Conquering Food Cravings

By on April 2, 2015

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Do you feel guilty and blame yourself? Have you ever craved certain food items even though you are full and felt like it was a bad reflection on you?  Food cravings is capable of worsening your mood and at the same time increasing the need for serotonin and setting up a pattern of emotional eating. The habit of eating unhealthy foods require extra measure of discipline and self-control if you are to conquer and tame it.

Food Cravings are a way through which our body tells us somethings are not right, this can be a problem with our physical, hormonal, neurochemical, or emotional self.

One of the emotional motivator that influence and draws us running to our refrigerator is stress. When we hold on to stress, worry sets in, and thereby becoming depressed.

Causes Of Emotional Eating

Often times we grow up with emotional eating in the way we are brought up. This is mostly the fault of parents in the quest to satisfy their children and make them stop crying. Habits such as:

  1. Giving food to a child to make him/her stop crying
  2. Forcing children to eat more in other to make them feel better
  3. Making a child eat all on his/ her plate and punishing the child or making him/her fell guilty if the food is not finished
  4. Enticing children with food in order to like you better or make them stop doing somethings

No matter what the cause may be, you are not bound by this bad habits and your past, start evaluating yourself and try to discover what life style factors might be contributing to your situation.

How To Curb Food Cravings

Here are a few of practical tips to help curb your food cravings while at the same time dealing with emotions that are bringing about these cravings of unhealthy foods:

  1. Do not go anywhere without moving with a healthy snack such as fruits or nuts in resealable bags/containers.
  2. Take water with you at all times. Drinking frequently helps to curb hunger pangs and make you feel full without turning to unhealthy foods and high sugar beverages. Drinking water is good for the total functioning of your body.
  3. Make healthier food choices
  4. Take control of your food portions, avoid eating directly from the food package, put little to eat in a plate and put the rest away.
  5. Distract yourself when you crave: take a walk from to keep your craving off your mind, switch activity. This will help you release stress and burn off extra calories you may have accumulated.
  6. Eat 3 well balanced meal a day and have a healthy snack in the afternoon. Let you diet be more of high fiber foods to help stabilize blood sugar and help you control hunger.
  7. Keep track of your cravings per time and note where you are prone to crave. This will help to determine underlying emotions such as stress which may be responsible for your turning to food at certain times of the day.
  8. If you experience depression, loneliness, self-loathing, low self-esteem and others, forgive yourself and begin got love, respect and accept you just the way you are.
  9. Seek medical help as early as possible if you have any of the feelings above.

Eating disorder, unhealthy food cravings must not be taken lightly, if you are affected talk to someone today, visit websites and seek out information.

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