How to Control Food Cravings
There are a few things you can do to battle any sort of craving. A little later, we will tackle specific cravings if you are prone to repeats. To reduce cravings, though try a few of these simple techniques…
1. Sit on it. When your craving strikes, it can be easy to reach for what you are longing for to get rid of the uncomfortable feelings, but don’t give in right away. “Learn to de-stress on the spot with ‘urge surfing’,” advises Hartley. “When a craving starts, picture the urges as waves that grow in intensity before they crash. Breathe calmly, deeply and intentionally while observing your thoughts and feelings without judgment until they pass. And then bask in the glow of your success, give thanks, and process your feelings and environmental circumstances that led up to the craving.”
2. Get up and moving. Leave the environment you are in and get your blood pumping. Whether you get in a good sweaty workout or simply go for a walk, getting endorphins from physical activity instead of a lustful food has two pronged benefits: exercise is great for your figure, and you are building healthy relationships with food by avoiding relying on food to get your feel good buzz on.
3. Distract your brain. If physical activity isn’t an option for whatever reason, play a game of Words with Friends, do a puzzle, watch some funny YouTube videos or do anything that preoccupies your mind. Even if it’s just a few minutes, it’ll help to distract you from your food craving or whatever emotion is lurking under the surface.
4. Give in a little. If you surfed your urge, ran a 5k and did a 1,000,000 piece puzzle, but you still can’t shake the visions of gummy bears dancing in your head, eat a dang bear or five. Making room in your diet for a favorite treat once in a while can actually help you resist the urge to overindulge on them if you deprive yourself over an extended period of time. Remember, all good things in moderation!