YOU CRAVE: COF­FEE

CLEO (Malaysia) - - BODY & SOUL -

Di­eti­tians rec­om­mend you have no more than three cups a day, and af­ter that you should hy­drate your­self plenty with wa­ter or switch to de­caf or herbal tea. “Crav­ings are more likely to be an emo­tional de­sire to eat a par­tic­u­lar food. This may be linked to sit­u­a­tions or feel­ings. For ex­am­ple, you may have grown up with your mum’s pasta so you as­so­ciate that with hap­pi­ness and crave it when stressed.” “Peo­ple of­ten say that some foods make them feel bet­ter or help them deal with par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tions, ie choco­late and PMS or feel­ing tired and lol­lies.” “Some crav­ings may be due to food re­stric­tions caused by be­ing on a weight-loss diet. Be­cause you are eat­ing less than usual and not feel­ing full or sat­is­fied by what you’re con­sum­ing, you may crave other ‘for­bid­den foods’." In the end, what­ever the psy­cho­log­i­cal rea­son is for your crav­ings, it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that you feel guilty, as that gen­er­ally in­ten­si­fies the feel­ing. In­stead, try to sat­isfy your ap­petite in a way that’ll still give your body the fuel it needs with­out re­sort­ing to empty kJs. Or have just a lit­tle bit of what you want, and re­ally savour the flavour with grat­i­tude.

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