At the start of your Whole30 journey you feel empowered as you fuel your body with one healthy choice after another. Every food you eat is one step closer to a healthier + happier you! You might even be feelin’ on top of the world — like these next thirty days would be a piece of cake! That is, until you start craving cake [+ cheese + bread + chocolate + wine… we really miss wine].
Cravings are bound to happen during your Whole30 journey + this is normal! Teaching your body that it can no longer rely on quick + sugary sources of energy will take some getting used to, physically you may even feel *worse* before you feel better. But it does get better + a positive attitude will be your secret weapon during your journey!
We’re here to share a few tips to make beating those cravings just a little easier.
1] REPLACE *I CAN’T HAVE THAT* WITH *I AM NOT EATING THAT RIGHT NOW*.
This simple change of words can make skipping out on those crave worthy foods just a little easier. Giving yourself a list of things you *can’t* do can make you feel like you are depriving yourself. Remind yourself that this is a journey you are choosing for your health + happiness! Things won’t be easy, but every success proves that you can conquer your goals, one step at a time!
2] EVERY TIME THE CRAVINGS START TO GET REAL — WRITE IT DOWN IN A JOURNAL.
Write down what you’re craving, what you’re doing right now//how you feel, and what time it is. Looking back on this journal might start to reveal a pattern about your cravings that you may not have even realized! Discovering more about your eating habits will help you to stay healthy now + beyond the #CHAARGWhole30.
3] ADD FRUIT TO YOUR PLATE.
If you find you’re craving sweet after you finish eating, try adding a bit of fruit to your plate. No, fruit is not as sweet as those crave-worthy foods you might be dreaming about, but fruit’s natural sweetness + fiber might help you to stay strong against the temptations.
4] STOCK UP ON SWEET TEA.
If you find that you start wanting to snack after dinner, despite not being actually hungry, you might have an old dessert eating habit. In this case, try brewing a cup of tea. You can find teas in a variety of flavors– including sweet + chocolate flavors! [Our favorite is Tiesta Tea!]
5] DRINK A GLASS OF WATER BEFORE EVERY SNACK.
If you find you are craving snacks throughout the day, try drinking a glass of water before reaching for something. The body often confuses being hungry for being thirsty. If you are still hungry ten minutes later, then you truly need a snack! The Whole30 is an entirely new eating lifestyle that will take some getting used to + that’s okay! Make sure your snack contains both protein + fat to actually fill you up. You may also want to add a little more protein + fat to your meals to keep you satisfied throughout the day. The Whole30 will take some trial + error, but it’s all about finding the right healthy balance for you + your body.
6] USE YOUR #INCHAARG INSTAGRAM FOR SUPPORT!
Share with us your cravings! You’ve got all of us CHAARG girls here to support you in achieving your goals! Use #CHAARGWhole30 to share your journey with us so that we can support you throughout your challenge!
Have you been experiencing cravings? How did you battle those cravings? What has been the most difficult part of your Whole30 journey thus far?
I’ve been craving wine + a latte from my fav coffee shop + bagels pretty strongly [I can’t even tell you the last time I ate a bagel, such a random craving for me!]. It’s definitely been tough to stick to my goals while living with others who aren’t participating in a Whole30, but I’m still going strong! Vanilla flavored tea, coconut water + kombucha [especially *gingerade*] have helped me to beat any cravings! Going for a walk or a run with my pup has also been a huge help — perfect timing for #runCHAARG!
+Teresa [@tsandoval], OSU CHAARG