This post contains recipes.
Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist. This advice is given purely on my own experience. If you suffer from body dysmorphia or any other self-harming mental disease related to food then please seek professional help. This is a guide for the occasional craving.
Whether it’s triggered by boredom, stress, sugar-addiction, ‘that time of the month’, or just being in a certain place in the world, food cravings are a huge part of what it means to be human. For me, food bingeing has always been a coping mechanism for anything bad that I was happening in my life. Dealing with the emotional issues that drove me to overeat was like falling down a rabbit hole, and until mid-2017, it was a journey I didn’t feel strong enough to take.
I did eventually deal with the emotional root cause of my negative behaviour, but I will be writing a more in-depth post about that side of my life later. For now, let’s get into the topic at hand. CRAVINGS of the food kind.
One of the key focuses of prolonged travel should always be your diet. It can affect many facets of your trip like your self-confidence, energy levels and, most importantly, your health. Even after improving my relationship with my own body, I still suffer from food cravings, particularly at that time of the month. The other issue I have is that I’m intolerant to A LOT of different foods including dairy, peanuts, yeast, wheat and coffee just to name a few.
So how do I deal? Well, I write down all the nutritious things I love eating, I pick one, and then I eat as much as I like. My list usually looks something like this:
The most important part is this. I don’t feel guilty about it. I can’t stress how important this part is. If you feel guilty while you are eating something, you will probably just want more of it, plus all the things that you were trying to stop yourself eating in the first place.
Yes a lot of these items are high fat, or sound sweet, but if you’re just trying to satisfy an occasional craving for sugar or empty carbs, then these options are much, much, much better for your body than a chocolate bar, bag of chips, or wheel of brie. They are filled with healthy fats, nutrients and vitamins, and many contain high levels of anti-oxidants.
Enjoy. Every. Bite.
Your list may look very different, but maybe you’re reading my list and thinking YUM. If so, you’re in luck! Here are the recipes for 3 of my favourite craving-busters! Enjoy :).
The ‘Unattractive but Hunger-Crunching Smoothie’ (vegan)
The ‘Most Delicious Rice Pudding You’ve Ever Eaten’ (vegan)
The ‘I Don’t Need No Toast’ Smashed Avo with Bacon Chips (leave out bacon if vegan)