If you’ve ever felt guilty for overeating, if you crave sweet and fatty foods, or if you find yourself browsing the kitchen more frequently than Pinterest… this post is for YOU!
1. Just Add Nutrients
- Ever feel full but wanting food? This can be your body craving nutrients. Think of it this way; we eat not just for calories and macronutrients (fat, protein and carbohydrates) but for the vitamins and minerals (micronutrients) that keep our cells, tissues and organs functioning optimally. If the food we are consuming is lacking these key factors, we may crave food as our body is intuitively searching for this intake of nutrients.
2. Choose Soul Food
- Ask yourself; what are you hungry for? Hunger may come from boredom, stress, cravings for fulfillment or love. Food is strongly linked to our emotional states and vice versa, so understand the difference between cravings for whole food vs soul food.
Prescription for wellness: healthy bites of soul food comes from journaling, meditating, practising yoga and long walks on the beach.
3. Take A Power Nap
- You may just be tired! When we are lacking sleep, our bodies are lacking energy, and they often respond by signaling cravings for energy rich foods. This used to benefit our ancestors who would seek out supplies of naturally sweet foods such as fruit and berries for a quick boost of energy. Now-a-days, sweetness is concentrated and readily available causing us to crave foods such as pizzas, donuts and candies which have the opposite effect: less energy, more food cravings!
Prescription for wellness; Get your full nights sleep of roughly 7-8 hours, take 20minute power naps when needed and eat foods that are rich in energizing nutrients such as whole fruits and vegetables.
4. Brush your teeth
This past Saturday’s Halloween wedding was the perfect union of sophistication, fake blood and vampire fangs as the ultimate portion control… I highly recommend it 😉
But for those of us not sporting fangs at the dinner table, there is another, less painful (when you take a wrong bite) strategy to curb your appetite… brush your teeth! This works especially well when using peppermint toothpaste (the all natural, essential oil kind of course!).
5. Oil Pulling
- An Ayurvedic detoxifier and distractor from the kitchen: simply take a tablespoon of coconut oil, or safflower oil and gently swish it in your mouth for 20 minutes. Be sure not to swallow it and rinse your mouth thoroughly when done as it draws bacteria out into the oil. It will leave your teeth so clean you won’t want to eat a thing.. unless you’re truly hungry!
6. Drink Tea
- Sometimes food cravings are not cravings for food at all but for hydration. When our bodies are in a state of dehydration, they may crave food as a way to obtain water. Think: https://lifeofeden.com/2014/08/27/holistic-life-hack-7-in-season-foods-to-eat-yourself-hydrated/
- Herbal teas (especially peppermint which eases digestion) can help curb appetite. They keep you occupied, provide warmth and comfort, promote feelings of fullness and hydrate, all helping to keep hunger at bay. Bonus: drink tea while you cook to avoid over snacking before your meal.
To our soul-food Sundays,