Sometimes I get cravings for healthy food like when you just want an apple really bad. That usually happens when I’ve spent a weekend eating crap and drinking my face off in Vegas.
But more often than not my cravings are for not so healthy foods. You with me?
It happens to all of us, we are sitting on the couch and the cookie jar starts calling your name. You try to block it out but it calls to you louder. I’m not going to pretend I don’t give into the cookie jar sometimes, I do. But I have developed some tricks that help me not give into it all the time.
1. Do something!
Often times cravings are simply boredom. You’re bored so you suddenly find yourself standing in front of your pantry with that blank look on your face. Instead of going to the pantry, find something to do! Try going for a walk, reading a book or taking a bubble bath. By the time you busy yourself with something else, you won’t even be craving anything any more.
2. Ask yourself if you’re really hungry
When I feel I want a cookie, I always try to think if I’m truly hungry. I ask myself, do I want an apple or some carrot sticks? If the answer is no, I’m probably not hungry just craving junk.
Then I ask myself how I will feel 10 minutes after I eat a cookie.
Just stopping to think about the reasons you are eating and whether or not you want it can help you turn off the temptation.
3. Look for healthy alternatives
Craving something sweet? Try a healthier alternative. I love apples & peanut butter in the evening when my sweet tooth is in full force. Or if I want something a little more involved I try a greek yogurt cheesecake.
4. Don’t have it in the house
The simplest way to avoid eating junk is to not have it there to eat. Having cookies, cake, chips, etc in the house will only tempt you.
5. Just give in
Some tip eh! I know it’s technically not a tip for beating cravings but sometimes you just can’t or shouldn’t. If you try and substitute for something else you are still left wanting.
Ever wanted a cookie but then had the yogurt instead. You still want the cookie. So you try having a piece of dark chocolate. You still want the cookie. Eventually you eat the cookie. Had you just eaten the cookie in the first place, you would have eaten less calories.
This is where balance and intuitive eating comes in. Once in a while have the cookie but take the time to really enjoy the cookie. Scarfing it down in front of the pantry won’t leave you satisfied but if you take the time to enjoy it, it’s well worth it.