What does it mean when you crave things? Often, people crave foods that are high in sugar and fats, which can make it hard to maintain a healthful diet. Cravings are caused by the regions of the brain that are responsible for memory, pleasure, and reward. An imbalance of hormones, such as leptin and serotonin, can also cause food cravings. If you have a lot of cravings, especially in the evening, here you have 7 questions that can help you get ridd of the cravings:
Go throughthem and find out if you need to do one or several adjustments to get ridd of your cravings and boost your body and results!
1. Are you drinking enough water?
Sometimes thirst can be misunderstood as hunger. Drink a big glass of water and wait to check. You should drink approximately 8 glasses a day of water.
2. Do you eat enough food during the day?
If you don’t, this may cause your body to want snacks later in the day, especially in the evening. Make sure that you eat enough food and that you are eating your planned meal. If you are skipping a meal you increase the chances that you will have more cravings in the afternoon and in the evening.
3. Has it just become a bad habit?
If you get the same craving at the same time every evening, it can be a habit that has built up over time. Ask yourself: Is this something you are really craving or just a food you have gotten used to having at home.
4. Do you get enough sleep?
Even a single night with a lack of sleep can change the levels of our hunger and appetite hormones. This can lead to increased hunger. Make sure to get enough sleep at least 5 days a week and have timeouts during the day in stressful periods when you don’t get much sleep.
5. What type of food do you crave?
The type of food you crave can say a lot about your body health status. It can be a sign of hormonal imbalance or a sign that your lacking some of the nutrients found in the food you crave on. For example, if you constantly crave for sweets, maybe your body needs more magnesium or/and chromium in your diet. Magnesium and chromium can be found in natural foods such as broccoli, eggs, poultry, and dried beans or via supplements. It could be a good idea to check your vitamin levels at the doctor with a blood test.
6. Do you have a lot of stress in your life?
Cortisol triggers cravings for salty, sweet and fried foods, foods that give you a burst of energy and pleasure. The more uncontrolled stress in your life, the more likely you are to turn to food for emotional relief. Make sure to reduce stress in your life to reduce your cravings.
7. Do you have rules for what you are allowing yourself to eat?
Rules may cause you to want the food you are denying yourself, and sometimes wanting them even more. Therefor try to avoid making too strict rules and instead enjoy the food you crave once in a while.
Did you find anything you can do differently? Hopefully you found one or two adjustments you can do to minimize your cravings and instead feel full and satisfied and more easily take healthy decisions true the day!
All the best