6 Things Your Cravings are Telling You

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Do you have irresistible cravings from time to time? Do you find once you indulge your cravings it’s hard to go back, meaning you start craving those types of foods or sweets, or even drinks day after day, week after week?

Most of us have cycles or patterns of cravings that are seemingly irresistible, and ultimately those cravings are costing us.  Maybe they cost us health wise by causing us to gain unwanted weight? Or maybe they cost us mentally causing us to handle stresses that arise less gracefully, leaving us feeling irritable and frazzled?

Personally my cravings have never really been for sweet foods and people tell me I’m lucky, but honestly cravings cost me just the same.  For example, I crave carbs more than most, and alcohol when I’m off. My college roommates could most certainly vouch for me. When I overindulge in either it affects me on so many levels.  If I eat too many carbs, I tend to go to hell in a handbasket and swill one too many glasses of wine, and vice versa, too many glasses of wine leads me to eating things I might not normally eat, and that in turn leads to unwanted pounds and a general feeling of dissatisfaction.  I’ll feel bloated and overly tired, and yet won’t be able sleep as well.

Whether we crave sweets, carbs, alcohol or soda, our cravings are our bodies’ way of trying to tell us something.

Here are 6 things your body might be saying to you when you have irresistible cravings:

  1. You need sweetness elsewhere in your life: We all need moments of sweetness throughout our days/ life. Make sure you are getting plenty of hugs, taking a sunset stroll, reading a good book by the fire, or taking a hot bath with your favorite essential oils and some Epsom salts.
  2. You are eating too many processed foods: Often processed foods can be low in fat, but high in sugar. Refined sugars cause our blood sugar levels to rise and then crash, leaving us craving more refined sugars to boost energy again. For these reason it is best to use natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup (the body doesn’t respond the same to these). You can also try eating more fruits and vegetables instead.  Having them cut up ahead of time helps with the convenience factor too.
  3. You’re thirsty for more water: Often times cravings are a sign of dehydration. When we drink things other than water they can be full of refined sugars which again cause that same spike and then crash in blood sugar leaving us searching for the next boost. Be careful, even natural fruit juices can cause these same spikes. Water is best.
  4. You’re drinking too much caffeine: Caffeine dehydrates us which in turn causes blood sugar levels to drop and cravings to ensue.
  5. You need more exercise: Ideally we need 45 minutes of exercise a day. Start with 10 minutes and work your way up if you aren’t currently there.  Exercise works to balance out the blood sugar levels which is great, but it also helps reduce stress, making the need to medicate ourselves decrease.
  6. You need better or more sleep: When you are fatigued or generally lacking energy and stressed, your body will crave the energy you are lacking elsewhere, often in the form of refined foods and sugars. When we drink caffeine on top of this, we exemplify our cravings even more.

So the next time you have an irresistible craving, stop, listen to your body, and hear the message it is really sending you. I’d encourage you to think twice before you indulge and then take measures that will leave you with the long lasting satisfaction and pleasure you truly desire and deserve.

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Are You Missing a Critical Message?

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How is your body feeling?  What state is your mind in?  Are you constantly in overdrive trying to meet the demands of everyday life?

Often times our body is sending us messages, and with the pace of today’s life most of us are too busy to listen.  Ultimately, repeatedly ignoring these messages can result in a weakened immune system, eventually culminating in an illness sometimes a nasty one.

Just the thought of being ill brings many of us feelings of incredible anxiety, nervousness and tension.  We feel too busy to deal, and begin worrying that everything will fall apart at home and/or in the work place.

We may seek out medication at the first signs of illness because we feel we don’t have time to be laid up. Or maybe we seek out medications to ease our minds from the constant feelings of having to go go go.  We pump ourselves full of caffeine to keep going even when our minds and bodies desire otherwise.  We seek out sleep medications or anxiety medications or alcohol to unwind and turn off the mind when it comes time to sleep.  And we repeat the cycle day in and day out.

We medicate ourselves for the chronic pain, because it saves us time.  We can’t afford not to persevere through the pain because there are things to do and we are the ones that have to do it.

Can you relate?  Most of America can is my guess.

As I expand my coaching practice I see over and over the same pattern.  Our bodies and minds are sending us messages, and we ignore them persevering past them because we have things to accomplish.  My question then becomes this, if we keep ignoring the messages our bodies are sending us, might that ultimately cost us everything in the end?  Also, might that be one of the largest contributors to the health and obesity crisis we have at hand?

Ultimately I’m here because I’d like to encourage you to slow down and listen to your body.  Send some time figuring out what it is telling you.  For example, if you put on excess weight, ask yourself why?  Are you stressed and eating poorly?  Are you eating healthy but not making time for exercise? Are you drinking too much because you need to disconnect from the hustle and bustle?

If you aren’t sleeping, might it be because you are drinking too much caffeine? Or perhaps it is because you are exercising too late in the evening, or because you spend too much time on a screen before bed?  Maybe it’s because you are in this vicious cycle of caffeine and alcohol, both which contribute to poor sleep?  Maybe it’s because you are in pain due to the inflammatory foods you are eating?

Listening to our bodies and recognizing the messages they are sending us is the first step to a more balanced and peaceful existence.  The second step is taking action.  If you struggle figuring out what changes you need to make, or sticking with them, finding a health coach or even an accountability partner can be very beneficial. The most important piece however is to stop and listen, and then figure out a way to respect the messages your body is sending.  For without the body you aren’t going to accomplish anything to be frank.

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TUESDAY TIP-OFF! GINGER ESSENTIAL OIL

TUESDAY TIP-OFF! GINGER ESSENTIAL OIL

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