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August 16, 2019
Have you ever had a night that right before bedtime, you all of a sudden started craving ice cream or something else to eat? You tell yourself that you know it’s not good to be eating that late, especially junk food. However, all of a sudden you find yourself gobbling it down anyway. Your taste buds just had a romp in the park like a puppy unleashed for the first time.
An article by Alyssa Raiola gives some hints on how to stop any craving right when it hits you. No matter if it’s a late-night slice of pizza or a sugary breakfast pastry, everyone has these cravings (especially my teenage grandson)! It’s so difficult to ignore those cravings that our brains actually play a huge role in. Of course, those luscious looking food ads on TV don’t help us much either. These cravings are both mental and physical, according to Michael Mantell, Ph.D., a transformational behavioral coach who specializes in obesity. He believes it begins in your mind and then in your mouth.
It isn’t just a lack of self-control but could also be your body’s way of asking for more fuel. The body is designed to do everything to prevent you from starving, so if you don’t give your body enough food, or food that breaks down too quickly, it releases stress hormones. Tara Coleman, a clinical nutritionist says your body wants fuel fast and it usually wants it in the simplest form (sugar), which is why we tend to crave sweets and carbs and not those veggies.
Those cravings can also be tied to feelings of sadness, anger, boredom, stress and even excitement. Be aware of this connection because we can’t avoid feeling stressed, tired or really hungry all the time.
Try the following tips to avoid these cravings:
It’s important to make sure you’re putting enough fuel in your body before a craving even strikes. Don’t go too low in calories, protein and fat or you will wonder why you’re spending the entire night snacking. Steer clear of caffeine, drink lots of water and prioritize your sleep to kick cravings to the curb. Otherwise, just take control of your own thoughts and actions or treat yourself in a different way to upend those cravings.
Dr Fredda Branyon