Cravings

-Toni Sicola, Executive Editor, Health and Wellness Professional

So unfortunately it’s been a busy week. Everyone in my office is gearing up for the craziest time of year. And for me, it’s been busy because I’ve crammed 5 days’ worth of work into 2.5, having been out sick for the other 2.5 days, in addition to hosting 3 presentations on 3 different campuses during the 2.5 days that I was here.

Not complaining, but here’s why I say it: I did not have time to get a good recipe together for this week’s blog. Hopefully I’ll be able to work up a real gem this weekend and will have a mid-week surprise posting next week, but for now, I’d love to keep going with this craving reduction idea that started at the end of last week’s post about nuts.

There are tons of ways to reduce cravings and shrink the appetite for mealtime. As we learned last week, snacking on a few nuts before a meal is a great way to start.

Another great idea, which works really well if you sit at a desk or are at home on your couch, is to simply GET UP. Stand instead of sitting. Even better, do a few squats, a few jumping jacks, and a few arm circles to get your blood flowing. Stretch out! Sometime we think we’re hungry when really we’re just bored. If you get your blood flowing, you might find that the craving subsides. And if it doesn’t, at least you did something active before grabbing a snack!

Drink a full glass of water: our brains often confuse thirst for hunger. Try water first, and again if you realize that you ARE actually hungry, at least you’ll be hydrated, and maybe a bit easier to satisfy!

Craving sweets? The best advice I’ve heard in a while (if only I could remember where I heard it): “If you’re not hungry enough to eat an apple, you’re probably not hungry.” Try fruit first!

But here’s an idea that you might not have associated with cravings, or food in general, at all:

aromatherapy

Have a look at this article and let me know what you think! I’d love to hear from you.

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