Conquering cravings

It’s a hectic day, and deadlines are looming. A long commute just got even longer … and on top of that, it looks like you’re not going to make it to the gym.

And on top of it all … right on cue … Here come the cravings.

How can we conquer them? Here are a few tips:

Mindful Snacking: Instead of mindlessly reaching for a quick fix, take a moment to tune in. Ask yourself if you’re truly hungry or if it’s a craving. If it’s the latter, consider a small, satisfying snack to curb the urge without derailing your health goals.

Smart Swaps: Busy schedules can lead to convenient – but not always healthy – choices. Look for smarter alternatives. Swap that sugary energy bar for a handful of nuts or a piece of fruit. Small changes can make a big difference.

Protein For Breakfast: Starting your day with a substantial serving of protein stokes your metabolic fire and leads to better food choices (and self control) throughout the day. Breakfast protein could consist of a protein shake, plain greek yogurt with fruit and nuts, or leftover chicken, beef or pork loin combined with an egg and/or plant-based protein sources like chickpeas or black beans.

Hydration Habit: Thirst can masquerade as hunger. Keep a water bottle handy and sip throughout the day. Staying well-hydrated not only supports overall health but can also help manage cravings.

Prep Ahead: A bit of planning goes a long way. Prepare healthy snacks in advance, like cut veggies, hummus, or a small serving of Greek yogurt. Having nutritious options at your fingertips makes it easier to resist the temptation of less wholesome choices.

Remember, adopting a healthier lifestyle is a step-by-step process. These simple strategies can make it more manageable, even on the busiest days.