Don’t you just hate those sudden triggers? You know, the ones where all of a sudden you crave something sweet, or just plain greasy? Everyone has those times, but its only you who decides whether to give in to them or not. Whether its to fill you emotional needs, whatever it is there ARE ways to control it! =)
The 10 ways include:
-AVOID YOUR TRIGGERS. You crave what you eat, so if you switch what you’re eating, you can weaken your old cravings and strengthen new ones!
-DESTROY TEMPTATION. If you’ve given in to a craving and bought a box of cookies or some other trigger food and start to feel bad while eating it, destroy it. Don’t just throw it away; run water over it, ruin it. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment that you’ve licked your binge. Don’t think about the money you’re wasting. If the cookies don’t go into the garbage, they’re going straight to your hips.
-GO NUTS. Drink two glasses of water and eat an ounce of nuts (6 walnuts, 12 almonds or 20 peanuts). Within 20 minutes, this can diminish your craving.
-JOLT YOURSELF WITH JAVA. Try sipping a skim latte instead of reaching for a candy bar. The caffeine it contains won’t necessarily satisfy your cravings, but it can save you the calories by quenching your appetite.
-LET IT GO. Since stress is a huge trigger for cravings, learning to deal with it could potentially save you hundreds of calories a day.
-TAKE A POWER NAP. Cravings sneak up when we’re tired. Focus on the fatigue: Shut the door, close your eyes, re-energize.
-GET MINTY FRESH. Brush your teeth; gargle with mouthwash. When you have a fresh clean breath, you wouldn’t want to mess it up!
-DISTRACT YOURSELF. If only ice cream will do, it’s a craving, not hunger. Cravings typically last ten minutes.
-INDULGE YOURSELF—WITHIN LIMITS. Once in a while, it’s OK to go ahead and have that ice cream. But buy a small cone, not a pint. Try 100-calorie CocoaVia chocolate bars and 100-calorie snack packs of cookies, peanuts or pretzel sticks. The trick is to buy only one pack at a time so you won’t be tempted to reach for more.
-PLAN OR AVOID.Vary your usual routine to avoid passing the id.bakery or pizzeria. If you know you’ll be face-to-face with irresistible birthday cake, allocate enough calories to fit it into your diet.