Snack attacks happen to all of us sometimes. Cravings can be common, especially when you’re getting used to new ways of eating. . The good news is,  it does get easier because the cravings will become weaker and less often,  the longer you practice intermittent fasting. Here are some tips that will help you get through them:

  • Drink water: Thirst is often confused with hunger or food cravings so drink a glass or two.

  • Eat more protein: Healthy protein (eggs, chicken, tofu, yogurt, etc) can help keep us satisfied for longer, helping curb hunger and cravings. 

  • Mentally distance yourself from the craving: Seeing, smelling, or hearing about food can trigger cravings because it reminds us of memories of eating it.

  • Plan your meals: Thinking out and preparing what you’re going to eat will ensure you fill up on wholesome foods. 

  • Avoid getting extremely hungry: When you get too hungry, any intention to eat healthy can go out the window. Always bring healthy snacks (nuts, seeds, fruit, vegetables, low-fat cheese) with you. 

  • Reduce stress:  Stress increases the hormone cortisol, which causes us to crave foods, especially carbohydrates. And most likely the not-so-healthy processed ones.

  • Get enough sleep: When we don’t sleep enough, we can crave quick energy from food to get us through the day.