How to outsmart your cravings

health nutrition Aug 10, 2021

I would like to focus on one of the most important things you can do when it comes to getting results. 
 
And this one thing will also help:

  • Your health
  • Your workout/sports performance
  • Up your energy levels
  • Reduce painful joints
  • The quality of your skin and hair
  • Your heart
  • Your brain
  • How you feel now and into the future.

 Big stuff, right?!
 
It has to do with what you EAT. 
 
Because there’s a direct line between your food intake and every one of the things on that list (plus a lot more).
 
This isn’t groundbreaking news. But …
 
There might be something specific standing in your way of putting it into action.
 
FACT: There’s a type of food specifically engineered to make you crave more of it. 
 
And this food product is also crammed with some of the worst things for your body that you can eat: added sugars, unhealthy fats, salt, and loads of extra (empty!!!) calories.
 
→ It’s “Ultra-Processed Food” – cookies, chips, donuts, candy bars, sweetened cereals, sweetened granola bars, fried chicken, white bread, mashed potato flakes, etc. – and many scientists agree it’s ADDICTING.
 
And even if it’s not ACTUALLY addicting, studies have found these “foods” stimulate the reward pathways in your brain the same way some drugs do.
 
So, not only is this “food” NOT GOOD for you, it makes you crave even MORE of it.
 
This is a huge area of research right now.
 
I put quotes around “food” because it actually bears very little resemblance to real food. It has basically been stripped of its nutrition (fiber and micronutrients).
 
I have a LOT of great info coming for you about these “foods” and shifting away from eating them.
 
BUT FIRST … it all starts with AWARENESS.
 
Start paying attention to what you’re craving (and what foods you are eating). Keep track! 
 
Write down what you’re craving, and also when. Documenting all of this will help you find patterns - and it’s also a great way to start taking back control.The other day I sent you an email about something called “ultra-processed foods” and how they’re standing in the way between you and your results.
 
Because the old saying is true: You can not out-exercise a bad diet.
 
Remember Step #1: BE AWARE of your cravings, so you can 1) notice patterns and 2) feel more in control of them.
 
So … what’s the next step?
 
Step #2: BE PREPARED. The Scouts were onto something with this one.
 
If you know that you start craving salty/sweet/crunchy food every time you crash on the couch at night after a long day, BE PREPARED.
 
If you know that every afternoon you start having visions of chocolate chip cookies dancing in your head, BE PREPARED.
 
If you always associate eating beer and wings with watching the fights or the game on the weekends, BE PREPARED.
 
What “being prepared” looks like will depend on you and your situation.
 
But it can include these two simple tactics:

  • Find a diversion. I quit snacking on junk food at night when I got tired. (yes, it happens to me too!)
    Instead of just watching TV, I did some home organization projects with the TV on. I also dabbled with a few hobbies – anything to focus my attention on something else!
  • Have a healthier option on-hand: frozen fruit, carrot/celery sticks, nonfat yogurt with fresh berries, homemade air fryer wings. Make sure it’s ready to go.

 
From my own experience (and that of my clients) it only takes a few days of making the switch for cravings to start going away. (REALLY.)
 
And also for you to start noticing changes in your energy, your sleep, and your results!
 
It’s all about being intentional about what you put into your body … and not letting the “automatic” habits take over and derail you from your goals! 
 
It’s a lot easier than you think. 
 
Here at Amy G Fitness, I focus on simple changes that bring big results. 

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