Ah, cravings. We all get them. And sometimes cravings can be a really good thing, like when after a few weeks we crave a steak or red meat because our body wants those b vitamins and iron. But cravings can often get out of control, and sometimes it’s not even really not our fault. A lot of us immediately start to blame ourselves and say that we have no will power or self-restraint if we can’t resist a craving, but I think it’s much more important to figure out why we would be craving foods that we know aren’t good for us in the first place. So here are some of the top reasons why cravings are occurring.
Today’s topic is a pretty exciting one because it was actually a reader request! The request was for a post about my thoughts on protein powders, and I’m hopeful this will resonate with quite a few readers!
Like most things in the wellness world, the discussion around protein powders is not black and white. I think there are a few factors at play here, with the most important one being the quality of the protein powder.
I gave up coffee in September of 2016. It was a slow transition and one that I was extremely skeptical of. I knew I was suffering with some adrenal fatigue and blood sugar issues though and coffee doesn’t help those situations. You see, when you use coffee to pick you up, your body has to pour out cortisol in response to the caffeine, which in turn stimulates a blood sugar increase. Too much cortisol leaves to a whole host of problems including fatigue, weight gain, hormonal issues, anxiety, etc. I’m not saying that everyone needs to go give up coffee right now, but if you are dealing with any of the above issues you might want to experiment for a couple of weeks and then try that beloved cup of coffee and see how you feel.
Although I finished the Whole30 a few weeks ago, most of my meals look the same with the addition of some white rice, occasional raw dairy and some dark chocolate now and again. Although as a disclaimer, when I go on vacation I am much more liberal with my diet (and I think that’s fine for most people!) Halfway through March, I went skiing in Utah with my Dad and Erik and while we always enjoyed a healthy breakfast, I definitely indulged in some delicious meals at restaurants and also purposefully “glutened” myself for some of the best cookies I ever had. Anyway, my point is that while doing a challenge is great and there are many benefits I experienced, and am happy to continue experiencing, it’s also nice to be able to bring some balance into my life with some wine and desserts when I want them.
When I used to pick up a packaged food item (and by packaged I mean anything that comes with a label and an ingredient list), I used to immediately look at the “nutrition facts” section. I would go straight to the serving size and the calories per serving. Calorie count was the main indication to me if a food was “healthy” or “unhealthy”.