Mindfulness & Cravings
Do you suffer from frequent cravings for unhealthy foods that are high in fat or sugar? As a person who used to be addicted to sugar I know this feeling way too well. It is so hard to overcome cravings for those unhealthy yet tasty foods that we love. My bad craving used to be for sweet sugary sour candies. I would literally eat a whole bag of sour patch kids in one setting!!!!!
On my journey toward wellness I learned how to use my mind to help with not just stress levels but also to be mindful of what I was eating. Studies have shown that people who crave unhealthy foods can practice mindfulness in order to overcome their cravings. Learning how to identify what is causing these cravings or if it’s even a craving or just tiredness can be beneficial.
Most often we crave certain foods because our body may be deficient in a particular mineral or we may just be bored or super tired.There are several different ways to practice mindfulness the next time your having a craving for an unhealthy food. Below are a few ways that may help you.
#1 Take 5 deep breaths. Focusing on your breathing not only helps you reduce stress and calm down, it can also help you focus on what your actually feeling. Is it true hunger or anxiety telling you to eat?
#2 Meditation. I live by meditation to help me in so many areas of my life. It’s also known to help with mindful eating.
#3 Food logs. There is something about logging your food that holds you accountable about what your actually putting into your mouth. Once you see how much sugar a food has or how much fat or sodium it has you’ll rethink that unhealthy option really quick!
I hope that these mindful techniques help you reduce your cravings for those unhealthy foods. Head over to my Busy Woman’s Guide To Wellness Group and let us know which method your trying or have tried.