“When you don’t get enough daylight, you produce less serotonin,” says Barbara Olendzki, a registered dietitian at the University of Massachusetts–Worcester. And what do you know? Low levels of serotonin have a direct correlation with food cravings.
Thankfully, we don't have to wage war on winter and delicious lattes alone. No, my friends, we have yoga to help us fight that battle.
"Cravings and addictions have to do with not being in the present moment and often not wanting to be," says Tara Stiles, founder of Strala Yoga in New York City, in an article published on MindBodyGreen.com. "Yoga is all about being in the present moment and paying attention to what is going on with you, right now. Dealing with it is more useful in healing addictions and facing cravings than mindlessly masking our feelings with food, drugs or alcohol."
Since yoga focuses on regular, deep breathing and meditation, it helps you still your mind and locate the emotion or circumstance responsible for causing your craving. This practice allows you to have a deeper connection with your body, ultimately enabling you to fight off those bad cravings and opt for healthier choices instead.
So go ahead and slowly unclench your fingers, releasing any tension in the hands and possible sadness in the face, and put that cookie back where you found it (or better yet — the trashcan), and indulge in a few of these yummy yoga poses instead.
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