30 Day Mediterranean Lifestyle Challenge
Terry is ASHA's Learning Facilitator. We work together in HR and she's playing a critical role in planning our 30 Day Challenge as she does all our wellness activities. She's agreed to share her perspective on our challenge in a couple of posts over the course of the month.
Kicking off Wave 1 today, we're starting to recalibrate our bodies to our new healthy eating habits. Inevitably we'll experience some cravings, but the Sonoma diet promises that we'll be "pleasantly surprised at how quickly you lose your cravings for white bread and sugary sweets." Until then, we'll rely on Terry's tips and the support of our colleagues and friends. If you've found other things that work for you, leave us a note in the comment section below.
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Wave 1 of the Sonoma Diet is the most restrictive phase in which sugar, alcohol, and most sources of starch are avoided. With that being said, and if you’re like me, the minute I hear I can’t have something is when I become obsessive about it and want it more!
According to a survey, 97% of women and 68% of men experience food cravings. Researchers believe that the time of day plays a role in cravings — late afternoon or early evening is the prime time when they tend to occur. Some experts suggest that cravings are physiological -- that our bodies crave certain nutrients when we want specific foods or that we subconsciously desire a result the food might bring. Others say cravings are simply force of habit or even a form of food addiction. Whatever the reasons, I’ve found that the times I’ve been successful in warding off my cravings have been when I’ve purposely distracted myself by doing or thinking of other things. Then, by the time I remember I had the craving, I’m forced to ask myself how much I really wanted the item if I could forget about it so easily. I Googled “food cravings” and below are some basic tips for dealing with them. I tested each of the tips when I decided to write this post and below are my reactions to each: