Mother of All problems: Curb that Food Craving
Posted in: DIET
Who doesn’t love to an extra slice of cake? But let’s face it. Sometimes, we tend to eat just because we are bored. Food cravings are normal and often psychological. It is not good for your overall health and most so for your diet. Try these simple tips and bid cravings good-bye.
Start your day with a hearty breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Always start your day with a healthy and balanced breakfast. Get your daily dose of proteins, carbohydrates and fibre. If you are satisfied, full and energised for the day, you will less likely encounter cravings.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
One of the best ways to control cravings is to take the triggers away from your sight. The less you see it, the less you will get tempted to curb into a craving. If you are used to having junk foods ready in your kitchen, try to do some cleaning and replace it with healthier alternative. That way, you will slowly diminish the craving and switch to a healthier eating habit. Win-win!
Dehydration often leads to salty food craving. For this kind of craving, the answer is pretty obvious. Take 1-2 glasses of water. Water has a way of making you feel full and this will take away your food cravings. Make sure to have a bottle of water with you wherever you go. You will not only beat craving, it’s good for your over-all health too!
Have a cup of coffee
Caffeine is known to inhibit appetite. Next time you feel like grabbing a bar of chocolate, try to sip a cup of coffee instead. It’ll not satisfy your craving, but it’ll inhibit your appetite. Make sure to limit your coffee into one to two cups a day only, just enough to keep your energy level up.
Plan your meals
Plan your meals in a smart way. Instead of having three big meals a day, try to divide it into five small meals. Small frequent feeding is one of the best ways to control your food intake. You’ll less likely to get hungry and there will be a less chance for you to crave.
Take a power nap
If your cravings show on a weekend when you’re home, try to take a power nap. Cravings are most likely to show up when you are tired. Try to solve the root of the problem by taking a power nap instead. You’ll wake up sans cravings and feeling energised.
Another effective way to control cravings is to distract your self. Switch your focus and do something that you know you’ll enjoy. Paint your nails, go for a run, anything that interests you that is not related to you food will be perfect!
Take a different route
Planning your activities before hand will help you see if there will be temptations coming your way. Try going on a different route, if you usually pass by the cake shop before going home. If you’re going to a party tomorrow night, allocate calories on your diet.
Brush your teeth or chew a gum
Sudden midnight cravings? Haven’t we all had those? Is the bag of chips calling your name? Go and brush your teeth instead. Once your mouth is clean, you wouldn't want to spoil it. If you’re outside or at work, chew a sugarless mint gum instead. It will give you the same psychological effect as brushing your teeth.
Indulge once in a while
This is probably one of the most important points that you should remember. Try to indulge once in a while. Set a particular day in a week where you can eat some chocolates. Let’s say every Sunday. You can also try the method called Three-bite system, wherein you can only take three bites of dessert. This way, you satisfy a craving without going overboard and not feeling guilty! By not being too hard on yourself, you’ll be able to control your cravings more effectively.
You are definitely capable of controlling your food cravings. It’s all about discipline and having a goal. Next time you feel like grabbing that chocolate bar, try some of these tips! Good luck!
MYC Writer: Charmaine PioquintoSubscribe to UpdatesRelated Articles