How To Beat Cravings (Part 3 of 3)

Welcome to part 3 of my How To Beat Cravings series. 

If you haven't read part 1 yet, make sure you check that out first! You can do that here - https://becomeaplantbasedbabe.com/blogs/news/how-to-beat-cravings-part-1-of-3

And part 2 here - https://becomeaplantbasedbabe.com/blogs/news/how-to-beat-cravings-part-2-of-3

There are 3 kick arse tips in each blog, and I know that even if you take away 1 or 2 of those tips and put them into practice, you will notice a big change. 

But now, it's on to the final 3 tips. 

7. Always Have Healthy Snacks On Hand 

Hunger can strike at any time! 

Usually you will get into a routine with your food intake, but there are days where things will unexpectedly pop up, or hunger might strike without warning. 

I always recommend carrying a healthy snack on you, cause when you are hungry you are more likely to make poor food choices and also over eat. 

A piece of fruit, 10 - 12 nuts, some trail mix, some dried fruit all make healthy handy snacks that you can keep in your handbag or in your car, ready for if the unexpected pops up. 

As the saying goes... proper prior preparation prevents piss poor performance. 

Yes it can be a bit of a pain in the bum to remember to have extra snacks on hand, but if you are serious about seeing changes you need to just suck it up and go the extra mile. 

If you keep doing what you have always done, you won't see any new changes. 

Having healthy snacks on hand makes sure that you stay on track, see results, keep promises to yourself (with helps with self esteem and motivation) and stops you from getting hangry! 

8. Work On Your Relationship With Food 

We all have differing relationships with food. 

If you are having uncontrollable cravings that you keep caving into, then ridding yourself with guilt and beating yourself up about it... that would suggest that your relationship with food has become dysfunctional. 

Food is meant to nourish us, fuel us and help us survive. 

Instead it has become emotional. 

We eat when we are happy, we eat when we are sad, we eat when we are bored. 

We eat to celebrate. 

We don't eat to punish ourselves.

We eat to feel something. 

I'm not a psychologist, so if you are having issues with your emotions around food, or having disordered eating, please start by getting professional help. 

You aren't alone, and you are worthy of help and living your best life. 

But at a basic level, if you are having issues around your relationship with food, dig in and see if you can uncover what is going on for yourself. 

For me, I used to bored eat... 

And my solution was to simply change up my circumstances so I wasn't sitting around bored of a weekend. 

I got out and about on the weekend. Went to the beach and went for hikes. 

This made all the difference to my mindset, and that habit was broken. 

I was lucky, cause my issues weren't that deep and some simple routine changes made all the difference. 

I do realise that it isn't that easy for everyone. Which is why if you feel like it's impossible to heal your relationship with food on your own, then please seek professional support. 

9. Change Your Gut Bugs 

This one is easier said than done, and it will take time and consistency. 

However, once you change your microbiome... you will either crave healthy, whole foods... 

Or, your cravings for junk food will be dramatically less. 

You see we have certain colonies of bugs in our gut to digest certain foods, and depending on what we eat these change. 

Some are more likely to cause you to retain fat, and crave sugary foods. 

Some respond better to a clean diet, and leave you feeling energetic and only feeling like whole foods. 

So how do you change your microbiome? 

It takes time, consistency and following the right nutrition plan for a start. 

There are certain foods that can help the process along, like foods that are high in polyphenols. 

There are also some supplements that can help the process too... like wormwood, Gut Right by ATP Science and a few others. 

But most of all it takes time, consistency and eating right. 

I know that's not sexy, and it's not easy. 

But if you are truly at your wits end with your cravings, it is worthwhile looking to improving your gut health. 

Pre and probiotics can also help, but you need to start to 'kill off' some of the bad guys before you try adding in anymore bugs if your gut wall is already overcrowded with bugs. 

Otherwise you are literally just peeing out your expensive probiotic! 

If you are serious about changing your microbiome to conquer your cravings, you can get a specialist meal plan HERE

Once you change your gut microbiome you will notice things become a lot easier. You maintain your weight easier, your cravings are less, when you do eat high sugar, fatty or high gluten foods your tummy might react (which makes it easier to say no next time - cause who needs that pain and discomfort), or you might get hay fever like symptoms or have a huge breakout. Like I did in this video after my Arnold Classic comp last year. 

So if you feel like you can't beat your cravings, and you're at your wits end... then definitely have a look at working on your microbiome. 

And, that's a wrap... 

The final three tips in this series. 

If you have enjoyed it let me know in the comments, and let me know if you have any extra tips for overcoming cravings! 

Amanda 

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