Ready to crave healthier foods without relying on willpower?

If you’re at your wits end trying to manage your food cravings and 3pm junk food crashes, then here are a few tips for you. 

These are simple yet highly effective strategies that are going to help you crave healthier food instead of the sugar loaded, junk filled kind.

Trying to reach for an apple when your body is craving chocolate can seem like an impossible task but there are some simple yet effective swaps to get you listening to your body and craving the good stuff.

The Sweet Stuff: Sugar!

Studies show that it plays a huge role in diseases such as diabetes. But why do our bodies crave sugar in the first place?

There are plenty of reasons behind sugar cravings, one of which is a lack of quality calories. When you are hungry, your energy levels plummet. The body then wants to replenish its energy levels fast. And if you aren’t eating a healthy balanced diet our body crashes even faster! Sugar offers a quick alternative, but sugar is linked to many illnesses and conditions, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, poor oral health and hormonal imbalances, to name a few.

Another reason sugar has become one of the most common addictions is due to habit. If your body gets used to eating a chocolate bar or at 3pm, guess what? Your body will be craving that chocolate bar at 3pm.

Here are some ways to replace the sugary stuff in your life:

  • If you have sugar in your tea or coffee start cutting down. You will get to the point when sugar in tea or coffee will taste disgusting! You just need to give your taste buds time to adjust.

  • Instead of baking with sugar, replace with mashed bananas or maple syrup.

  • Make some raw energy bars. These use the natural sweetness from the dried fruit, so no added sugar or sweetener needed and you’re getting all that good fibre, plus other vitamins and minerals.

  • Craving something sweet? Eat a handful of berries drizzled with a drop of maple syrup and crushed nuts.

  • Need a 3pm “wake me up”? Stand up, stretch, jog on the spot and drink a glass of water.


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If you’re ready to make the changes needed to stop the cravings, eat healthier, lose weight and feel happier and get your confidence back then working with me 1-2-1 could be right for you.

We do things at your pace and you will get all the support, guidance and advice you need. Book a FREE Take Control consultation call with me today so we can talk through what you want to achieve and whether my 1-2-1 programme is right for you.  


 A Little Less Salt

Over the course of human evolution, we have been drawn to salt mainly because it was necessary for survival. It provided our bodies with the minerals needed to remain healthy and fit. However, salt was hard to come by but times have changed and the modern human now has salt in abundance, causing an overconsumption.  Like sugar, too much salt in our diet can wreak havoc on our body which in turn has been linked to conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure.

There are many factors that cause our bodies to crave salt. Almost too many to mention. One of the most common? Dehydration. Lack of fluids can prompt our bodies to ask for salts. So, before you reach for that salty snack, it’s a good idea to have a glass of water and re-hydrate.  

Another cause for salty cravings is sweating. If you are the kind of person who has a natural affliction to sweat, or you do heavy work-out routines, then chances are you crave salty foods over sugary sweets. Our bodies lose fluid as well as body salt in the process of sweating, prompting the body to ask for even more salt.

Similarly, like sugar we can also develop a taste for salt.

Try:

  • Experimenting with different spices. Most people add salt because they want the flavour, so spices are a great alternative.

  • Not adding salt to your cooking, add Himalayan salt to your food afterwards if needed.

  • Reduce the amount of take-aways and processed foods you eat. They are full of salt, oils and unknown ingredients.

  • Re-hydrate well with lemon water after your workout routines.

 Chocolate

I think this is possibly the most common thing I hear ‘I could never give up chocolate!’

Coupled with the fact that it is sweet, it does provide our bodies with much needed minerals if we choose the good stuff. One of those minerals is magnesium. While magnesium is the among the most abundant minerals inside the human body, you would be surprised to know that most people simply do not get enough of it. It’s the type of mineral that depletes easily.

Try switching chocolate to raw cacao. What’s the difference? Well raw cacao is the cacao bean grinded in its pure raw nutritional form. Cocoa powder is usually heated and mixed with additives. Cacao contains no sugar or cholesterol plus it comes loaded with antioxidants.

Here are some ways to get your healthy chocolate fix each day:

-  Take a spoonful of raw cacao and mix with warmed nut milk for a hot chocolate

-  Mix a spoonful of cacao with your coconut yoghurt

-  Add a spoonful to your smoothie

-  Sprinkle on fruit or muesli

-  Mix a spoonful with chia seeds and nut milk to make a pudding

Did you find these tips helpful? Please let me know in the comments below.

If you’re ready to make the changes needed to stop the cravings, eat healthier, lose weight and feel happier and get your confidence back then working with me 1-2-1 could be right for you.

We do things at your pace and you will get all the support, guidance and advice you need.  Book a FREE Take Control consultation call with me today so we can talk through what you want to achieve and whether my 1-2-1 programme is right for you.  

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