Body Transformation Experiment
“Some people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them”
GAHHH!!! The cravinggss!!!
Today, we’re tackling a topic that will be with you (off and on) throughout the duration of your initial 30 day program—cravings. Namely, what we call the “Sugar Dragon,” tempting you with promises of pleasure, reward, and comfort if you’ll only give in and eat that donut-cookie-cake-dinner roll. Don’t be tempted! The Sugar Dragon lies, offering false promises of comfort when you know there’s only regret and remorse at the end of that particular tunnel.
The cravings are actually a really good sign-- they indicate that your body is THISCLOSE to switching over into fat-burning mode, and trying one last-ditch push to convince you to just send it some easy-to-burn sugar.
It takes a significant amount of energy for the body to break down and use fat for fuel, as opposed to sugar--which takes none at all... Because the human body is super efficient-- it's going to do everything it can to try and stay in it's energy conserving, fat storing, sugar burning mode...
Good thing we're prepared and expecting this! Here are 2 tricks to help you determine if you're body is really HUNGRY-- or just trying to TRICK you with a CRAVING!
This acronym stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. The next time you’re having a craving, stop and ask yourself, am I really hungry, or am I just angry (or frustrated), lonely (or bored), or tired. If you’re not really hungry, then use some craving combat strategies listed below, such as going for a walk, calling up a friend, or going shopping (for smaller clothes, yay!) to see you through. If you discover that you really are hungry, then eat! (We’ll help you figure out what to eat when the Sugar Dragon is spitting fire next. Hint: it’s not fruit!)
Steamed fish and broccoli:
This next trick is a bit simpler, and brutally effective. The next time you get a hankering for something to eat (and are wondering if it’s just a craving), ask yourself, “Am I hungry enough to eat steamed fish and broccoli right now?” If the answer is no… you’re not really hungry, you’re just craving, so act accordingly. If the answer is yes, then you really are hungry! Time to eat… read on to see what the perfect craving-busting meal should look like.
CRAVINGS don't last forever!!! Here's some hints to get you through!
Delay or distract.
Tuning out a food craving for just a little while can actually make it go away, as will finding something else to do.
Since cravings are often triggered by stress, boredom, anger, and other emotions, find other ways to calm down. Exercise has been shown to ease stress and release endorphins, so go for a walk, do some yoga, or drop and give us 10 (push-ups). Other ways to let out the stress are meditating, journaling, or even calling up a friend to vent.
If you’re legitimately hungry (use the techniques we described above)
craving something sweet, skip the sweet stuff—no snacking on fruit. Instead, eat a meal or snack focused on
. These two macronutrients together pack a huge satiety punch, letting your brain know that your body is full, well-nourished, and happy.
Thirst can easily masquerade as a craving—that feeling of, “I need
…” is often hard to pinpoint. The next time you have a food craving, drink a glass of water first. Then wait about fifteen minutes. If you're still hungry, it's probably legitimate, but this method is a great way to make sure you're not just dehydrated.
Food cravings and sleep deprivation go hand-in-hand. When you're sleep deprived, your body releases a hormone that makes you crave sugars and carbohydrates. If you think you might be reaching for food from sheer exhaustion, go to your room (or out to your car) and take a fifteen minute cat-nap. Giving your body what it really needs will be a more effective way of making yourself feel better.
Your first-- and toughest-- week is almost over!!! You're doing awesome! Keep it up, and as always- Text us anytime! Kristie is usually up til about 1 am, so NO WORRIES on lateness :)
Scrambled eggs (about 4 eggs), bacon (high fat pieces), slice of Swiss and slice of cheddar.
Suggest: 4 oz of especially fat salami and pepperoni, about 2 oz Parmesan cheese
Suggestion: Ground beef sautéed with heavy cream, onions, broccoli, and melted cheese
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What was the best thing that happened to me today? What was it that made you particularly proud, happy or grateful? Was there a moment of joy or accomplishment? Relive the feeling for an instant. We want more of those moments in our lives so let’s just think about something really positive and build on that. Too often we take good things for granted. We should enjoy them and be grateful. This question helps us to be positive, happy and appreciative.