By Faith Litke @organic_faith_
We all battle those moments of craving things we aren't meant to be eating, especially while we are cleansing.
The good news is that we have some simple tools to help you stay on target and to keep those naughty things at bay!
Just remember that if you do cave, don't give up!!
Caving for cravings is part of the process. We get back up and start again, because after all— we are just human and we deserve a little compassion from ourselves while we are learning a new way.
Here is our top 10 tip list on how to set yourself up for success and to BUST THOSE CRAVINGS:
1. Practice mindful eating. It teaches you to develop awareness of your eating habits, emotions, hunger, boredom, cravings, and sensations. It helps you be aware of what is actual hunger and cravings. You can choose responsibly rather than compulsively. Be present while eating and focus on exactly what you're doing through the entire meal/snack. Slow down and chew slower. Paying attention actually can shift everything you think you want. Listen in.
2. Avoid stress. Stress is a massive trigger in general for eating our emotions, so it is best to minimize it as best you can while cleansing so we can't just blame the chocolate cake on the stressful day we had at work.
3. Don't shop while hungry. This is so helpful as we tend to buy EVERYTHING when we show up to the shops starving. Make a list and have a snack before you go so the naughty and tempting foods stay on the shelf at the Whole Foods.
4. Avoid getting too hungry. This means snack, A LOT. You may want to snack every 1.5-2 hours if you are new to this. It will keep you sustained all through the day and between meals. It keeps you from eating the whole pantry in a weak moment and also saves your loved ones from dealing with your hanger.
5. Plan your meals. It's easy to get to the end of your day and feel like you could eat an entire super burrito if you don't have a healthy meal plan. Just make a simple meal plan for the day or week and follow it. Even if you switch up the meals a little, the planning helps keep you on track and aware of what you're choosing to eat.
6. Distance yourself. When you have a craving, distance yourself from it. Go for a brisk walk. Think about something else. Brush your teeth. Make a list. A little distraction goes a long way when stepping away from the craving rather than letting it own you.
7. Drink plenty of fluids. Sometimes we crave food when we are actually dehydrated. Getting plenty of lemon water, juices,and herbal tea blends will help satiate you and before you know it, you feel better and don't have cravings.
8. Get plenty of sleep. Your appetite is largely affected by hormones that fluctuate throughout the day. Sleep deprivation can lead to poor appetite and strong cravings. Try to sleep between 10-2 for optimal healing hours (per Medical Medium).
9. Understand your cravings! Sweet and salty cravings don't necessarily mean anything bad, in fact, it could be exactly what you need. If you're craving sweets, eat loads of fruit! Your body is begging for good sources of glucose (not bad or processed sugars) and if you're craving salty food, bring in some celery and/ or leafy greens like spinach. These stabilize and nourish the body. Skip adding salt to your food if you can as it tends to pickle your liver.
10. Journal your emotions. This can be so helpful in raising our awareness about our emotional eating. We often feed emotions over our need to survive. Jotting down how you are feeling during your cravings may start to reveal patterns with certain emotions and foods. Think of ways you can nurture and express your feelings rather than feeding them with food you don't really want to be eating
Cravings will come and go but just know that you are powerful and resourceful and this is all about getting to know yourself on an even deeper level!