The #1 Way To Beat Cravings for GOOD!

Is your busy lifestyle making you crave foods uncontrollably ALL the time? Here is 1 simple trick to help you get a handle on those pesky feelings.

Cravings are a doozy. They come about when you least expect them and can often times be OVERWHELMING. This is especially true for busy people and those constantly on the go. Why? Being busy and travel are often times hectic and stressful experiences, which elevate your cortisol levels and incite this phenomenon we call ‘stress eating’, which pushes you to find and scarf down whatever food you can possibly get your hands on….uncontrollably.

What actually is a craving?

Well…”A food craving (also called selective hunger) is an intense desire to consume a specific food, and is different from normal hunger. It may or may not be related to specific hunger, the drive to consume particular nutrients.” And according to Medicalnewstoday, “Food cravings are caused by the regions of the brain that are responsible for memory, pleasure, and reward. An imbalance of hormones, such as leptin and serotonin, can also cause food cravings. … Emotions may also be involved in producing a food craving, especially if a person eats for comfort.”

We all have experienced these. Most often, cravings cause you to eat foods high in SUGAR because our body knows that those foods are the quickest to trigger a positive feedback loop, and make us feel good. Cravings can be detrimental to our health goals. But never fear, there are ways to curb your cravings.

The #1 way to beat cravings is….

DRINK WATER! Yes. H2O. The human body is mostly water, and when you don’t drink enough, you become dehydrated. Just as hunger primes eating, being thirsty primes drinking. What is the area of the brain that causes thirst? The hypothalamus. And what about the area that controls hunger?…The hypothalamus again! Considering the two sensations originate from the same source, the body can often times confuse thirst for hunger, triggering you to eat.

Next time you get a craving, try drinking 1 full liter of water! This will keep your cravings in check, satisfy your thirst and hunger and calm the want for other non-healthy substances.

Incorporate this habit into your lifestyle for getting a handle on your cravings, and if you’re looking for a jump-start to a new, healthier life, combine this principle with these 3 tips to prep you for your journey!

Fatigue 101 – 3 Ways to Have More ENERGY! …without caffeine

Lack of energy? Relying on caffeine to make it through the day? Here is the 411 on fatigue and what to do for more energy!

As we get older…and busier…many things change. Am I right…or am I right? 🙂 One of these things is our energy levels. We just aren’t the same people we were when we were 10 and every minute of every day is an endless sprint of energy and playtime and freedom and fun. Our days are now filled with “adulting”…working, bills, chores, families, side hobbies, and trying to stay sane. All of which requires energy. Now we are endlessly seeking out ways to rekindle our childhood flames in order to just power through one more day. One more day of 4am wake up calls and a busy 24 hours of doing what we need to do to survive. Which, however unfortunate, is the reality for many of us. To quench this search for energy, it usually has us reaching for highly caffeinated coffee by the I-V loads. Essentially an intravenous slow drip of the chicory goodness.

But how much is TOO much?

Studies show that 400mg of caffeine is the healthy daily dose for most adults. That’s equal to about 4 cups of regularly brewed coffee. What the bags of beans normally DON’T tell you, is that if you consume this much on a regular basis, your body will build up a tolerance. Thus, you find yourself needing more and more just to feel the same effects as you used to.

What happens when you drink more than the recommended dose?

Well, you may experience symptoms such as:

  1. migraines
  2. insomnia
  3. nervousness and anxiety
  4. frequent urination
  5. irritability and restlessness
  6. elevated feelings of stress
  7. shakes and jitters
  8. adrenal fatigue – when combined with other forms of stimulants and stressors

Not to mention, caffeine consumption creates an unwanted cycle of sleeplessness. We usually consume coffee because we feel tired. But caffeine is a stimulant, so it keeps us up at night, and we are UNABLE to sleep….thus more coffee the next day while we are running on not-so-optimal 4 hours of sleep each night. See the problem?

Rest assured however, there are a few ways to dial back your reliance.

