We all experience food cravings from time to time. It’s whether we give in or not that matters, and it’s what will make us stronger! Check out these ways to stomp out your food cravings!
The first thing you can do when you get a craving is just wait, the craving will go away. Go for a walk, get your mind on something else. Keep your hands busy, try knitting or writing a letter to someone, or try chewing a piece of gum. It’s also important to make sure you are eating regularly. You can also try and find a healthier alternative like these:
- If you are craving sugar, instead of grabbing a donut, try a piece of fruit. You will still get some sugar but in a much healthier way. Keep fruits prepared and close at hand to banish your sugar craving.
- If you are craving something salty try shelled sunflower seeds or pistachios. Nuts and seeds are high in nutrients and will satisfy the salt craving without the guilt. Salty foods lead to bloat! Keep tabs on how much processed foods you are eating. Processed food contains a lot of sodium. The more salt we eat, the more we tend to crave.
- For satisfying your chocolate craving try dark chocolate, just don’t go overboard! You could also try a glass of chocolate almond milk, or fat-free jello pudding snacks. You can also try my Chocolate Protein Bites to satisfy your craving while getting some protein AND fibre!
- Fast Food cravings are always my downfall. I am in the beginning stages of breaking my fast food addiction. For me, convenience is what lures me to the drive thru. Lately my mom and I have been taking one day every two weeks to do a huge cooking day where we make our own pizzas, casseroles, lasagnas, meatballs, and meatloafs and freezing them. Now it is easy to throw something in the oven on a busy day, and then we add a side salad with it. We also control what goes into the food so we can use whole wheat noodles, home made tomato sauces, and chicken instead of ground beef.
If you are completely cutting something out of your diet (sugar, salt, caffeine, etc.) you should expect some withdrawal symptoms. After a few days of no caffeine, or no salt, I have experienced headaches for a couple days.
You can begin to help yourself get over these cravings by not bringing any of your naughty cravings into the house. Don’t by a bag of chips if you will sit and eat the whole thing. Make sure you keep healthy foods handy. Prepare cut up carrots and celery that you can snack on when you feel a craving coming on.
What foods do you crave?