If you are sitting in a very important meeting, glued to the TV for this weeks episode of Grey’s Anatomy, or listening to your best pal go through a harrowing breakup story, you should be focused on what’s going on. But all you can think of is a brownie, or a big bucket of chips and salsa. Unfortunately we do not crave things like celery sticks like we do chocolate or chips, but you can learn how to curb your cravings without feeling deprived. There’s a way to rethink how you think about food, permitting you to eat less, and feel more satisfied at the end of everything.
Smarter Snacking – it’s unfair that our favorite snacks are the bad boys of meals. They’re sexy, fun, sassy, and your mother warned you about them. And, it may not be your fault. The scarcity of food made our own bodies yearn for sustainable foods, and encouraged our bodies to consume them. Now that we are living in an age of a fast food joint on every corner, happy hour Monday through Friday and date nights full of steak and champagne, food is not scarce. However, out history has determined that we still want and need high calorie meals, although we do not need them to live any longer, since they’re all around us and don’t need to be indulged in so often. Fatty, salty and sweet foods were life sustaining, and eating them kept our ancestors alive. In such instances, you should be trading down to get a lighter version of your craving. If it is a huge chocolate brownie, have just a square of dark chocolate. Crunchy chips do you in each moment?
Plan a Splurge – If you’ve got a difficult time saying No to certain foods that you crave, go ahead and have them, but just once a day, or once a week, whatever you can manage. You can look at you see and say “It’s nearly 4pm! I am going to have that cup of ice cream!” Or if you know that you have a business party, a birthday celebration, or a trip planned, give yourself some leeway on those events, but hold back on regular days.
Know about the Afternoon Slump – You wouldn’t get up and have a bag of potato chips for breakfast, but at 4pm, they sound divine, right? After a hard day, your blood glucose is dipping and you don’t have the wherewithal to overcome the urge to snack. If you’re really hungry, go for a healthy snack like a piece of fruit, which has natural sugars which should appease your craving. If you really are not that hungry, pop in a mint, it will refresh you and prevent you from digging into that bag of chips.
Do not make “the cut” – should you decide to swear off all fried food forever, good for you, that is a fantastic idea. But, if you are enticed with a serving of French fries or Buffalo wings, then you might ditch your reserve and go completely overboard. Instead, promise yourself that you will cut down, and take whatever your poison and cut in it half. Have a half a serving of ice cream, chips, Possum Removal Cost, chips or potato skins, whatever it is. That way you’re not completely depriving yourself, and will have the willpower to say No when you really don’t crave these foods. And if you are having a level 10 craving, you may feel better about it because you won’t have been indulging all week long.
Use your eyes – If you feel as if you cannot for one more minute using a chocolate chip cookie, take some time off to peruse the internet, catch up on that magazine you’ve been trying to read, return emails to friends which are far away, or organize your photo albums. When you keep your eyes busy doing something that’s been long on your list of things to do, you will feel that craving drop, and go away entirely. It is just keeping busy. And watching the screen, or paying attention to what year the photographs are taken into put them in the appropriate album, or dog-earing pages in your latest magazine can keep your eyes trained on something. . .something that is not food. And you will get past the craving.
Less is More – If you can not get beyond your craving, accept it and move on. If chocolate is the demon, go ahead and give in. But, don’t eat an entire box of Thin Mints. Have one decadent piece of chocolate, like a Raspberry and Chocolate Truffle. The rich texture and flavor will be more than sufficient to squelch your craving, and you can then move on, and beyond the craving. You are human, and it’s OK to enjoy your food, even if it is a piece of chocolate.
Come to an Agreement – You know yourself better than anyone else. If you know what your downfalls with food are, stop fighting them and just accept that you LOVE chips and guacamole, and that’s just the way it is. Once you accept that you have a few items of food that you know are harmful for you, you can keep yourself in check when they’re in front of you. Tell yourself that here it is, and you will have some, but not all of it. Once you let go of forcing yourself to permanently disdain the foods you love, you’ll have the ability to control the way you eat them. No one but you is making you eat that entire family size serving of chips and guacamole.
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