Managing your sugar and carb cravings is easier when your body is in balance. Learn how leveraging neurotransmitters can keep those cravings at bay.
Do you crave sweets after eating a meal, even though you are no longer hungry? Or does the vending machine at the office whisper your name mid-afternoon, calling you to come and enjoy one of its sugary, high-fat treats in order to get you through the rest of your day? And do you beat yourself up every time you give in to these cravings, cursing your lack of willpower and wondering how it is you can be so successful professionally, yet lack the power to not eat chips, cookies, or ice cream?
These types of situations happen to all of us from time to time, but when they happen with any sort of regularity, it can make losing weight feel like a battle in which you’re willing to wave your white flag. Fortunately, you no longer need to surrender to these temptations as there is an alternative that will put you on the winning side—and it has nothing to do with your willpower!
Your Willpower Isn’t to Blame
As a high achieving woman, it is easy to blame yourself anytime you don’t get the results you want. You take a lot of pride in your ability to manage problematic scenarios, which is something you do quite well when you are at work. However, personally it’s a different story.
You feel as if you’re constantly powerless over the foods that call out to you, which makes you feel weak and out of control. You chastise yourself for every mouthful of “bad” food that you eat, telling yourself that you have once again been defeated and that you will never win.
It’s time to stop this behavior for two reasons. First, beating yourself up and calling yourself names doesn’t help you in any way, shape, or form. It only pushes you down, makes you feel lower than low, and “confirms” that you are as useless as you tell yourself you are.
Second, and most appropriately, you can rest assured that your willpower isn’t to blame for all of your cravings. In fact, oftentimes, it is a neurotransmitter level that isn’t where it should be, which is creating your desire to eat.
The Role of Neurotransmitters in Cravings
Neurotransmitters are chemicals that are released by your brain that allow your body’s communication system to function. They help your cells “talk” to each other so that each one knows what it needs to do to keep you at optimum health.
Perhaps the best examples of this is the fact that neurotransmitter communication helps your heart know when to beat, your lungs to know when to breathe, and so on. So, when one of your neurotransmitter levels is low, it is going to communicate that it needs to be raised, which is often when cravings occur.
For example, if your serotonin levels aren’t where they should be, you’ll feel a desire to eat sugary foods like cookies, cakes, ice creams, and other sweet desserts. Levels of this particular neurotransmitters lower naturally mid-afternoon and again right before bedtime, which is partially why these are the times of day most prone to craving strikes.
Knowing this should help you realize that your cravings have nothing to do with willpower and everything to do with the chemistry of your brain. So, how do you beat them before they beat you? You fix your neurotransmitter levels so that your brain no longer needs sugar to stay stable.
Balancing Your Neurotransmitters
Giving in to your cravings only works short-term to stabilize your neurotransmitter levels, which is why they continue to return. Therefore, your goal should be to balance your neurotransmitters more permanently so that your desire to eat unhealthy foods doesn’t continue. This begins with testing.
The first thing you need to do is discover what, if any, neurotransmitters aren’t at their appropriate strengths or amounts in your body. These are the hormones you want to work on replacing as once you get your body balanced, you will notice a huge reduction in your cravings, causing you to battle your desire to overeat less and less over time.
It also helps to engage in mindful eating. Sometimes cravings happen because you aren’t paying attention to the foods you eat, which doesn’t allow your brain or stomach to register that you’re satisfied. Instead, focus on the eating experience and you may find that you automatically eat less as a result.
Beating your cravings is easier when your body is in balance. So, if you struggle with this area, please contact me. It’s time to bring your hormones in check so you can raise your flag in victory!
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