Wednesday

How to Beat Your Cravings

We have all been there...You're in your kitchen eating everything in sight and you still don't feel satisfied.  One sweet treat turns into five or ten sweet treats and leaves you feeling guilty which prompts you to eat more and the cycle continues. 

Here are some ways to beat your cravings that actually work!
  • Start drinking... lots of water, and tea.   A lot of time we are just thirsty, so before you give into your craving drink as much water as possible or try drinking tea.  I usually end my night with a cup of green tea and some soy milk which fills me up and prevents me from eating sugar.
  • Plan your meals and snacks.  If you have something healthy to eat and you are serious about your health then you will most likely stick to your planned meals and snacks.  It's when we don't plan ahead and we are starving; that we reach for crappy food.
  • Chew some gum.  Chewing on something sweet, like gum will help to keep your mouth busy while your craving passes.
  • Brush your teeth when you are done eating your meals, so you don't snack on junk when you are already full.
  • Be honest with yourself...If you buy crap food and pretend that you are not going to eat it then you are lying to yourself.  Do not sabotage all your hard work.  Keep junk food out of your house and out of your body. 
  • Our habits play a huge role in our cravings.  You know yourself better than anyone, so stay away from the things that trigger you to crave, or overeat.   I know that if I eat fake sugars (equal, splendid, sweet-n-low) that I will later crave real sugar and lots of it.  I try to sweeten my foods naturally with Agave Nectar, or honey instead.
  • Find a healthy alternative.  Try Greek Yogurt with fresh berries, or a couple of ounces of melted dark chocolate and a banana.  Berries always seems to satisfy my cravings for sweets.
  • Get busy...call a friend, go for a walk, read PLF Posts, and distract yourself.  Most cravings last around 5-10 minutes, so wait it out.
  • Keep a food journal.  Food journals help to keep you on track and aware of what's going into your body.  You will be less likely to grab five cookies if you are writing down each cookie, along with the calories.
PLF Daily Tip:  Look at the bigger picture when dealing with cravings.  Giving into your cravings and eating junk food will only satisfy you for a few minutes and then you will be left feeling guilty and miserable.  Calories do count, so choose to eat healthy.  With every single healthy choice you make, you are choosing a healthier, happier you.

3 comments:

  1. I love this post! Eating is my weakness, although I eat healthy 95% of the time, that other 5% creeps up on me & I hate it! These tips are awesome, I totally plan on using them!

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  2. I am new here from Love Stitched. I have been overweight my WHOLE entire life and right now I weigh over 300 lbs. I have tried every.single.year to lose weight and nothing has ever worked for me. I always feel like my addiction to food takes over and I never get anything accomplished. I joined weight watchers a few weeks ago and i lost at first but last week I gained more than half back. I do have a thyroid problem and I have not been on my medication so I'm guessing that played a part in my gain. I feel like a failure. I can feel this being one of those many times when "it didnt work again." I want more than anything in the world to lose weight and be thin, happy and healthy. I am trying to stay motivated but I feel like I have so much weight to lose, that it will never happen for me. It's my dream to be at my goal weight. I dont know why I can't get motivated to fulfill my dream. I am only 23 and I dont know what its like to live life. I have a one year old son and Im terrified that he will be embarrassed of me for being fat. I dont want my child to be ashamed of me. I want to be able to run around and enjoy life with him. I feel like Im failing him. He deserves a better mom than me.

    When I read this, "Giving into your cravings and eating junk food will only satisfy you for a few minutes and then you will be left feeling guilty and miserable." It really resonated with me. I try to think about the long term benefits but then I let the food cravings take over my mind and I over indulge myself. I am going to start reading this blog for more tips in hopes that it will help me stay motivated. Thank you for caring.

    -Caitlin

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