I’ve seen it time and time again – the power of the 3pm snack craving. Even the most driven will find themselves going about their day after a healthy energy packed breakfast and a smart lunch, and all of the sudden they hit that wall at around 2 to 3pm where their bodies and their brains begin begging for sweets, empty carbs, and just about anything that takes them off their fitness path. What I want you to know is that you don’t have to give in, and there are ways you can tell this craving whose boss. A few methods you can use to beat this craving are:
- Take a walk – If you’re sitting most of the day in front of a computer, you’ll find that tech sucks out your energy pretty quickly. When this happens, your brain is going to tell you to pump your body full of sugar for energy, but there’s actually a much healthier way to go. Rather than reaching for a muffin or a candy bar, get up and take a short walk outdoors. Once your endorphins start pumping and you get that energy rush, your brain will cease the craving as it will no longer need the boost.
- Pack a healthy alternative – If your 3 pm craving is pretty regular, and nothing seems to help it to subside, pack yourself a healthy alternative to keep in the office when it strikes. By doing this, you’ll get to calm your craving, but you’re doing it while keeping on track with your fitness and nutrition goals. Double chocolate protein bites are a great option for satisfying a sweet tooth, boosting energy, and tasting great all at the same time.
- Take a nap – 3 pm cravings aren’t limited to the office, and if you’ve had a busy day at home you can still find it calling right at its usual time. This is one of the most dangerous places for the craving to hit, as you’re more likely to have unhealthy choices in the home than you are at the office. Rather than giving in and indulging in an unhealthy snack, try taking a nap instead for the short energy boost your body is actually telling you that you need.
- Get to the bottom of what your craving is all about – Maybe your body is telling you it wants energy, and maybe it’s actually the act of getting up and socializing you’re truly craving. Figure out what causes the craving, and use this information to satisfy whatever need you may have in a healthy way.
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