A food craving is more than a preference for particular foods, or an impulse to buy certain snacks. A food craving is an insistent desire for a type of food (eg. candy, pizza) which we often go to some lengths to satisfy. Cravings can be detrimental for our dietary goals! Fortunately, with a little forethought and planning, it is not too difﬁcult to curb our craving desires.
What causes food cravings?
Cravings are usually more psychological than physical. The most common emotional or psychological triggers for food cravings are stress, depression, boredom or a general need for comfort. Changes in hormone levels (such as during PMS), or low or imbalanced blood sugar levels can also cause cravings.
How can I avoid cravings?
- Eat small, frequent meals. When you get hungry between meals, enjoy a healthy snack.
- Reduce your intake of sugar and salt since overconsumption of these foods can aggravate cravings.
- Drink water instead of searching for a snack. Oftentimes, we confuse thirst with hunger.
- Food cravings are satisﬁed best by the actual substance that is craved. Forget eating carrot sticks to satify your craving for ice cream. Instead have a reasonable portion of ice cream. In moderation, favorite high-calorie foods can help you stay within a well-balanced diet and achieve a healthy weight.”