experiencing symptoms of chronic fatigue, decreased ability to handle stress, increased hunger, never feeling full/satiated or constant food cravings – I highly recommend checking out “The Hormone Reboot – Digestive Healing” in the guide section of my website.