Why do we crave cakes and crisps more than cauliflower and carrots? We asked nutrition experts what our unhealthy urges mean – and how to curb them…
We all get food cravings and certainly don’t want to give in to them all the time. Since they usually involve bad-for-you foods, it’s bad for your waistline and your overall health. Change your eating habits and you’ll improve your health rating and find that you naturally lose weight, too!
Craving a perk-me-up coffee?
“You may be tired or low in energy and in need of a pick-me-up,” says nutritionist Cassandra Barns. But you may also have developed a dependence on caffeine. “If you drink coffee every single day, eventually, you need to keep drinking it just to feel ‘normal’, and then need more and more to give you an energy boost,” she adds.
Curb the craving
“Think about why you could be low in energy – are you getting enough sleep? You may need to visit your doctor for a check-up; you may be low on nutrients such as iron, vitamin B12 or magnesium, which are all essential for energy. Long-term stress, or highly demanding events, such as moving house or changing jobs, can also cause fatigue, even if you seem to cope well with the upheaval at the time. For a gentler energy boost, switch your coffee to green tea. It contains some caffeine – but much less than coffee – and a substance called theanine, which can have a relaxing effect as well as help support concentration and focus.”