Cravings

Cravings are the main reason people say they fail at diets.  At times they can be uncontrollable!!

 

There are two main types of cravings

  • Emotional craving

  • Physical craving

 

We can crave:

Alcohol

Sugar – cake, lollies, chocolates

Bread and carbssssss

 

Physical Cravings

Low Blood Sugar

  • Main trigger for food cravings

  • Caused when we become extremely hungry or are trying to follow a very low calorie diet.

Blood Sugar Imbalance

  • Fluctuation of blood sugar levels can cause cravings, water retention, excessive thirst and mood swings.

 

Hormones

  • Hormones can cause intense food cravings, especially for women.

Allergies

  • Studies show that certain cravings, like wheat, gluten or sugar, actually reveal

  • food allergies.

 

Emotional Cravings

  • These foods can make us feel better

  • We use food to comfort ourselves and have strong emotional ties to certain foods and flavours.

  • We can eat out of stress, depression and boredom.

 

How do we deal with Cravings?

  • A cup of tea/coffee

  • Undertake a distracting activity like taking the dog for a walk

  • Listen to some music

  • Watch a movie

  • Read a book or any other relaxing activity

  • Chewing Gum

  • Water