Do you want to stop eating unhealthy, tempting foods? Well if you do, this article will tell you how to overcome food cravings, easily.
1. Determine your naughty food. Identify the foods you don’t want to or should not be eating for nutritional, diet, health, religious, or other reasons but you’re indulging in anyway. Some examples that commonly apply include:
- Fat-laden dishes.
- Fast food on a regular basis, such as fries, burgers, hot dogs, fried anything, etc.
- Chocolate and candies.
- Pastries, cakes, cookies, doughnuts, and other baked goods.
- Sugary breakfast cereals.
- Foods that seem to impact your complexion or your energy levels poorly.
2. Hurdle the barriers in small steps. If you can stop eating chocolate for one day, you can do it for two days. Keep a tally and record how long you have been without the food you wish to stop eating, and ensure you increase how long you are without each time.
- For example, if you go 4 days without chocolate, make sure you go 5 days the next time. In this way, all you need to do is start on something as small as half a day, and that’s easy enough, right?
3. Drink lots of water. This will just make you less hungry, and gives you plenty of energy that you may rely on your food addiction for.
4. Have some caffeine. It can help you get through the day without any high-calorie pick-me-ups. It won’t solve your bigger issue of chronic sleep loss, but it’s a good short-term fix until you get back on track.
5. Eat a healthy breakfast every morning. The food you eat in the morning will most likely be burned off by the end of the day, so eat a nice breakfast so that you don’t get as hungry later in the day.
6. Eat regularly and in small amounts. Aim to eat regular, small-sized meals throughout the day that are low in or devoid of sugar. This will help to maintain your blood sugar at an even level and prevent craving spikes.
- Avoid refined carbohydratesas much as possible. As delicious as they are, they stimulate cravings by making your blood sugar spike and then drop dramatically
7. Eat alternatives. You can even carry around alternatives to help if you get a food craving. A low calorie or sugar free alternative is gum! Not only does it come in many flavors, but it can keep you preoccupied for hours. An apple is also handy to munch on to keep you busy – even better!
8. Do not shop when you’re hungry. You’re more likely to add tempting unhealthy foods to the basket when you’re hungry.
9. Take yourself away from the food. If you are living alone this is easiest. Just don’t buy it! Don’t carry spare cash for snacking when out, and don’t even look at the section in the supermarket. This makes it so much easier. If you live with other people, just don’t be around them when they start to eat tempting food. Easy!
10. Think about all of the negatives involved. If you’re trying to kick a habit, then there must be a reason. Use that reason to keep inspiring you to not give in.
11. Be aware of the benefits. Do you feel better? Do you feel more energized? Are you losing weight? These good things will work as incentives to keep it up.
12. Put it away. When you crave something that is out on the counter or near by, just put in away in the cabinet where you cannot see it.
13. Exercise. Exercise can balance blood sugar levels and ease your digestion. Do an easy walk after meals to help relieve the food cravings. Do a sport or physical activity that you love.
14. Get minty fresh. Brush your teeth; gargle with mouthwash. “When you have a fresh, clean mouth, you don’t want to mess it up,” says Molly Gee, RD, of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
15. Face the emotional triggers. If any of your triggers are emotional ones, including stress, resentment, rebelliousness, or even laziness, it won’t be as simple as finding substitutes, halving proportions and wishing yourself free of the cravings. You’ll need support to work on the underlying emotional reasons. This might be by way of counseling or therapy, or through reading widely on overcoming your emotional issues and learning to engage your emotions more constructively. If you’re suffering from stress, it’s really important to learn the many ways possible to reduce stress that are far more effective than filling your unhappiness with poor quality food.
- Learn to relax. Inhale deeply and practice deep breathing.
- Move away from the situation that is distressing you. Going for a walk can remove you from the problem instantly and give you a chance to think things over rather than eating your way into more misery.
16. Distract yourself. Go for a walk, play with your pet, etc. You’ll forget about the food craving.
17. If you can’t even go a day by doing these things, then do something drastic for a day. Or, make a good friend stalk you for a day and make sure you keep in line. After you finally make one day out of some bizarre scheme (everyone can do it), start your tally. You’ll be so happy with yourself that you may automatically go another day, but once you know you can, there’s nothing to stop you.