Most of us have probably felt those late-night cravings before — ya know that moment when you need some chocolate or something salty or else you might lose your mind? Those kinda cravings ; ) There are countless reasons why we get those late-night cravings such as nutrient deficiencies or low serotonin levels. Try finding some different ways to manage late night cravings + maintain a healthy lifestyle —
EAT WELL-BALANCED MEALS
Cravings can be caused by a lack of nutrients you may be missing in your meals. A chocolate craving can usually indicate a lack of magnesium which is found in veggies, fruits, + nuts. Taking CHAARG of your nutrition + making sure you’re eating well-balanced meals can help you fulfill those late-night cravings // deficiencies + maintain a healthy lifestyle.
EAT A MINI-MEAL
Late at night when restaurants + grocery stores are closed, we may feel stuck with unhealthy options like the vending machine down the hall. Instead, plan ahead + consider keeping foods nearby that are more like a mini-meal! Foods such as Greek yogurt + fruits can help satisfy the sweet cravings while filling you up with wholesome nutrients.
Before you reach for da snacks, first consider if you’re dehydrated. Drinking anything might satisfy the cravings, ++ a warm cup of tea is always a good option. Decaffeinated tea is a calming drink that will help you fall asleep, successfully fulfilling the desire to eat. Herbal teas such as chamomile + rooibos are perfect for avoiding caffeine + getting to sleep! If you’re looking for a little energy to get some studying in, black, white, + green teas can give you that little pick me up + help satisfy the urge.
CHEW GUM // BRUSH YOUR TEETH
Chewing a minty stick of gum or using a mint toothpaste keeps your mouth busy + clears your palate to satisfy the cravings! The smell of peppermint is actually known to make people feel less hungry + end those cravings! When you brush your teeth, you feel less inclined to *ruin the clean* by snacking. The minty taste also will mix with whatever you’re craving + alter the taste so you won’t want it anymore.
LIGHT A VANILLA CANDLE
Vanilla is known to be a scent that can reduce sugar + chocolate cravings. The scented candle can help you manage those late-night snack wants + provide a calming atmosphere to fall asleep to. If the place you’re living doesn’t let you burn candles [shout out to all my dorm-life girls!] vanilla- scented wall plugs can have the same effect : )!
FIND A NEW COMFORT
Many of us often turn to food for comfort. However, reading a book, listening to a soothing playlist, or curling up in bed with a warm cup of tea can all be comforting + help overcome the late-night snacking. Create a new bedtime ritual to help you stay calm + relaxed.
While late-night cravings are completely natural + happen to most, choosing a healthier option or finding something to do instead can help you manage those cravings!
+Beth (bethb_inchaarg) // GVSU CHAARG