How to PRACTICALLY Reduce Cravings For Comfort Foods After 40s

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Many people who find themselves in the 40s decade will experience cravings for comfort foods as they’re entering into this period of life where they’re going to be faced with health changes that seem more rapid than at other times in their lives.

Here we’ll explain why food cravings increase in those who are approaching 40 years old. We’ll also give some effective tips on how to avoid them if they do start hitting home.

Ready to stop cravings? Let’s go…

The Start of Food Cravings in the 40s

Food cravings reach a peak during the 40s for two reasons. The first is that we’re entering into a period of life where actual age starts to show up on our bodies. The second is because we are becoming aware of those changes.

Most of us are trained from an early age to associate food cravings with hunger and a lack of food. This is why we have a great tendency to reach for something to eat when we are bored, tired, stressed, or facing a challenge.

In the process of trying to avoid food cravings as well as some of the negative effects of aging, many people in their late 30s and early 40s take up health regimens that can be pretty extreme. There are several diets that take this approach today including those that involve various raw food diets and juice fasts.

The good news is that there are other options. The key is to find a regimen that works for you. There are also lots of things you can do to sustain health and wellness in your 40s.

What Causes Food Cravings in the 40s?

The main cause of food cravings in our 40s is the onset of physical changes along with a gradual process of mental awareness.

The physical changes that happen in the 40s include:

Perceptual changes. These include changes in vision, hearing, and other senses because of age. It also includes changes to how we perceive ourselves. Things that used to be routine become new and unfamiliar as we get older. For instance, a person might have been able to go on a bike ride without noticing their feet hurting but will find out later that they had fallen off two or three times on the way there.

Changes in metabolism. As people get older, their bodies slow down. One reason is that they become more efficient at using the energy they have so they don’t have to burn as much as when we were younger. This may be why people who go through menopause experience dramatic weight changes – because their metabolic rates go down and body fat goes up.

Changes in hormones. Our bodies naturally produce hormones that are key in regulating our behaviors and emotions. Changes in hormones can affect food cravings and make us feel hungry. When people who are approaching 40 years old talk about “the change” many refer to it as their hormonal and emotional roller coaster.

Changes in brain chemicals. As we age our brains begin to produce fewer of the chemicals that regulate our emotions but more of those that regulate our reasoning capabilities. This is why we take on more responsibilities as we get older but sometimes find it harder to understand the instructions that come with them.

Changes in brain anatomy. Our brain begins to take on the general shape of an egg as we get older. These changes are natural and typically happen about 25 years before death. But they can have a dramatic effect on our creative thinking, social skills, and ability to understand what’s going on around us.

So, what can we do about it?

Tip 1: Don’t Fight Food Cravings

The first thing to remember is that food cravings are usually the defensive reaction of our body. It’s our mind trying desperately to make us feel things like hunger.

Our best defense against cravings is to not fight them. Instead, we need to think of them as a sign that something else is going on in our lives and we need to pay attention. Food cravings can be a great way for us to evaluate what’s happening in our lives.

Tip 2: Eat Real Food

While food cravings may be due to hormonal changes as well as changes in metabolic rates, it’s important to understand the reason food cravings can present themselves. One of the major reasons is that we’re not eating real food.

We go through our days eating and drinking things that are laden with chemicals, additives, and preservatives. In fact, many of them contain nearly as many chemicals as drugs do. These foods take a toll on the body over time.

Soda, unhealthy foods, and other processed junk take a lot of chemicals to make them taste good. There’s no need to fill yourself up on them, especially once you hit your 40s. The best thing to do is avoid them as much as possible.

Tip 3: Monitor Your Diet

It’s also important to monitor your food intake because what we eat has a big impact on our bodies. In the 40s we are often more aware of the chronic conditions we’ve been managing for years. For instance, when it comes to diabetes we’re more aware of the way sugar affects our blood levels.

The best way to get a good handle on what you’re eating is to start weighing your food. A digital scale is a great investment for anyone who wants to take control of their diet. Start by deciding what you’re going to measure and then cut down on tracking it in the near future.

Tip 4: Manage Stress

Another important way to combat food cravings is by finding ways to bring them down. One of the best and easiest ways to cut food cravings is by managing stress. Stress affects our bodies in a number of ways. One thing it does is change the way we produce chemicals in our brains that deal with emotion and anxiety.

If we can find ways to deal with stress, it will help manage food cravings. You don’t have to eliminate all stress but you should address it so you can be in control of your emotions and your life. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some more ideas on how to manage your stress:

Get enough sleep. Chronic fatigue is often an indicator of poor sleep cycles, which can contribute to stress.

Final Tip: Talk with your Doctor

It’s important to remember that food cravings are a normal part of the aging process. They don’t have to be big problems. On the contrary, talking with your doctor about food cravings can help you figure out what you should do about them.

We recommend starting by remembering that food doesn’t make you happy but love and connection do. That’s why we recommend investing in human relationships, including our relationships with each other and with our family members and friends.

The good news is that there are many things you can do to reduce food cravings. If you can reduce the emotional stress in your life, you’ll be able to manage your cravings better. You can also make sure that you’re eating real food and within reasonable bounds. If all these things are done, then food cravings shouldn’t be a problem for you anymore.

Take care,
Alyssa

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