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Monday
Apr082019

The science behind cravings and keeping them in check

At some point or another, we’ve all experienced cravings and have likely wondered where they came from. Taking a closer look, cravings are a strong desire for a specific food, taste or texture. When we experience feelings of natural hunger, it’s a physical sign from our body telling us that it needs more fuel in order to have energy so it can function properly. 

When comparing the two, hunger is a signal that your metabolism is revved up and looking to break down nutrient-dense food for energy, whereas cravings can stem from many different underlying causes and stem from some sort of physiological imbalance going on inside, including nutrient deficiencies, stress hormones, or poor lifestyle habits.

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Friday
Apr272018

Craving sweets at night? Here's What To Eat.

One of the most frequent questions my clients ask me is what they should eat at night when they’re craving something sweet. There’s just something about that time of day. For me, it’s when I finally slow down and relax. My family’s typical day is go-go-go from the moment we wake up in the morning, getting lunches packed and the entire family ready and dropped off in time for school and work. By the time we eat dinner and get in a little more play, we have a small chunk of time left to relax. I know for many, this is that time of day when the sweet tooth can really kick in. 

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Sunday
Jun122016

What To Eat When You're Craving Carbs

You know the feeling.  That intense craving for carbohydrates when all you are trying to do is eat clean and healthy. What do you do when this craving hits?  Do you avoid it completely?  Do you cave in?  Or, do you try your best to find a healthier substitute that satisfies the craving without derailing your nutrition plan. If you’re not quite the latter, you might just be short of ideas for foods that can help meet your need of a carbohydrate fix.  Below provides some insight on why this type of cravings is so common along with some of my go-to foods when those cravings strike.

 

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Sunday
Feb282016

Top 7 Cravings - and Healthy Foods That Satisfy Them

We can start our day with the best intentions, but somewhere along the way cravings call our name. Before we know it, we’re 3 cups of coffee in, and half the bag of chocolates is gone…. 

The good news—there IS hope, and it starts with learning a bit more about why you might be having specific cravings. 

In addition to identifying your triggers for cravings, finding better foods to satisfy them will help retrain your brain (and your tastebuds!) over time. As a result, you’ll more easily stick with your plan and be able to dodge temptation altogether. 

Read on to learn the top cravings my clients share and the healthier foods they use to satisfy them.

 

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Sunday
Jul192015

What to Eat When…

In the course of our established routines, we may do well in sticking with our Healthy Way of Eating intentions. 

Until an unexpected situation throws us for a loop....

What you do during these scenarios over time will determine your success because it's critical to have a mindset - perhaps even more than a plan - that seeks out the healthiest options possible within every situation. 

Check out these eight scenarios for tips on how to maintain your goals during typical "problem" times.

 

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Sunday
Jun142015

How to Use Exercise to Curb Cravings

Do your food cravings get the best of you? 

Cravings stem from a host of physiological and psychological factors, and they can easily derail the best laid weight loss plans.

While willpower won't get most of us as far as we assume it should, exercise has been shown time and again to be an effective tool for battling food cravings.

 Read on to discover the most common craving scenarios and tips for using exercise to stop them in their tracks.

 

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Thursday
Jan082015

The Crave Game

Do your food cravings get the best of you? 

Do you believe you just need more willpower to control them?

For most of us, at some point food cravings creep up on us. For some of us, however, cravings become a constant barrier to our health and weight loss goals, often causing us to feel out of control with our eating. We should be capable of gathering enough willpower to ignore them, we tell ourselves, but more often than not, we come up short. 

Consider a different understanding of your battle for a moment. What if cravings had little to do with willpower and more to do with physiology? 

 

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