Let’s be honest, cravings hit us all and when they hit…we HAVE to satisfy them. In our everyday lives cravings seem to pop up around every corner. Cravings can be bothersome, and if we are not aware of WHY our cravings surface we will spin our wheels trying to satisfy these cravings – with no success. Understanding the source of our cravings – as well as the source to satisfy them – will bring a sense of control when they show themselves in our lives. Through my study with IIN, I’ve been able to focus quite a bit of research on how to recognize and satisfy the cravings as they arise. Below are list of reasons we tend to experience cravings, as well as a few guidelines to help maneuver through the phase.
Ever notice how when stressful situations pop-up, we immediately head for the snacks. Stress can cause cortisol levels to rise which in turn will trigger our desire for salty, sweet and even fried foods. Instead of giving in to the cravings find a quiet spot and take a few breaths to lower your stress levels. I also find that a small piece of dark chocolate or a cup of warm black or green tea helps to kick the stress levels down a notch. Lack of sleep, of course, is one of the main contributors to high cortisol levels. When you feel that stress craving coming on, recognize it then make it a priority to hit the sack earlier for the next few days.
The sweet tooth pays us all a visit every now and then. Most of the time when we are craving sugar it is most likely due to being dehydrated. Dehydration can be a lack of liquid or solids (water or food). Try drinking an 8 oz glass of water when the sugar cravings hit. I’m pretty sure the craving will go away within a few minutes. If not, have another glass 🙂
This sounds absolutely disgusting – it is! Cravings will usually surface when there are leftover tastes from previously eaten foods. These tastes will linger on our tongue and if we do not properly clean our tongues these pesky lil’ things will hang out for quite some time. So go ahead, get that toothbrush out and scrub your tongue clean.
So there you have it. Mainly, I would encourage you to be aware of your body and how it reacts to a craving and then move in a direction which helps you to Deconstruct the Craving in an overall healthy and beneficial way.