Monday, August 3, 2015

How to Understand Your Cravings & Stop Them Fast

Last week, I shared a really simple explanation of why sugar is bad for you. I also shared (in my newsletter, which you should totally subscribe to) how to use a food diary to track your sugar consumption. Hope those resources illuminated how much sugar you're eating and how it affects your body.

Of course, there's knowledge of how and why something is bad for you and then there's figuring out what to do about it.

Do you stick to "natural sugars" like evaporated cane juice, honey, or agave? Do you stop eating sugar completely? Is it even possible to really quit sugar without becoming a hermit?

Those are the kinds of decisions I coach my clients through. I love helping a woman slow down the self-judgement train (the one most of us have been riding on since our preteens) enough to bravely jump off, catch her breath, and look at her food and lifestyle choices from the perspective of her heart.

Here are my four go-to questions for deconstructing cravings:

  • What am I really hungry for?
  • Will this give me the nourishment I crave?
  • Is this worth the crash I will feel later?
  • Is there a better choice?

Continue keeping your food diary this week. Only this time around ask these questions and invite your heart to guide you in making food choices. Notice if you choose different foods. Stay open to learning about yourself and your desires.

If you haven't yet kept a food diary, keep one for four days then move on to this activity.

Come to my next Beat Sugar Cravings webinar. I'll be sharing more actionable tips that you can incorporate into your life to become the hot, confident, and joyful woman you were born to be. 

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Olivia Lane Lovejoy is a Blogger, Green Living Educator, and Health Coach trained at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition

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