After yesterday’s love fest, how about we get things back on track with a health and wellness type post? That’s what I feel like doing! I bet a few of you out there hope to get your own personal healthy habits back on track, too. While I didn’t partake in the chocolates, candies, and decadent desserts associated with Valentine’s Day, I 100% understand those of you that did. I have my share of occasions that involve such treats. I may have a bit of a sweet tooth. And by may, I really mean undeniably.
I don’t believe in denying that part of myself. However, I also know that I can’t give into cravings every single time they spark. Then, I would end up having Dairy Queen blizzards or cake with gobs of frosting on a daily basis. Not exactly quality fuel for all that marathon training.
I know from experience that my cravings seem strongest after a little indulgence. So since we all had chocolate on the brain yesterday, I figured today would be the perfect opportunity to share some of my personal tactics to overcoming cravings. Because at times you do just have to say “NO”.
Is it genuine hunger? When I have some sort of craving, I first determine if it stems from genuine hunger. I believe in fueling our bodies and sometimes our cravings signal a need for fuel. I ask myself the following:
- When did I last eat? 30 minutes ago or 3 hours ago?
- What was the size of my meal? How long does a similar meal tend to hold me over?
- Have I been more active today? Do I need more fuel for anything?
- Am I feeling any emotions that could trigger this craving? Tired? Stressed? Bored? Angry? Sad?
- Does an apple sound good? << The “apple trick” claims that if a healthy food item sounds just as appealing as a bowl of ice cream, then you’re likely truly hungry.
If it turns out that I’m due to eat something, then I do. I just shoot to make a healthier choice.
If I realize I’m simply craving to crave, then I go to my plan of attack.
My Go-To Methods To Stop Cravngs
- Remove the trigger. It seems so obvious, but it can be the hardest to do. Remove yourself from whatever is triggering the craving or urge to eat when not hungry. Leave the kitchen. Get off Pinterest. Turn off the Food Network’s Cupcake Marathon.
- Drink water. Dehydration can mask itself as hunger, so drink up!
- Chew gum. A lot of times my mouth just wants something to do…so gum for the win!
- Clean. I strive to keep my hands busy and cleaning is the perfect way for me to do that.
- Work. I love my work, so I can quickly get lost in the vortex of emails and workout ideas to help distract me from the vortex of sugar.
- Journal. A lot of my cravings come from things like stress or fatigue. Taking a moment to reflect on the cause of my cravings through writing out my thoughts will help flush them away more often than not.
- Food journal. I don’t meticulously track my meals anymore, but I know in the past having to report handful after handful of cereal I was eating out of boredom would make me think twice.
- Get a small portion. If I’m really unable to let the craving go and nothing else will satisfy me, I choose to have a reasonable portion. I would much rather have and enjoy one cookie from the batch I baked for a party than an entire dozen from the store because I couldn’t get the cookies off my mind. Sometimes you have to say “NO” to nourish your body well…but sometimes you should say yes. In a mindful, balanced way. Then, enjoy each bite. Guilt free.
Cravings. No big deal. You got this!
What things trigger cravings the most for you? How do you combat cravings?
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