We know a lot of us get these cravings from time to time, and there’s something surprising that can be leading to them…
What can cause cravings for sweet and carb-rich foods, and what you can do about it?
First: the cause … it’s something that affects ALL of us at some point or another.
It’s not getting enough sleep!
When you don’t get enough sleep, your body’s hunger hormones get out of whack, making you feel hungry … AND ALSO making it so that the food that you DO eat doesn’t really satisfy you.
So basically, your hunger hormones have their foot on your appetite’s gas pedal, and your “I’m full” hormones are nowhere near the brake!
This sets you up for a cycle of cravings. And also feeling even MORE tired … and also bloated from eating all that food!
So … what can you do about it?
If you have a rocky night of sleep, make sure you start your day with a healthy, balanced breakfast that includes PROTEIN and FIBER-RICH FOODS.
Both fiber and protein can help fill you up – and stay feeling full for hours.
Here are some ideas:
- Oatmeal and eggs
- Greek yogurt with berries
- Chia pudding with protein powder
- Shakeology with fruit, a handful of baby spinach, and some yogurt.
And also be sure to drink plenty of water. Being even a little dehydrated (1-2%!) can contribute to that overtired feeling.
We hope this info helps you stay on-track with your healthy habits the next time you have a restless night of sleep!
Be sure to schedule a Success Strategy Session if you’d like more help with building your healthy lifestyle. We are here to support your success and help you reach your goals!