Cravings? Hungry all the time?
Constant cravings or hunger, is a sign (or symptom) that something is not working correctly inside the body. Your body is telling you something is off. The trick is narrowing down "what" is off, and working to gain balance.
Here are our tips for reducing cravings:
- Are you consuming enough protein?
- Ideally, you should have at least 10g of protein with every meal / snack you eat. Protein can come from varied sources like lean meats, nuts, dairy, vegetables, fruit or a supplement.
- Are you getting 7-8 hours of sleep?
- Sleep largely controls hormones, especially cortisol (stress), insulin and hunger hormones like Ghrelin and Leptin. Getting sleep deprived really adds to cravings and potentially weight gain. Check out tips on getting better sleep in this article ---->Tips on how to get more sleep
- Are you drinking enough water?
- It's important to know that studies have shown drinking 2 cups of water before each meal accelerates weight loss.
- See my video ----> The most inexpensive weight loss ingredient
- To up the "hunger control” of your pre-meal water try adding 2 oz. of ACV and 1 tsp of cinnamon.
- Here's our recipe: 12 oz. pure water, 2 oz. Apple Cider Vinegar with mother, 2 oz. Lemon Juice, 1 tsp. of cinnamon, dash of cayenne pepper (optional), stevia to sweeten (optional) * apple cider vinegar and cinnamon, which have been shown in human studies to help reduce post-meal blood sugar spikes and improve insulin sensitivity.
- Are you eating the wrong types of foods?
- Foods high in sugar increase insulin levels which increase cravings.
- Are you overeating?
- Again, high insulin levels increase cravings.
- Are you stressed?
- What is Stress? Stress = a go go go lifestyle, emotional upset, or even a physical condition (known or unknown condition).
- Stress releases the hormone Cortisol and Cortisol increases appetite.
- See Article: Why stress causes people to over eat
- Are you undernourished?
- Cravings can be because you are lacking a certain nutrient.
- Are you keeping busy or do you have a large amount of free time spent around food?
- Many times, we confuse boredom with hunger and this can easily add up to make food cross our minds more than it should. Getting out of the house more, hiding the sight of foods or just keeping busy daily can really help manage this.