  1. Keep tabs on consumption – make a mental note to always record and keep track of how much caffeine you’re consuming. When you’re reaching your daily levels…STOP.
  2. Get better sleep – sleeping 7-9 hours of GOOD sleep each night decreases your need for caffeine and other stimulants because your body is rested and has enough energy to make it throughout the day.
  3. Cycle your sources – there are other natural forms of caffeine such as herbal teas. Try going every other day, cycling teas and coffees. This way, your body won’t build up as strong as a tolerance, and you will feel the same effects with smaller doses.

Alright…who’s ready to go attack the day now?!!? Or are you looking for some NATURAL remedies aside from caffeine, that will provide your body with endless amounts of ENERGY?! Check out 3 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Energy and Power Through Your Day!

-The Well Life Coach

 

3 Major Reasons Why People are Benefiting From Wellness Coaches!

Wellness coaching is a growing profession. Why? People are seeing the great benefits and results!

Wellness coaching just happens to be one of the fastest growing professions around today. It seems like…fortunately…everyone is getting on the wellness train! Hip hip hooray for healthy trends! But having said that, chronic conditions are still prevalent. With obesity, hypertension, and diabetes effecting 75%+ of the population, and costing upwards of $250+ billion of healthcare costs, it seems that wellness coaching still have a daunting job to do.

First off….what exactly is a wellness coach? Unlike personal trainers who just focus on fitness and nutritionists that look solely at diet, wellness coaches tend to focus on the person as a WHOLE, maximizing balance between all areas of life and wellness. Think of it as like….a Julian Michaels meets Tony Robbins. Or something.. 🙂

Wellness coaches can work in conjunction with physicians or medical clinics, or operate as an independent entity. Considering their ability to work with clients essentially anywhere, more and more people are finding benefit in and seeing great results from working with one of these coaches! Here are 3 reasons why:

  1. Accessibility and accountability – sometimes, you just need that one person to slap your hand when you reach for the last cookie in the jar. Or that extra spoonful of peanut butter…if you’re me… Think of wellness coaches, well, like an actual coach! To encourage you, teach you, motivate you, stick with you through the tough times, and be your cheerleader through the good times. Wellness coaches are like your personal health advocate, who truly hold your best interests at heart and believes enough IN you that you can accomplish whatever your goals are. Not only that, but thanks to the ole’ internet, wellness coaching can be done virtually through pretty much anywhere. I have a client in Cali who I work with via telephone, sometimes skype, and if they need guidance on an exercise move…a simple Zoom or Youtube upload tutorial (or even facetime) can knock that out pretty quickly and easily! Accessibility and accountability…2 things we ALL need.
  2. Behavior change is hard – say for example you go to the doctor and he says, “Hey, you have high blood pressure. Change your diet and your exercise routine, along with these meds, and you should see improvement. See you in 6 months.” Though he’s left you with a general overview of what to do to improve your help, the HOW to do it may still leave you quite baffled. Not to mention, be honest in how likely you are to do this with only a suggestion. Behavior change is hard. Especially for those who must undergo MAJOR behavior and lifestyle changes. And usually, physicians aren’t trained in behavior change, nor do they have the time to continuously follow up and coach a patient through their post-care protocols. Enter…the wellness coach. Wellness coaches can make deciphering this plan a lot easier, by giving you guidance on how to implement these suggestions. Not only that, wellness coaches usually have the experience to tie in mindfulness and emotional change strategies that help induce sustainable behavior change.
  3. Wellness coaches are a 1 stop shop – last bust not least, wellness coaches are like a ‘wellness class pass’ if you will. Pay a fee for access to all of their services. Not just training, not just nutrition, but some help you through other elements such as stress reduction, goal setting, time management, life balance, career transitions, relationships…essentially anything can impact an individuals wellness. Essentially they will help you make overall general better LIFESTYLE choices that will benefit you as a whole, and focus on your strengths.

Many of us have a vision of our ideal life. It could be via a business idea, career, or physical appearance. And though wellness coaches aren’t physicians, healthcare professionals or trained nutritionists or business coaches, setting goals with a wellness coach allows you to focus on your physical and mental wellness that in turn proves beneficial to your endeavors in all other areas of life. With our motivation, guidance, knowledge, training and accountability, your chances of success are much..MUCH higher.