Last updated on May 9th, 2019 at 10:12 am
If you want to succeed at healthy eating (or anything whatsoever), managing your cravings and impulses is key! Without research and personal experience with food cravings, I’d still be at the mercy of them.
According to an article published in Frontiers in Psychiatry, “cravings represent strong motivational states that are characterized by intense desires typically relating to the anticipation of consuming pleasure-producing substances or engaging in hedonic behaviors.” Cravings sometimes feel unbearable. You need that chocolate bar. Or something! And a carrot definitely won’t do the trick.
Cravings can drive you up the wall – unless you know how to handle them. But how?
Last updated on June 26th, 2021 at 05:28 pm
Have you ever decided that you weren’t going to eat a specific type of food or drink for a set period of time? Or maybe you promised yourself that you’d never ever eat [insert your favorite food]. For how long did you succeed?
Eating patterns that are too restrictive may actually be counterproductive. We simply seem to crave what we can’t have.
What’s going on? Instead of helping us resist and forever refrain from eating our crave foods, our inner rebel sticks its greedy head out in search of what we’re taking away. Inner rebel? All of us have a part that wish to do the complete opposite of what we’re told to. And in regards to eating habits, this may stem from how we ate at home in our childhoods.
In order to keep this rebel in check, it’s key to include limited amounts of delicious and entertaining foods periodically.
Don’t fall into the deprivation trap!