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Health Resource Center tour

Welcome to Griffin Hospital's Community Health Resource Center

The Community Health Resource Center (HRC) at Griffin Hospital is a traditional free lending library that provides an array of medical and health information. The HRC contains a collection of easy-to-read health and lifestyle related materials for patients and their families to become better informed and make more educated decisions about the various treatment options available to them.

COVID-19 Temporary Hours

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Resource Center is temporarily closed to visitors.

We apologize for any inconvenience - we will update our hours when precaution policies have changed.

Online Resource Searches

Search the Library Catalog from Your Computer

Our online catalog is the modern day version of the "card catalog" and is a quick and easy way to search our online resource database to see what books, journals and magazines are available at the HRC. Books may be borrowed for 4 weeks; journals and magazines must be viewed on site. Click the button to search the online catalog.

Search Our Online Health Library

We have a resource here for you to answer almost all of your questions - whether you're wondering about a disease, a treatment, a subject, and more. DISCLAIMER: This Health Library is for educational purposes only and does not necessarily reflect the services provided by this practice/facility. Click the button to start searching. You can also click here to view the Polish database.

Ask a Consumer Health Librarian

Conditions & Treatments Digest
Health information for patients and consumers - covering different conditions, treatments, and specialties.

How to Blunt Unhealthy Food Cravings

For many healthy eaters, our greatest nemesis is food cravings. The seemingly insurmountable desire for something very specific (and usually very unhealthy) is more than normal hunger.  Some research shows that these strong yearnings are linked to habits, hormones, and emotions. 
Cravings differ from person to person, but the foods that usually cause us to blow are clean eating habits are processed and full of salt, chemicals, fat, and sugar. It’s because of these cravings that many of us struggle with losing weight and keeping it off.
But you don’t have to be at the mercy of your cravings for salty snacks or sweets. Here are some simple ways to help curb or stop cravings for unhealthy foods.
Drink water - When you feel a craving coming on, drink a tall glass of water and wait. Within a few minutes you’ll notice that craving start to disappear and you’ll realize that your body was simply thirsty, not hungry. An additional benefit to keep in mind: Drinking plenty of water daily provides many health benefits like curbing your appetite and possible weight loss.
Increase protein intake - Eating more protein will help you feel full longer, curb your appetite, and send those cravings away. A high protein breakfast will greatly reduce your cravings throughout the day. It may also help reduce the craving to snack late at night.
Redirect from the craving - As the feeling of a craving starts, try to distract yourself. Go outside for a walk, do a house project, jump in the shower. Redirect your focus toward something other than the craving. Changing your focus or surroundings will help stop the craving.
Meal prepping or planning - This may take a little discipline and effort but will be worth it. By planning or preparing your meals in advance, you will know what you’re eating for the week, eliminating a spontaneous bad decision because you were starving after work. Knowing what you’re going to eat ahead of time can circumvent a craving.
Sleep - Cravings and appetite are greatly impacted by hormones, primarily leptin and ghrelin. Lack of sleep causes these hormones to fluctuate, which then increases appetite. It also decreases feelings of fullness and satiety after eating. In short, not getting enough sleep may give you a larger appetite and strong cravings—especially for carbohydrates and sugar. The bottom line: Make sure to get a good night’s sleep to prevent those cravings from creeping up.
Eat balanced meals - Being overly hungry after skipping meals or eating a diet low in nutrients can cause strong cravings. It’s important to eat well-balanced, nutritious meals. Your body will receive the nutrients it needs, and you’ll feel more satisfied, eliminating those cravings. If you still feel the need to snack, go for something healthy like raw nuts, veggies, or fruit. Give your body what it needs.
We all have cravings and they occur on a regular basis. They are a major influence in weight gain, food addiction, and binge eating. Being aware of your cravings and their triggers makes it much easier to avoid them.

If you're providing care for a loved one, we've put together a set of videos that can help you understand everything involved.
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