What Is Your Go-To Craving Food?

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When you think about food cravings, typically the first thing that comes to mind would be some type of junk food. Something that is high in calories, low in nutrients, processed and quite unhealthy. Is that what you tend to crave when a craving kicks in? What is your go-to craving -- chocolate chip cookies? A big bowl of ice cream? My fave unhealthy treat is a big old chocolate chip cookie – and I mean BIG! I love a sweet treat after dinner at the end of the day.

 I'll be honest with you -- I believe in a balanced life. I'm not saying to never enjoy a sweet treat again. The issue with ingesting processed foods and the chemicals that come along with them on an ongoing basis is the danger of addiction. We absolutely don't want that, as it can disrupt the way our bodies function and wreak havoc in more ways than you can imagine. 

 So, if you feel like you may be addicted to sugar and/or processed foods, there is something you can do to help. There are many foods you can add into your diet to balance your microbiome and get your good bacteria back to a healthy place. These foods are generally fermented foods that are filled with the good bacteria that your body needs to balance itself again and rid you of those cravings. 

These fermented foods can include kimchi, kombucha, sauerkraut and kefir to name a few. I'd love for you to choose at least one of these to add into your diet this week and get that good bacteria back into your body. Taking a probiotic on a daily basis will help balance your bacteria as well -- my favorite probiotics are the ones found in the Isagenix shakes I have every day. They actually have prebiotics AND probiotics in them.

Food Swaps for Popular Cravings…

Another of my favorite ways to combat cravings is to trade out unhealthy foods with beneficial ones. 

If you're craving potato chips... Try some raw carrot or celery sticks instead for that crunch.

If you're craving soda... Try some sparkling water such as La Croix.  There are so many flavors to choose from; you're bound to find one you love -- and you can finally ditch that soda!

If you're craving a milkshake... Try a green smoothie instead to quench your desire for something cold and sweet.

Another helpful tip that I implement is to indulge mindfully. When you do decide to have a treat, enjoy a smaller portion than you’d even like to have. Teaching yourself restraint and how to indulge mindfully is an incredibly useful tool that you will carry with you always. 

I generally recommend the 80-20 rule when it comes to nutrition unless one is training for a specific goal like a figure or bodybuilding competition. The rule says roughly 80-85% of the time make wise, healthy choices with your nutrition and the other 15-20% enjoy life – in moderation – have your pizza or wine or chocolate chip cookies in smaller portions than you may have in the past, be present when you are eating, not distracted by t.v., cell phones or other diversions, and enjoy every bite!

I have a special holiday offer for anyone signing up with one of the Isagenix starter paks I have on my website! It is good through the end of December 2017. When you sign up and purchase one of these starter paks I will send you a customized training program complete with cardio recommendations based on your specific health goals. That’s usually a $150 value but is yours free this holiday season. It’s my way of encouraging you to embrace the gift of health now and always!

Happy Holidays friends

Erika DeJesus