5 ways to fight cravings
Try these awesome life hacks to help you eat healthy.
When it’s cold and rainy outside, all we really want is a fluffy blanket, a good movie, and a plate full of something hot and delicious. Yep, winter cravings are bound to strike. And when they do, they strike BIG TIME.
Our goal is like everyone else’s – to make it through the next couple months without picking up a ton of extra baggage along the way. Come pool-party season, we’d like to recognize our own bodies in the mirror. And while that’s easy to say, it’s difficult to care about carbs when you’re bundled up and craving pizza.
Luckily we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves. Here are 5 unexpected ways to help manage your eating this winter and keep your wits about you when you walk past a glass case of donuts. Try them out and let us know if they help. YOU CAN DO IT. #WeGotYou
1. Dress Warm
Put on your puffy winter coat, and don’t you dare leave home without it! When it’s cold outside, your body temperature drops, and your brain goes into survival mode, telling you to eat food that will warm you up fast. (Usually high-carb, high-calorie warm foods like mac & cheese.) Wearing layers will heat up your body and you won’t feel such strong impulses to snack.
2. Drink Warm
Along with dressing warm, you can also drink warm. This has the same science behind it: preventing your body from going into survival mode. So instead of drinking cold ice water, opt for a cup of tea or coffee, or a even just hot water. It’ll warm you up on the inside and keep your hands cozy too. #KeepCalm #KeepWarm
3. Fill up on Fiber
People who have a lot of fiber in their diets (with foods like beans, whole grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables) are able to lose weight. This could be because fibrous foods take longer to chew and digest, and they take up more space in our stomachs. When you feel more full, you won’t have hunger pains in between meals. #HangryNoMore
4. Don’t Skip Protein
If you’re only eating carbs for breakfast, you’re not going to feel full for very long. Shook yet? Wait a few hours and your body will be screaming for snacks again. We need protein in our diet because it keeps our blood sugar under control. Without it, your glucose levels will be bouncing off the walls, triggering your brain to either grab a candy bar or pass out under your desk. High-protein meals will help you keep your cool.
5. Eat mindfully
THINK BEFORE YOU EAT. Look at that handful of your kid’s dino chicken nuggets. Do you really need to put those in your mouth? Are you actually hungry right now or just bored? Wouldn’t cooking your own nutritious meal be a smarter option?
Mindful eating will prevent you from constant snacking and overeating. Try to plan out your meals and snacks in advance, so when a craving does come, you’ll be prepared to handle it. Our best tip for feeling satiated: slow down down, breathe, chew slowly, and savour every bite of your food.
Good luck! And remember, please snack responsibly.
– The goodNes Crew