Ever have a craving for something sweet and either battle it out in your mind whether you should indulge or not, or if you are like me usually just indulge moderately? Well, I’m here to tell you why you should do both.
Cravings are a way your body communicates with you. Despite studies offering conflicting responses to this question, there is no denying your body ‘communicates’ usually conveniently when you see the food or smell it. But there are good reasons why you should not ignore your body telling you to eat something…
Shape magazine does a great job explaining “What Your Cravings Mean”.
For example, did you know that texture of foods, not only flavors mean something?
Craving crunchy foods hints to inner frustration and irritation. So opt for nuts vrs a bag of chips.
Craving creamy foods could indicate worrisome thoughts. There a reason ice cream, macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes are comfort foods. Craving any of these? Instead, opt for a massage, comfy clothing or a warm soothing aromatherapy bath.
Craving sweets? This could suggest being tired. Reflect on your sleep and remember although foods like white bread and sugary sweets give you energy quickly (sugar high!), remember how short lived it is and opt for a walk, which according to studies, boosts energy and yields a clear head.
Another great reason to not deny your cravings are because if you are trying to lose a couple pounds and eat healthier, and continue to deny your cravings, the cravings wont necessarily go away but rather tend to increase and you may end up binging and eating potentially more calories in the long run. Versus, taking the time to indulge in that craving but in a healthier manner. Sounds logical doesn't it?
For example. Today my husband bought glazed donuts. One of my favorite sweets. But recently I have been trying to lose some weight and make healthier choices and I started to have a battle in my mind. It went something like this:
“Oh one donut doesn't do any harm”
“Once in a while its ok”
But I decided to hold off. It was a challenge because as I said, they are my favorite donut and they were sitting within gobbling reach and just waiting for me to eat them. I ate dinner and opened the fridge to prepare something sweet for later on during a movie night. I scanned the fridge and saw much healthier options, passion fruit organic yogurt, raspberries, and a digestive cookie. So now I can say, I spared myself the calories and the exercise that I know very well it would take to burn off that donut away. Yippee!
So, if a craving creeps up, do not deny it. Because let’s say I denied my sweet craving this evening. I’m telling you right now that craving would be there tomorrow and most likely creep up in another inconvenient way.
Have a craving? Take a second and allow yourself to think calmly of healthier options before reaching for anything within gobbling reach.
But give yourself that indulgence & enjoy food moderately and by choosing healthier options! It can be done!