Skip to main content

6 GREAT WAYS TO FIGHT YOUR FOOD CRAVINGS!

Hey!
I hope you are well today and enjoying the warmer weather that has come our way.🌞
photo www.saltsense.co.uk


As a women well over 50 and firmly in my mid 50s I have gone from have very little problems with maintaining my weight to a woman who feels like they are fire fighting every day to stop my backside and mid riff expanding. It's driving me crazy! I don't want to be thin but I would like to feel like I have at least some control over my body. Right now I am feeling like an involuntary shape shifter!
Sadly the menopause does have some affect on our weight although it is not the only variable. As our body drops oestrogen levels our waistlines will naturally begin to thicken. This is because we don't need that hourglass look anymore to procreate. Our metabolisms do begin to slow down too. This is often because as we age , we ourselves slow down. There are also possible medical reasons such as having an under active thyroid or even food allergies. If you are concerned do get yourself checked out. I think on a personal level my problem is eating too much. I eat an incredibly balanced diet but I can get cravings which make me feel like an heroin addict! Presently I am back dealing with my food issues and have discovered six excellent tips to help kill my cravings. I hope you don't mind me sharing them with you!

1. Eat little and often
To avoid my blood sugar levels dropping I try not to go too long without eating something. I'm not talking massive meals or unhealthy snacks. My" go to" will be some fresh fruit salad, a small fistful of seeds or a few nuts. These are fab foods for killing cravings and are incredibly good for maintaining good health, particularly in women over 45. It may sound counter intuitive to have a mini snack but if you leave hunger too long you also lose your resolve to not over eat and will often end up eating far more than you need to, and indeed, would have done had you  had a snackette!

2. Be aware of your food triggers
I know that if I am feeling low or bored I eat more. I am now able to recognise this as a trigger and can act to avoid mindless munching. I literally ask myself "do you really need this Janie?" The answer is of course "no". It doesn't cheer me up to eat for so called comfort, in fact, it makes me feel guilty and therefore worse. As soon as I recognised this I was able to deal with it. The other trigger can be habit. We have been socialised into believing that we eat at certain times. It fits into the work pattern of our society. and economy. It is however not a natural way to eat. If you aren't hungry, wait until you are.
Another terrible trigger for me is the sight of a yummy plate of vegan food or the smell of curry, for example.
Automatically my stomach rumbles and my mouth waters. This is not true hunger . It is hedonic hunger. Your brain is trying to con you into eating. That's how ads work!

3. Choose complex carbs
If you choose complex carbs, that is, carbs in their natural state, you will not only be eating tastier food but it is also much more filling than white stuff that is empty of nutrition. Lovely foods like rice, potatoes, millet, wheat, oats, barley and rye are fantastic at keeping our blood sugars balanced. They also burn nice and slowly keeping us sated for so much longer. Refined starches are rather like an over keen young man in the bedroom....burnt out in seconds!


4. Find a way to distract yourself
I've noticed that when I am busy I don't have time to be hungry. When I have time to think about food I want it! The trick here is to find something to distract you from walking to the fridge or pantry. Make a phone call, look something of interest up on the internet, pick up your hobby or meet up with a naughty friend for some laughter. You will be surprised how a craving can pass employing this idea.

5. Exercise
Okay, I know I beat this drum often but it's one we can't escape from! Our bodies are meant to move. When we exercise we can ward off cravings as we get our high from all the feel good hormones and chemicals we release! Go for a nice brisk walk or play a game out in the garden. One of my favourites is to get Alexa to play me salsa... I can't keep still and soon I am wiggling my backside and smiling without a thought for food!

6. Never deny yourself
Don't promise yourself that you will never eat crisps again, its the absolute road to failure. Anything that relies heavily on  willpower rarely works! Get your basic nutrition right. For us older gals choose mainly from the following food groups ; vegetables, fruit, seeds, whole grains and nuts. If you are out with friends and they have a muffin and you want one, have one. Just don't make these treats a major part of your daily diet. If you have got everything else right you will be able to enjoy these treats but not crave them. Checkout these awesome salted caramel bars from Gaz Oakley. No I am not paid to tell you how awesome his  recipes are, I want to share the love.

Okay, so that is what works for me and I hope it can work for you too. What tips do you have to kill your cravings?
Why not come and join our fabulous private group on Facebook. You will be welcomed with open arms! We have discussions and fun in a safe and private environment.
Please SHARE this blog and the article with your savvy 'n' sassy friends and share the love xxxx

Have a wonderful week darlings,
Namaste,
Janie S xxx
Founder www.savvynsassy.net Where women over 50 REFUSE TO BE INVISIBLE!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

GUEST BLOGGER KAZ MOLLOY DISCUSSES THE "WOMB CANCER SCANDAL". A MUST READ FOR ALL WOMEN. AGE IS NO DISCRIMINATOR.

Guest Blogger Kaz Molloy writes about the great “womb cancer scandal” for Savvy ‘n’ Sassy readers today. Her message is powerful, and a must read for all women, young and older alike. Her words are from the heart. She has survived womb cancer but it has left a profound effect on her life. Please read and please, please share. It is easy to hide and not look at articles like this because we get scared. There is no need to be scared. Knowledge is a life saver. Who wouldn't want to know about the most common but sadly under discussed symptoms  of womb cancer?
I was diagnosed with womb cancer at the end of Dec 2009, aged 46. I had never heard of it and knew nothing about it. I didn’t know that it was the most common gynaecological cancer and that it can affect women of all ages.
After my treatment ended I decided to do something about the lack of support out there for women who had been diagnosed with womb cancer and also about the lack of awareness there was about this cancer.
So in Apr…

READING THROUGH THE MONTH OF LOVE! Check out the #CultureQueens curation for February

February is the month of love so this months curation has a love theme! I'm not talking slushy stuff but all types of love.
I hope you love my choices, do let me know!

READ MORE HERE!

Namaste
Janie S
Founder, Blogger, Freelance Writer
Savvy 'n' Sassy
Arts & Culture Editor

12 TOP TIPS TO SAVE YOUR BEAUTY CASH AND REDUCE YOUR BEAUTY CARBON FOOTPRINT!

Hey you, savvy 'n' sassy lady! I hope you are having a good week. I don’t know about you but, as I am getting older I am frequently finding that I am less seduced by “things” and increasingly looking at how I can save a bit of cash here and there by finding ways to reuse “stuff” or by “buying wiser”. For me this has been really noticeable with regards to “beauty stuff”. Yes I have been guilty I've buying every promise or new tool, haven’t we all? The problem I have is two fold. Often, whenI look at the ingredients of products I realise how easy and cheap they are to find elsewhere and also, there is that question of recycling/upcycling. I am sure many of us are appalled at the amount of waste and damage we are doing to the planet which we will leave as a legacy to our younger family members.


With this in mind, I have made a huge effort to avoid unnecessary purchases and ways to recycle or at least reduce my carbon footprint. I am truly pleased to share them with you today an…