What comfort foods are you most drawn to?

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When life gives you lemons, you make a call to your local Chinese. Well, I do. When I’ve had a long day, I’m hungry and tired, Taste of China is there for me. I definitely gravitate towards savory foods. Most of the time I’d rather have a starter than a dessert.

Have you ever wondered why we crave different things when we want something naughty?

We’re genetically hardwired to have a preference towards sweet foods. When we get stressed our glucose levels raise which encourages us to eat sugary snacks to calm us back down. Sweets and ice cream offer quick fixes, compared to fruit so you’re more likely to grab a chocolate bar than an apple.

I’ve never been able to relate to the crying into a tub of Ben & Jerry’s scene. Ice cream doesn’t do it for me. Part of the reason for that is dessert was never a big thing in our house growing up. The foods you’ve eaten growing up play a big part in your diet habits.

If your family cooked a lot of home cooked foods, you’ll probably find more satisfaction eating a meal prepared from scratch, like an English Sunday Dinner or a curry. However, if your family are more continence orientated, you’ll probably find yourself eating things out of a packet or ordering take out.

For sugar, people may try chewing gum or having sweetener instead to curb that sugar craving but that’s a bad idea. Chewing gum makes you hungry because your body is preparing for food but not getting any. When you chew gum, you keep swallowing saliva so your stomach’s gastric juices are stimulated.

Sweeteners, although sugar substitutes don’t effect blood sugar levels. Therefore, you’re not getting that sugar fix by using these as an alternative. The craving will still be there.

Cravings are supposed to last for roughly 20 minutes. However, waiting it out doesn’t always work. Sometimes your body genuinely craves something because it needs it. It’s best to have a little bit of what you’re craving than deny yourself foods or opt for foods that release sugar slowly.

I just find being mindful of your mood helps.

 

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