This isn’t just the Holiday Season, or the Season for Giving, it’s also the Season of Endless Sweets; kicking off at Halloween, tapering off till Thanksgiving, then coming in with a vengeance and staying till the New Year. Your willpower is most challenged during this time of year, and it’s easy to fall into the trap. Habitual cravings contribute to depressive moods, heightened anxiety and stress, not to mention undesired weight gain.
Cravings don’t appear out of nowhere; ask yourself, are you really hungry, or are you bored, or thirsty? If more than a few hours have passed since your last meal, you should probably eat, but if you just ate an hour or two ago, stop and ask yourself what it is you’re really feeling right now. Drink some water and wait 20 minutes to see if the craving goes away. Once you understand the why you’ll understand how to make it stop, or at least become less common. If your craving is tied to your emotion, choose a different avenue; go for a walk, meditate, or do something that helps you calm down.
This may be a good time to start jotting down your cravings to find the pattern; do you tend to crave foods late at night, or around 3pm? What are you normally doing at the hours you have cravings? This will help you unlock the cravings and understand what they are and how you can control them. Also, what are you craving? Could your body be trying to tell you something? Perhaps you have a nutritional deficiency you were previously unaware of. Keeping a journal of sorts, will help you identify what the underlying cause may be, and help you map out the steps on how to break your own cycle.
The more you learn about your cravings, the more you can be an advocate for yourself and for your body. It’s important to note whether what you want is an emotional safe or a physical safe, and why. It’s easy to get caught up in cravings, and find yourself having put on a few pounds in a short period of time. If you are ready to make a change, sSee one of our trainers to discuss your cravings; what you crave, how often, and at what times. This information is important to help you become your own ally and be more in tune with the overall health of your body.