Manage Cravings at Home

If you are staying home and self isolating, you may find that your snacking habits have increased with direct proximity to refrigerator or pantry! We want to come out the other side healthy and able to wear more than stretchy pants, so we put this quick list of tips to try when the cravings hit.

  1. Drink Water. It seems like we say that all the time. It’s probably because the benefits are multifold. Often times what feels like hunger is actually thirst. Before you eat anything drink a large glass of water and wait a few minutes. If the craving fades you can conclude you were just thirsty.
  2. Eat more Protein. Choosing protein rich meals and snacks will help you feel full longer, reducing the desire to eat more. Studies have shown that increasing protein can reduce cravings and snacking desire by 50% or more.
  3. Distance Yourself. When you feel the craving coming on, change your environment. Take a walk, start cleaning the garage, work in the garden, take a shower. Cravings can result from boredom, engaging yourself in a new task can be enough of a distraction to forget the craving.
  4. Plan Meals and Avoid Getting Super Hungry. If your body is getting what it needs when it needs it, you will be less likely to reach for unhealthy snacks to satisfy cravings. Plan meals ahead of time, try to eat at regular times, and have healthy snacks available for in between.
  5. Get more sleep. This one surprised me but there is research to support it. Being tired can prompt reaching for sweets and the quick energy boost sugar delivers. In fact, studies show that sleep-deprived people are up to 55% more likely to become obese, compared to people who get enough sleep.

Making an effort to be mindful of our health, and taking time for self care, can really help how well we are able to cope during this time, and it can play a role in keeping immunity strong. We hope you will join us on Facebook and Instagram let us know how you are doing.