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Fight Those Food Cravings!

Apr 8, 2013

7 Tips to Fighting Cravings:

  1. Delay—Wait at least 15 minutes to see if the craving passes (see number 2!).
  2. Distract yourself—Often times we eat out of boredom, and your brain might just be looking for something to do! Go for a walk around the block, head to the gym, read, vacuum, call and vent to a friend, etc.
  3. Drink water—Many times we are dehydrated, not actually hungry when the hunger pangs strike! Down at least 8 ounces of water, then see how you feel after 15 minutes.
  4. Consider the source—Many times cravings arise from emotional triggers, but don’t let food become your go-to method for coping with negative stressors.
  5. Make a swap—If your craving isn’t specific (many times they aren’t), try having a pickle or a handful of pretzels if you are craving salty and crunchy. If it is sweets that are calling your name, try a piece of fruit, or ONE small square of chocolate.
  6. Snooze it up—Often times, not getting enough sleep each night can cause you to eat more during the day without realizing it.
  7. Just two bites-- If you’re still craving after all of this, have a small bit of whatever it is that you are craving. Studies have shown that we receive the most satisfaction and happiness out of the first two bites, so make that your limit.

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