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Kick Cravings to the Curb!

When it comes to food, we know that we should check in with our bodies to see if we're actually hungry before we start eating. Obvious, right? It's been one of the effective strategies for my clients who want to lose weight or fat, especially when it's paired with eating slowly. And for clients who are focused on health, they notice how much better they feel right away. Buuuut, there's often a sticking point that interferes with this basic practice and it's very frustrating:


CRAVINGS

If you've been there - chocolate, cookies, ice cream - whatever your go-to, here's what you need to know about your cravings:


Sleep

When you're not getting enough sleep, there are physiological changes that happen to increase your appetite hormones and decrease your satiety hormones. Whether it's because of night owl tendencies or poor sleep hygiene, or possibly underlying medical issues, sleep needs to be addressed for a whole lot of reasons. (If you'd like to know more about the havoc insufficient sleep can wreak, read Matthew Walker's Why We Sleep.) You can find tips on better quality sleep here.


Cravings to Cope

Of course, we eat for many more reasons than just hunger and sleep loss. Most of those reasons have to do with feelings and habits. Maybe, like me, you're upbringing included family activities paired with sweets. Or maybe you've gotten into the habit of soothing uncomfortable feelings with food. It's easier and much more pleasant to dive into a pint of Ben & Jerry's than face those kind of feelings. But it doesn't make things better, and you wind up disappointed and frustrated, and over time, it's likely to negatively impact your physical health.


Dealing with Cravings

So what can you do to kick those cravings to the curb? Start by observing what's happening when they strike. That will help you decide what you really need. You can use this handy guide for tips on what you can do instead:


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