Cravings! We all get them! During the morning, the afternoon slump, or at night sometimes, my cravings hit hard. To clarify, this is not a blog post about depriving yourself of your favorite foods because I have learned from many experiences depriving yourself leads to binge eating. Like I have stated before, I am not an expert, and I am still on my path of being at peace with food and body, but I wanted to share some tips that help me with cravings, especially when I have a goal in sight.
- My #1 advice is to eat real food. Eat food with natural ingredients. Remember, the fewer ingredients on the label, the better. Also, try to shoot for natural sugar (none of that yucky added or artificial sugar). Choose a healthier option that emulates what you are craving. For example, if you are craving chips and guacamole instead, try chips and jicama or choose whole-grain chips, sweet potato chips, quinoa chips, etc. There are so many great healthy chip options out there being made from clean ingredients. Another tip: If you are eating chips, popcorn, ice cream, etc., anything that comes in a container or bag that isn’t one serving always put it in a small bowl. The smaller bowl gives the illusion you are eating more, and you are not dipping your hand/spoon in the bottomless hole of snacks. If you serve it to yourself and don’t eat straight out the container, you are much likely not to eat the whole thing (I always struggle with pints of ice cream lol)
- Flip it. You can do this with anything, even your regular meals. If you want a bowl of ice cream with fruit instead, have a bowl of fruit with a scoop of ice cream. You are still getting what you are craving just in a smarter way.
- I’ve read a lot of the time when powerful cravings hit it is secretly because we are dehydrated or just thirsty. Try having a glass of cold water with lemon. Or, if my cravings come hard before bed, I like to have hot tea or sparkling water.
- Take a walk. Walking helps to distract your mind from what you’re craving (and it’s good for you). A lot of the time, cravings are short-lived and pass with time, so if you distract yourself, it will likely go away.
- Chew gum. This helps me with my mid-day cravings when I’m at work in the afternoon. I think because it makes me feel like I’m eating.
- Lastly, eat it! Most people, when they are craving something, try to block out the cravings by eating healthier foods, but then this doesn’t help, and they eventually end up eating what they are craving. This accumulates to more calories than it would be if you just had eaten what you wanted in the first place. If you give in to your cravings sometimes, it will satisfy you, and you will be less likely to binge eat later. So, go get a scoop of ice cream with your friend, have those pieces of chocolate after a long workday, or get that side of french fries. Just do everything in moderation, and you will be just fine! XO
“Create healthy habits not restrictions”