What are food cravings?
A food craving is a strong desire for specific foods such as sugar or junk food that often fill a temporary gap. This gap could often be filled by something else such as a drink or another type of food that the body might need rather than the craving you’re experiencing.
Even us heavenly lot at Equalibas suffer from the odd craving for something naughty now and then. However, food cravings can be a serious problem. They can stop you from enjoying a balanced diet and, more importantly, a healthy lifestyle which could prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes.
Sometimes people might not even realise that what they’re experiencing is a ‘food craving’ as these cravings can become a normal part of many people’s diets.
How can I stop food cravings?
Equalibras has put together a few top tips. They should help you to put a halt to the cravings and reach for what is good for your body, mind and soul and to help you eat well during the Easter holidays.
Water, it’s your friend!
If you feel a sudden urge for a specific food, try drinking a large glass of water and wait a few minutes.
You may find that the craving fades away because your body was just thirsty.
This is a great way to keep the calories down this Easter and you can still enjoy a cheeky piece of choccie but not in excessive amounts.
You can add some extra taste and goodness to your water too - such as a slice of lemon.
Go on, add some zest to your life and enjoy its fruity benefits!
Don’t buy the baddies!
It sounds simple but one good way of not giving in to a food craving is simply by not having naughty things in the house.
If your cupboard is full of chocolate and crisps, it’s going to be hard to resist - and snacking leads to extra weight which in turn can lead to prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes.
Say no to hunger
Hunger is one of the biggest reasons why we experience food cravings so it’s best to avoid getting overly hungry.
It’s quite simple to do.
Just eat regular meals and make sure you have healthy snacks at hand!
At Equalibras, we’ve found that when it comes to eating a healthy and balanced diet, people can sometimes be put off by the word ‘healthy. Maybe they think that by eating a balanced diet you’ll lose all the flavour. Wrong! That’s just not true.
You can cook up some delicious healthy meals by simply adding some extra (healthy) ingredients. For example, we all love strawberries and they’re healthy!
You can check out the Equalibras Meal Planner here for recipes which prove that healthy and tasty can live together quite happily on the same plate!
Live a more mindful life
Mindfulness is the practice of living in the moment and paying more attention to your body and its needs by taking a more ‘mindful approach’ to the way in which you live.
Eating mindfully is now becoming a ‘thing’ in its own right.
By slowing down and paying more attention to your body and what your body needs, you’ll become much more aware of why you’re reaching for food. Is it because you’re hungry or are you filling a psychological gap with food this Easter?
Eating mindfully involves being ‘present’ while you eat, slowing down and chewing your food more. Again this practice will mean you’ll eat less food which means you won’t put on weight which means you’ll hopefully limit the chances of getting Type 2 diabetes.
You getting it yet?
Studies show that sleep-deprived people are up to 55 per cent more likely to become obese, compared to people who get enough sleep.
Sleep deprivation may disrupt normal fluctuations in appetite hormones, leading to cravings and poor appetite control.
As most of us have a nice break over Easter, getting plenty of sleep shouldn’t be a problem to ensure you have a healthy and happy Easter.
I do hope us lot at Equalibras haven’t been to bossy. We just want to make sure you all have a healthy Easter by eating a well-balanced (and tasty) diet to ensure that your risks of getting prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes is reduced and reduced. Just like your food portions!
Enjoy and, remember, being healthy doesn’t mean being sad, in fact, it’s quite the opposite.
Okay, that’s enough of us, go have some fun and try out our new wacky Equalibras Easter game.
Are you quick to catch the bunny and win an Easter hamper? Play Catch The Bunny!Equalibras