Got Cravings? 5 Important Questions To Ask Yourself

Do you feel like cravings are inhibiting your progress? In this article, I’ll be sharing five key questions to ask yourself in order to start managing them.

But first, here’s me enjoying a cookie at Panera taken by my friend Rachael.

Ok, back to the list.

1. Am I eating enough total calories?

Under-eating can totally increase cravings especially for high fat/sugar and calorie-dense foods.

2. Am I eating balanced, satisfying meals throughout the day?

Many people eat small meals or just graze throughout the day and end up experiencing cravings. Aim to eat larger meals with a balance of protein, fat, carbs and fiber with an emphasis on feeling satisfied after each meal.

3. Am I putting any foods off-limits?

Don’t think of the pink elephant. …what did you just think of? Same things goes with food. If you place something off-limits, you will almost always want it more.

4. Am I getting enough sleep?

Getting less than 7-9 hours of sleep per night can increase cravings for high fat/sugar and calorie-dense foods for energy.

5. Are there underlying emotional issues I need to address?

Are you bored? Sad? Emotions can tend to trigger cravings for foods to help us numb those emotions or comfort us. Taking some time to journal or talk to a friend could be helpful.

With that said,

  • The more you stress and guilt yourself about cravings, the harder it will be to manage them.
  • Occasional cravings are totally normal and you can most definitely make massive amounts of progress while honoring your cravings within reason.
  • Get plenty of sleep and aim to eat larger, balanced meals that satisfy you with fewer snacks with no foods off-limits.
  • It will take practice and patience, but working with your body rather than against it will make this easier for you in the long run.