YOU CRAVE: COFFEE
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.