Train the Brain to Curb the Crave!
Brain v. Body. We all struggle with what our minds tell us we want and what our bodies really need. If our brains are the control center, then how do we reprogram it? How do we start to want and crave healthy foods and not all the bad stuff? Our bodies will crave what we decide to put into it – and putting nothing into our bodies is not the answer. How can we begin this reprogramming?
Don’t Avoid Carbs and Fat
We first have to learn what healthy fats and carbs are instead of avoiding these “F” and “C” words!
Healthy fats consist of coconut and olive oils, avocados, grass-fed butter, and certain nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachios). No more snacking on the wrong fats! Olives and sunflower and pumpkin seeds are great examples of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated (good) fats. Most packaged food (candy, popcorn, chips, etc…) and fried foods are going to be the trans – (bad) fats we do not need.
Some good carbs are: fruits, quinoa, sweet potatoes, etc…
Don’t Season… YET
Do you automatically add putting on salt, sauces, and other condiments on your food before you even taste it? When you eat healthy and get used to fresh, unprocessed foods, you do not need to use anything else other than no-calorie seasonings (pepper, garlic powder, etc…). Seasonings should ENHANCE flavors in your food, instead of masking them like some condiments do. Switch out mayo or extra cheese for avocado (healthy fat), use hummus instead of extra ranch, use balsamic and oil instead of butter. These simple changes will train your brain and body; and you won’t even miss ‘em. No more hidden cravings.
What Are You Really Craving?
The last thing we want to do is ignore the mental craving or the physical one. Hunger is a real feeling and you want to eat healthy when you feel that way. But the “Hungry” we sometimes mistake as such is really a craving for those bad fats or other unhealthy additives we used to put in ourselves. Thinking about fueling your body instead of satiating a craving, is how we train that brain. Preparing meals, snacks, and keeping them everywhere you are, is the way to train your body on the new plan. Put these two together, and you’re on the way to a life without craving the unhealthy.
Bottom line: You’ll crave what you put in your body.
Start putting in the right food, and that’s what your body will want. Beware of hidden sugars and “bad” fats; you will crave these and wonder why you aren’t losing weight or getting to the shape you want to be at. It’s ok to crave something sweet or salty, just make it the healthier sweet (fruit or healthy smoothie, piece of dark chocolate) and the healthier salty (single serving of pretzels, serving of nuts). It’s hard to believe now, but after you’ve trained the brain, you will no longer have to struggle with fast food, preservatives, and unhealthy fats, carbs, and calories. It’s training time – let’s get to it!