What’s Causing Your Cravings?

From Dr. Mark Hyman, Author of Eat Fat, Get Thin

Whenever you get a strong desire for a chocolate chip cookie or other junk food, ask yourself two questions: 1) What am I feeling? and 2) What do I need? What we need does not involve stuffing our faces, I can assure you of that. We have a chance today to stop and detox, not only from junk food, but also from junk thoughts. We must de-clutter our bodies and our minds. Breaking these addictions and rewiring your brain is easier than you might think. It doesn’t take weeks or months. Making the right choices to opt for real, whole, unprocessed foods is crucial to ditching the junk food habit, but so are your emotional triggers and emotional health.

Determine whether food sensitivities could be causing your cravings. We often crave the very foods that we have a hidden allergy to, including gluten, dairy, and sugar. Then, implement the four strategies below to help combat and end your cravings.

1. Eat real food. You need to eat fat and protein for each of your meals. Whole foods carbohydrates like veggies, legumes, nuts and seeds are perfectly healthy. Broccoli is broccoli. Processed, sugary junk foods are not real foods. They set the stage for sugar addiction and all its ugly consequences.

2. Steady blood sugar levels. Eat a nutritious breakfast with some protein like eggs, protein shakes, or nut butters. Studies repeatedly show that eating a healthy high-protein breakfast helps people maintain weight loss. Also, have smaller meals throughout the day. Eat every three to four hours and have some protein with each snack or meal (lean animal protein, nuts, seeds, beans). Avoid eating three hours before bedtime.

3. Ditch sugar. Go cold turkey. If you are addicted to narcotics or alcohol you can’t simply just cut down. You have to stop for your brain to reset. You must eliminate refined sugars, sodas, fruit juices, and artificial sweeteners from your diet. These are all drugs that fuel sugar addiction.

4. Reduce stress. Stress eating and junk food go together. When you’re feeling stressed, you’re more likely to reach for that bag of chocolate chip cookies or whatever your vice might be. Learn to address the root cause of your stress and address it with something like yoga, meditation, or deep breathing. My UltraCalm CD becomes a great way to melt away stress and anxiety and beat your junk food addiction.

Want more health tips? Read this guide from Dr. Holly Phillips or try out the sane summer cleanse.