No words for the deliciousness of this chocolate protein chia pudding!
If you often crave sweet breakfasts, this is your jam!
Cravings happen to all, are a common response to what we’re going through & can cause the desire to munch on foods we know aren’t the best & we wouldn’t normally eat!
Studies show that cravings happen for different reasons, i.e. emotional attachment, memories, weather, stress, heartbreak, binge & restrict cycles etc.
It’s no secret that ignoring the voice in our head calling for sweets isn’t easy! & it’s also not the best or most strategic thing to do long-term!
Trust me when I say that repressing cravings catches up to you… I’ve been there. Sometimes, it’s worth it to just satisfy it but when you fall into a cycle where cravings aren’t so sporadic anymore, it’s also important to get back in tune with your body & understand why they’re so frequent.
In the moment, although it may seem like the fix will satisfy your needs, giving in can also lead to further cravings, overindulging & sugar addiction.
Here are some of my tips for dealing with cravings:
- DECONSTRUCT IT: are you craving sugar or are you actually thirsty or hungry? Is it just a momentary desire & are you using food to fill a void? Instead of giving in right away, take a step back & try to comprehend what your body is really telling you & what’ll actually fulfill it. Remember: Emotions lead to cravings for food your body doesn’t actually want or need! Take control of the emotion, feel it & overcome it; don’t use food to numb it.
- BE MINDFUL: sometimes, simply seeing sweets can make your brain think it wants them but in reality, before seeing it, you had no desire at all! Reassess what your mind & body are telling you & try to control your impulses.
- GO FOR NATURALLY SWEET FOODS: if you know you have a sweet tooth, keep dried fruit, dark chocolate or homemade treats on hand; it makes it easier to make the better choice for a healthier sweet snack with real ingredients that keep blood sugar in check.
- YOLO: if the craving is continuous & you keep resisting, allow yourself to enjoy it moderately; when you ignore it nonstop, it can lead to binging!
Hope this helps!