Kicking Cravings

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 very best pal undergo a harrowing breakup story, you ought to be focused on what is happening. But all you can think of is a brownie, or a huge bucket of chips and salsa. Unfortunately we don’t crave things like celery sticks like we do chips or chocolate, but you can learn how to curb your cravings without feeling deprived. There is a way to rethink how you think about food, permitting you to eat less, and feel more fulfilled at the end of it all.

Smarter Snacking – It is unfair that our favorite snacks are the bad boys of food. They are hot, fun, sassy, and your mom warned you about them. And, it may not be your fault. Your appetite for decadent food dates back to caveman times when food was scarce, and high calorie foods were what sustained our ancestors. The lack of food made our own bodies yearn for sustainable foods, and encouraged our own bodies to consume them. Now that we live 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 isn’t scarce. But, 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 are all around us, and don’t need to be indulged in so often. Cavemen did not get the luxury of daily indulgences, but we do have that luxury. In such times, you should be trading down to get a milder version of your craving. If it’s a huge chocolate brownie, have just a square of dark chocolate. Crunchy chips do you in each time? Try carrot sticks and hummus or a Nuisance Wildlife Trapper for a change.

Plan a Splurge – If you have a difficult time saying No to particular foods that you crave, go ahead and have them, but only once per day, or once a week, whatever you can manage. You can look at you watch and say “It’s nearly 4pm! I’m about to have that cup of ice cream!” Or if you know that you have a business party, a birthday party, or a trip planned, give yourself some leeway on those occasions, but hold back on regular days.

Be Aware of the Afternoon Slump – You would not get up and have a bag of potato chips for breakfast, but at 4pm they seem divine, right? After a hard day, your blood glucose is dipping and you don’t have the wherewithal to overcome the temptation to snack. If you are 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.

Don’t make “the cut” – If you opt to swear off all fried foods indefinitely, good for you, that’s a good 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. Have a half a serving of ice cream, chips, fries, wings 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 experiencing a level 10 craving, then you may feel better about it because you won’t have been indulging all week long.

Use your own eyes – If you feel as if you can’t for one more moment using a chocolate chip cookie, then take some time off to peruse the world wide web, catch up on that magazine you’ve been trying to read, return emails to friends that are far away, or organize your photo albums. When you keep your eyes occupied doing something that has been long in your list of things to do, you will feel that craving diminish, and go away entirely. It is just keeping busy. And watching the screen, or paying attention to what year the photos are taken in to put them in the appropriate record, or dog-earing pages in your latest magazine can keep your eyes trained on something. . .something that’s not food. And you’ll get past the craving.

Less is More – If you can not get beyond your craving, take it and move on. If chocolate is the demon, go ahead and give in. However, don’t consume an entire box of Thin Mints. The rich texture and flavor will be more than sufficient to squelch your craving, and you can then move on, and past the craving. You are human, and it’s OK to enjoy your food, even if it is a bit of chocolate.

Pretzel, Baked Goods, Pretzels, CrispyIf you know what your downfalls with meals are, stop fighting them constantly and just accept that you LOVE chips and guacamole, and that is just the way it is. Once you accept that you’ve got a few items of food which you know are dangerous for you, you can keep yourself in check when they are in front of you. Tell yourself that here it is, and you will have some, but not it all. Once you let go of forcing yourself to permanently disdain the foods you love, you’ll be able to control how you eat them. No one but you is making you eat that whole family size serving of chips and guacamole.

 

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