How to curb cravings

The number one question…

How can I curb cravings? This time of the year means more tea time, more cookies and hot chocolate and more warm lasagne and curry! Do you find yourself craving anything specific? And is it really that bad to give in?

You may have some serious goals you want to reach for summer time, this is the ideal time to reach them right? Perhaps winter time makes you feel a little down in the dumps and food is the only thing that can pick you up. Are you an emotional eater?

Cravings are not always a bad thing;

My rule of thumb is if it is something you have been thinking about for days or weeks then by all means allow yourself to have some! No one wants to walk around feeling absolutely miserable right? If, on the other hand, this feels temporary and you have serious goals to smash then please do use these tips below to avoid you derailing completely.

Are you eating enough?

Maybe your plan doesn’t allow you enough daily calories. Are you eating much less than you burn? That could back fire and create full on binges so please be wary. You cannot function and work let alone train properly and have the necessary energy without enough food in your system. Don’t create an environment where all you want is some
treats to keep you going for the day.

Find out what is stressing you out

We know that eating certain foods releases dopamine and that dulls your stress. Well only temporarily, as soon you start to get angry at yourself for giving in! Don’t do it! The more you knock yourself down for simple mishaps the worse it is for you than actually having the treat. Address your stress, and stop beating yourself up too.

Fill up on fibre and fats

Healthy fats and fibrous foods keep you fuller for longer so if you so have really busy days eating these types of foods will help you keep those cravings at bay for longer.

Let me know, has it been a particularly tough time this winter keeping on track? Have you managed to curb your cravings? Comment below and chat soon x


P. S. Check out a previous blog about meal prep – as they say failing to prepare is preparing to fail

Isilda Da Costa is a personal trainer and women’s fitness specialist who, if she isn’t at the gym training, is busy researching the most up to date information for growing those muscles. She has combined her love of everything healthy by being a health coach in her own health shop in Swaziland. Follow along on @izzy.healthandfitness

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