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5 Tips to Battle Pregnancy Cravings

5 Tips to Battle Pregnancy Cravings

When I got pregnant, I started getting intense cravings all the time— and it wasn't only for sweets. I had to find ways to keep this under control because I wanted to remain healthy for both my baby and for myself. There was no way I was letting myself gain 80 pounds! It’s a myth to think that you eat for two. Yes, your baby does need nutrients to be healthy.  But that isn't an excuse to eat 2 servings per meal.

4 Things That Helped Me Overcome My Sugar Addiction

4 Things That Helped Me Overcome My Sugar Addiction

It's normal to crave sugar from time to time - but what if that craving spirals out of control? When I was a little girl, I remember scaling the counters of my mother’s kitchen as if magnetically drawn to the tin of cookies that she kept out of sight. In a way, sugar does have a sense of power over us. Like a drug, it stimulates the release of dopamine in our brains, which causes us to feel pleasure.

Beat your cravings : it's simpler than you think

Beat your cravings : it's simpler than you think

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Beat your cravings with proper food

A craving is a thought or a feeling that you think you want to eat or drink something specific. You can eat a piece of cake without craving it, and you can crave a piece of cake without eating it. It’s all in perspective- one does not necessitate the other.

When you make a change in your diet, whether it’s becoming raw vegan or simply adopting a healthier lifestyle, you have to envision the outcome you are hoping for. Something that helped me when I started eating raw was to think about how I felt after I ate certain processed or cooked foods. For myself and the general population, these foods give us instant gratification when we eat them but the feeling that comes soon after can often leave us with stomach aches and lethargy. When your body is satisfied with the proper carbohydrates that it needs (lots of fruit!) you will not crave anything else- I’m telling you! It is proven that a craving typically lasts three minutes on average and it takes only 21 days to develop a new habit.

When you eat enough fruits, filled with simple sugars, your body will be fuelled and happy—fighting off any cravings of unhealthy processed or cooked foods.

Beat your cravings by changing your habits

Exercise is another wonderful way to beat your cravings—it gives you something positive to do for your mind and your body that will help you achieve your health and fitness goals. Even if you are just opting to take the stairs instead of the elevator every day, your body will thank you for it. Small changes can make a big difference in the long run! One of the best tips I can give you is to surround yourself with healthy options at all times—fill your home or your dorm room with an abundance of fresh raw fruits and veggies. You are what you surround yourself with! If there is nothing bad to choose from, your chances of ‘slipping up’ will decrease greatly! Most cravings are short-lived and you can let them pass. The more healthy foods that you eat, the more you body will crave healthy foods!

Did this post help you to beat your cravings? Learn more about the author, Ashley Hampton (PumpUp:@rawincollege). She is a college student looking to spread the power of the raw vegan lifestyle through her positive posts and vibrant photos. Check out her blog.

4 ways to have a healthy relationship with food

What crosses your mind when you hear the word diet? When I think of diets, I think of restriction followed by hunger and excessive exercise. For the most part, when people hear the word diet they get a little intimidated and far from excited.

Most of the diets advocated for in today’s society are usually focused on fear in one way or another – fear of fat, fear of calories, fear of carbs, etc. *Avoid high GI foods, sugar, anything processed, wrong macro ratios, no carbs after 7*…the list goes on and on! Does any of this sound familiar to you?

To add to the craziness of the diet world, exercise is added to the mix. You are either training, lifting, running, or doing too much or too little of what is recommended for the “perfect” solution to your dream body. So if the exercise isn’t working, you have to revert back to your diet and restrict that even more? No! I know that’s what you may think now, but I am here to tell you differently. Living in this world and abiding by its insane diet and exercise rules will leave you feeling more tired and unmotivated than ever because of malnourishment and extreme fitness recommendations.

I know everyone begins a new diet or fitness regimen with the best of intentions. Even if you are starting off with a well balanced approach of eating and exercising, people often begin to restrict in hopes of faster results which leads to trouble and disappointment in the long run.

Okay, now… let us take a step back and consider everything we’ve just discussed. Let’s ditch the diet fads, lose the fear of every food out there, and establish some healthy ways to nourish our bodies and achieve our fitness aspirations.

To start off, you have to accept that losing 10 pounds of fat or gaining 10 pounds of muscle should not happen in one week. Embrace the idea that you are about to begin a lifelong journey of optimal health for your mind and your body.

Next, find what works for you. Create personal guidelines, not rules that seem reasonable for yourself and your lifestyle. Establish a basic idea of what food and what exercise will make you feel and look your best most of the time, instead of beating yourself up for “cheating” on a strict, unrealistic diet.

Guideline #1: Eat a wide variety of natural and unprocessed foods as often as you can. It is the simplest way to ensure that you are getting lots of vital nutrients into your system. If it grew on a tree or in the ground, chances are high that it’s great for you! If it’s organic and non GMO, even better! It’s okay if you can’t find that or if it’s simply too expensive, remember—these areguidelines, not rules.

#2: Eat according to your energy expenditure and your body! One size does not fit all regarding food and exercise. You have to figure out what works for your body along the way with tweaking and experimenting to find the perfect balance.

#3: Really listen to what your body is telling you, not just what you want to hear! I promise all of your cravings have an underlying meaning. For example, one of the most common cravings people think they are having is for chocolate— this is your body telling you that you are deficient in magnesium. Magnesium can be found in fresh fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds and these health foods will absolutely satisfy those cravings! Check out more about cravings in this article.

#4: For the majority of the time, you should eat to nourish your body and to fuel your athletic performance. I understand that cutting out all processed and cooked foods is not for everyone, and that’s okay! You can eat for pleasure every now and then! :)

We are all individuals and our bodies are different— for most of us, these four guidelines will not only bring you closer to the body and performance you want, but they will also leave you with a much healthier and happier relationship with food!! Happy eating!