Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Royal Fit Tips From Queen Sunny


Sunny Mathews is the Queen of the Virtual Fit ‘n Fabulous Chapter which has 231 Members from 38 States and 5 countries who have an interest in fitness. Sunny shares great tips she's discovered and creates fitness challenges for Members of the Red Hat Society on both Facebook and the Red Hat Society's Members-only Queens and Members Board with the ultimate goal of inspiring them to lead healthy lifestyles. Fitness is the final "F" in the Red Hat Society's Passion Statement: Fun, Friendship, Freedom, Fulfillment and Fitness. We believe that a healthy Hatter is a happy Hatter, and we love to recognize women who are making positive changes in their lives. You can find inspiration from Queen Sunny in the weekly Friday Broadcasts, and the upcoming issue of Red Hatter Matters.

 If you would like to join the Fit ‘n Fabulous Virtual Group online, go to http://facebook.com/groups/RHSfit.fabulous and request to join the group.


Hunger vs. craving: What's the difference?

Have you noticed that when food temptations strike, it often has more to do with your mood than when you last ate? You may crave food to relax, relieve stress or boredom, soothe anger, or cope with loneliness, sadness or anxiety. Indulging in cravings during these emotional times may lead you to eat too many high-calorie, sweet, fatty foods.

Everyone has a food craving at times — and yes, chocolate is at the top of most people's list. The first step to managing your cravings is being able to identify when you’re truly hungry. 

Cravings:
Are usually for comfort foods, such as chocolate, sweets and fatty foods
Are often caused by negative feelings
Lead to eating that makes you feel good at first, but then guilty
Increase during a woman's pregnancy and menstrual cycle
May be stronger when you're dieting, especially if you're giving up your favorite foods
Can occur even after you've recently eaten
Pass with time

Hunger:
Usually occurs when you haven't eaten for a few hours or more
Results in a rumbling stomach, headache or feeling of weakness
Doesn't pass with time
Isn't just for one specific food
Can be satisfied by a healthy snack or meal

If you have a craving, distract yourself. Try calling a friend, listening to music, taking a walk or bike ride, reading, or writing. If a negative feeling is causing your craving, use positive self-talk, exercise or a fun activity to improve your mood.

courtesy of diet.MAYOClinic.org

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