How to Curb Food Cravings

 

It can be hard to stay on top of your health goals. It’s easier to reach for comfort foods or a few glasses of wine. When we eat junk food our brain makes a happy hormone, which makes us want more.

Your goals are in your control. Here are some tips to help curb those food cravings and get you back on track.

    1. Sleep well. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body craves an energy boost. Usually that boost is in the form of sugar. It is important to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep to prevent cravings and make sound decisions.
    2. Eat a balanced breakfast. Start your day with a balanced breakfast like eggs with greens, sweet potato and avocado. This will keep you full longer and help you feel more balanced and energized.
    3. Eat throughout your day. Skipping a meal can leave you feeling angry because you are hungry (hangry). When you get to this point, cravings can take over! Eating regularly will help balance your blood sugar.
    4. Drink water. When you get cravings, have a big glass of water first. Many times we confuse thirst with hunger and drinking water first can help.
    5. Eat mindfully. Your body feels more satisfied when you slow down and focus on your food. When you are satisfied, there are less chances for cravings. Pay attention to your food as you eat to help you listen to your body about hunger and feeling full.
    6. Find the root cause. Sometimes our cravings come from emotions like stress or sadness. Try to think about where your cravings are coming from. Ask yourself: What am I feeling right now? What do I truly want right now? What can I do to fulfill that desire in this moment.

 

To learn more about wellness contact the Wellness Department at Community Healthcare Network at (212) 432-8494 or wellness@chnnyc.org