It really doesn’t matter what you crave. The important thing is to understand why you crave what you crave. Most people believe cravings are a problem, but I have a different perspective. Once we realize that the body is a reliable bio-computer it’s much easier to conclude that cravings are critical pieces of information that help you understand what your body needs. Every person experiences cravings differently. Cravings are often for junk foods and processed foods high in sugar, salt, and fat.
Food cravings are caused by the regions of the brain that are responsible for memory, pleasure, and reward. Other causes can be due to an imbalance of hormones, such as leptin and serotonin. Emotions may also be involved in producing a food craving, especially if a person eats for comfort. There is also a connection between cravings and nutrients. This is when the body craves certain foods because it lacks certain nutrients.
How to reduce food cravings:
Drink up-The body can misinterpret signals from the brain, and what feels like a food craving may be a sign of thirst. Start drinking water as soon as a food craving hits.
Change of Scenery-The next time a craving hits, it may help by changing your scenery by going for quick walk or just get out in nature.
Visualize-Is it worth it in the long run? Visualize the long term consequences of indulging to help you curb cravings. It may also help to try mindful stress-relieving practices, such as breathing exercises and guided meditations.