You don’t have to be pregnant to know that pregnancy cravings are very real and sometimes overwhelming. Fluctuating hormones prevalent during pregnancy can be the culprit most often. I get demanding cravings every day, and for me they seem to hit the hardest right before bed.
For #fitnessFriday, I wanted to offer my personal tips I use daily for managing cravings. My diet is NOT 100% clean–that would be no fun!–but I do aim to have a balanced diet more often than not.
Check out my top tips below for how you can manage those cravings too–pregnant or not!
1) Substitute unhealthy cravings for healthier versions
Pregnant women are notorious for craving ice cream. This has a lot more to do with the calcium in the ice cream rather than all the sugar and cream. So, to get my ice cream craving satisfied, I will drink organic milk with cocoa, or a yogurt parfait. You’d be surprised, but it satisfies the craving!
2) Craving soda? Try this.
I often find myself craving carbonated drink while pregnant, like 7-up or Sprite. I have found a great option to indulge in guilt free–carbonated water! You can find them at your local grocery store, and many have zero sodium, zero sugar, and no calories. My husband and I are addicted to them.
3) Indulge yourself…every once in a while!
What fun would pregnancy be if you never let yourself have a treat? I believe in having treats in moderation whether you’re pregnant or not. We have Pizza Night every Friday at our house, unapologetically. It’s fun, sets a routine, and I never feel guilty because it’s just one night a week! 😉
4) Don’t let yourself get hangry.
Hangry=Hungry and Angry. Try to always keep healthy snacks with you to avoid those moments when you’ll do anything for some food! My son and I always keep grapes, apples, nuts, and water with us whenever we know we’re going to be out and about all day.
Well, there you have it guys! My personal tips I use daily to manage incessant cravings.
Did I miss one that you use that works? If so, leave me a comment letting me know what you do below.
Have a great weekend!
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