The sudden urge to have your favorite food makes us leave our diet behind and go in search for it. “Hey, it is only one day. I will start dieting tomorrow,” you say. Three days go by and then the urge for sugary, starchy, and unhealthy food strikes again.
Oh, boy, there goes your diet, out the window, again! If this keeps happening, you need to learn how to control your cravings so you don’t stray away from your diet again. Here are five ways to stay healthy and fight your cravings:
1. Do You Really Need to Eat the Food You’re Thinking Of?
When your favorite food pops up in your head, ask yourself these four questions:
- Am I really hungry?
- Will this food provide my body with nutrients and vitamins it needs to function properly?
- Is this the correct portion size? (Even if you are eating a healthy snack, the right portion still matters)
- Can I choose a different food that is more healthier than what I am thinking of?
2. Cancel Your Favorite Food Thought with a Healthier Food Thought
When an image of your favorite food that is not good for you pops into your head, replace it with an image of a healthier food. Even though this may not work for everyone, there is no harm in trying, as you never know, it may just end up working for you. If you can’t visualize, put pictures of healthier foods on your fridge or make a folder of them so when the next time you feel like eating an unhealthy food, you can look at the pictures of healthy foods and kick those cravings goodbye.
3. Busy Yourself with Something Else
When you are sitting idle, you will begin to crave for your favorite food. Therefore, it is better to busy yourself with other things and not give those cravings even a chance to pop into your head. You can talk on the phone, clean your house, go on the internet, play with your pets, if you have any, go on the internet, or better yet, exercise!
4. Establish a Time When You Can Snack on Your Favorite Food
Now, we’re not that mean. We’re not telling you to distance yourself from your favorite food for the rest of your lives. You can still eat your favorite food, but at a specific time. You can establish a place and time to eat it instead of eating it at random times of the day.
5. Buy Your Favorite Food in Small Quantities
As we said earlier, we’re not that mean. You can stock up your favorite food, but not too much of it. Buy your favorite food in small quantities. If you buy more of your favorite food, you will end up eating more of it. For instance, do not buy a dozen brownies, but buy two brownies. Doing this will prevent you from overeating.
Even with these tips, stopping your cravings requires effort. Make an effort to make these tips a part of your daily life to keep those cravings at bay!