This week, for Cravings-Crushing Monday, I’m going to share one ridiculously easy way to get a handle on your popcorn bingeing. However, this week, instead of writing about the tool, I’m urging you to listen to my first interview in about three years so you can discover how to take control of your popcorn intake while in the movie theater or when you’re on the run.
Do you find that you’re hounded by what I call Crazy Cravings™? Take heart. You’re in the company of millions. More than nine out of ten of us have food cravings, especially the females among us.
People just like you from around the world get overwhelmed—well, more like assaulted, pounced on, and then pummeled—by Crazy Cravings™, as I call them.
Indeed, studies have discovered that most of us have cravings.
Let’s quickly review a few statistics:
Some 97 percent of women and 68 percent of men have cravings, according to a study from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging in Boston, which surveyed 95 people, average age of 49 years. Results were published in the October 2014 issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Appetite.
Rather, 95 percent of young women and men aged 29.5(the average) experience daily cravings, according to another study, published in the August 2014 in the journal Eating Behaviors. Not only that, but the 646 women and men surveyed by scientists from Yale University’s School of Nursing, School of Medicine and the Yale Stress Center, showed “a significant positive relationship between BMI [Body Mass Index, which measures body fat] and food cravings.”
Instead, 91 percent of femaleshave cravings, according to Tufts University researchers, who found that after six months of dieting, cravings rose to 94 percent among the 32 healthy, overweight women, aged 20 to 42, as they reported in the International Journal of Obesityin 2007. But there’s some good news, too: The women, who lost more weight had fewer food cravings.
Do you often feel like that your sugar cravings, carb cravings, fat cravings or salt cravings are chasing you?
In short, do you feel hounded, haunted or harassed by what I call Crazy Cravings™?
Do your fierce, wild, seemingly irrational urges for sugary, salty, fatty, fiber-stripped, nutrient-deprived, ultra-refined snacks and “treats” suddenly strike you like vultures swooping in to nab their doomed prey?
Next, do you find that you can’t stop thinking, fantasizing or obsessing about your favorite cupcakes, pretzels, popcorn or [fill in the name of your preferred drug—okay, I mean, your trigger food]?
Then, do your Crazy Cravings for your favorite junk foods wrest your control from you, rule you and ultimately strip you of your power?
Soon, without your knowing how or why it happened, your good intentions to diet or eat healthily vanish.
You eat — or most likely, binge — with speed, ferocity and mindlessness like a runaway train that’s gone off its tracks. Soon, the numbers on the scale rise and your health backslides.
It is my pleasure to announce that early every Monday morning in 2016, I’ll share fast, easy, convenient tips to help you easily thrive and rise above your Crazy Cravings in this fast, convenience-driven world.
On Cravings-Crushing Mondays, you’ll discover:
Why Crazy Cravings chase you and how or why you’ll continue to be a target;
The biggest reasons people get Crazy Cravings;
Quick, powerful tools, which have been either discovered by scientists from universities or hospitals around the world;
Recently, I’ve attended several events and traveled to several cities, where I saw many women wearing very high heels that rose two, three, even four or five inches off the ground. Admittedly, I may be a little envious since I can’t wear high heels myself (due to pronated feet and two ankle injuries), but I began worrying about the millions of smart, suave, sophisticated ladies, who may be causing irreparable damage, all because they want to look chic.
Undoubtedly you’ve seen or are among those women, who walk awkwardly, tilt forward while standing, and aren’t comfortable in their own shoes.
So just how dangerous are high heels? You’ll be astounded.
I’m not advocating ditching your high heels. But limiting wearing them makes sense. Matthew Garoufalis, DPM and past president of the APMA agrees. “With high heels, moderation is key. It’s best not to wear them every day,” he wrote in an May 19, 2014, APMA article.
Why are high heels so dangerous? To begin, they put your ankle joint in an unnatural position by forcing your foot into plantar flexion (flexing your toes or foot downward in the direction of the sole of your foot).
Now before you dismiss my concerns about high heels as crazy, consider some of recent findings:
Normally, I don’t impulsively tap a woman on the shoulder to share a health warning. But recently, at Whole Foods, alarm bells went off in my head when a pretty, carefree, 20-or-30-something woman nonchalantly strode by, with her cell phone tucked into her bra.
I felt compelled to approach The Cell-Phone-in-Bra Chick. After my insistent nudge, she thrust me an annoyed look.
“I’m sorry to bother you, but I just wanted you to tell you that it’s very dangerous to keep your cell phone in your bra,” I cautioned her.
Cell-Phone-in-Bra Chick glared at me, as if to say, “Leave me alone. It’s none of your business.”