I’m sure you know what it is like to crave chocolate, or something equally as tasty and perhaps equally as high in fat and sugar!
What is behind those cravings? Perhaps we just like the taste. Doh!
But I wonder, as we yet again finish that packet of Tim Tams or slab of Cadbury in one sitting, whether the chocolate is soothing something inside us other than our taste buds?
So, what could we really be craving?
You might binge eat because of a lack of sleep. Sleep is nature’s appetite suppressant. When we don’t sleep enough we compromise our body’s ability to ‘feel full’. Less than 6 hours equals sleep deprivation. A sleep deprived body will produce less of the blood hormone leptin. Leptin both suppresses our appetite and helps our brain know when we have had enough food.
The less sleep you get on a regular basis correlates to the more weight you may put on.
You need 7 hours sleep or more.
It is not surprising that many of us turn to junk food to help us zone out when our lives feel stressed or broken. In very real ways junk food offers disconnection and relief. As all those sugars and carbs hit our blood stream our blood sugar levels spike and we begin to feel a lot better. That is, until the spike is over! The problem is that zoning out on junk food has its drawbacks! Who knew!!!
Here are some calorie and sugar free ‘escape’ options.
- Brisk walk
- Long talk to a sympathetic ear
- A pedicure
- A quick game on the computer
When we feel overwhelmed by the ‘out of our control’ things in our lives, we often look for the one thing in our lives that we can control – what goes into our mouth!!
When we become mums we soon find out what we can’t control:
- Our fertility
- Our contractions in labour (when they begin, how long they go for, how long before they STOP)
- Our milk production or lack of it
- Our child’s sleeping patterns
- Our child’s bowel movements (size, frequency, viscosity or timing!!!)
Ask yourself today:
- What specifically feels out of your control?
- Is this something I can change; is it within my power? (If not, redirect your thoughts to accepting the situation and the options for managing it)
- Am I worrying about something I have no control of that possibly, and even probably, may not ever happen?
You might have seen the Serenity Prayer before; it’s a good one to remember.
“Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference”
Field Staff Manager
Erma lives in Adelaide, SA. When she isn’t being a wife to Lindsay, mum to their three children (and their spouses) and Grandma to their 5 grandchildren she can be found championing the cause of MOPS in Australia (and making amazing chocolate desserts).