We all, at one time or another, have experienced food craving. Some of us are strong enough to resist the urge while others give in to the craving. Whether you can resist the urge or not, you should know that the cravings are all in your head. The areas of our brain that control memory and pleasure are responsible for recalling our cravings. So what can we do in order to reduce these urges?
One of the most important things that you can do in order to reduce cravings is to avoid stress. Cravings have a lot to do with emotion and desire. When we are stressed or anxious are brain triggers us to find comfort in food. It has been said that foods high in fat and sugar have a particularly calming effect. So try to avoid stress as much as possible.
When you want to reduce cravings, another thing to avoid is hunger. How many times have you gone to the store hungry and once you got home you could not believe how much junk food you purchased? Well, when you let yourself become hungry you will most likely end up overeating (if you are at home), or over- shopping (if you are at a store). Being hungry often leads to quick fix foods such as candy bars and chips. So try to eat smaller quantity meals more frequently, thus avoiding sudden hunger.
And lastly, if you are fairly weak when it comes down to giving in to cravings, try to equip your kitchen with smart carbs. Some smart carbs include whole grain, beans, fruit, and vegetables. These foods will provide you with nutritional power because they contain fiber, vitamins and minerals. The transition from carbs to smart carbs is very simple. For instance, instead of purchasing regular crackers, buy whole wheat or whole grain crackers.
If you are susceptible to cravings, try to avoid the urge by applying one or more of these techniques.