Food cravings have a funny way of thwarting our health goals, but it doesn’t mean it can rule our entire lives.
It is totally possible to stop late night food cravings and see your food in a whole new way.
Studies have shown that when we eat certain foods that activate our brain’s pleasure centers, our brains take a “snapshot” of that experience, and will continue to associate that food with that euphoric feeling of pleasure – hence why we get cravings, especially when we are not hungry.
Even though it sounds tough, there are ways to break that association to give into cravings and instead ensure your body is fully nourished with little chance of giving into temptation.
- Eat protein, healthy fats and high quality carbs – Nutrients are the bedrock of health. Without them, your body will do all it can to make sure it can be fully nourished. That means if you are nutrient deficient, you body will send you signals that it wants protein/minerals/vitamins; your brain pleasure center confuses that for wanting junk food. So make sure you get those high-quality, nutrient dense foods into your diet. If you want to know how to ensure you are eating a diet that significantly reduces your chance of cravings, you can go ahead and download my free meal plan guide here.
- Plan out your dessert- if you KNOW you are going to indulge, make it a bit easier for yourself and plan out your dessert. If you have a sweet tooth, plan to eat fruit. If you crave savory, make yourself a carrot and cucumber salad with EVOO and red wine vinegar.
- Keep Your fingers (and mind!) occupied – knit, color, sing a song…do something to stimulate your brain and keep your fingers occupied.
- Brush your teeth- after you finish eating, brush your teeth. The minty flavors that remain in your mouth after cleaning your teeth will make it harder to want to eat something. Trying to eat a potato chip with a minty mouth is not entirely appetizing!
- Drink Water- hunger and dehydration can feel very similar, especially when your body starts giving you signals. If you feel hungry and you have previously eaten, try drinking water first. If after 15 minutes you are still hungry, then eat something.
- Assess how you feel after indulging – this is a thought experiment, but I always see much good in really taking the time to understand how my body feels after giving into a craving.
What do you think of my tips? Do you agree? Did I miss any? Comment and share below!