We all have food cravings from time to time.
Whether it’s the urge to eat something salty or sweet, giving in to every craving you have can certainly undo your healthy eating or weight loss efforts.
I’ve talked about food cravings in the past, but there are many things that can lead to cravings, such as boredom, emotions, people, even locations and events.
One strategy you can use, is to ask yourself exactly why you want to eat a particular food when you experience a craving.
Perhaps you are home alone, watching television? Maybe you’ve had a difficult day. Perhaps you walked past your favorite bakery on your way home.
Working out why your craving has occurred is absolutely key to stopping it in it’s tracks.
How To Stop Food Cravings
Here are a few more ideas to help you put an end to your foods cravings.
1. Cravings Due To Habit
Cravings due to habit can be particularly strong. So, if you find you can’t walk past a bakery without indulging, you need to take an alternative route to your destination.
Removing the things which tempt you will be key to staying strong and overcoming your cravings.
Don’t underestimate the power of these habits. Where possible, do whatever you can to avoid the situations that lead you astray.
2. Cravings Due To Emotions
Perhaps you find your cravings become particularly strong when you are stressed at work, or life at home is difficult.
Some days you may even find that all you can think about is eating to cure the pain. This can certainly be very difficult to manage, because you can’t always control what goes on around you.
You can, however, deal with your problems head on, rather than bottling things up, or simply hoping they go away.
Many people find journalling to be helpful. Try sitting down to brainstorm ways you can improve what’s going on around you.
You can also try strategies that help you to relax, other than eating. Perhaps taking a long walk, calling a friend, doing some yoga, etc. would help you cope without the need for food.
3. Cravings Due To Hunger
Another very common reason for food cravings it not eating enough, or at least, not eating the correct foods.
I’ve dealt with this before, when I discussed five foods that can help deal with food cravings.
Food cravings can be a natural bodily response to making poor choices, which simply are not satisfying your body’s needs.
So, ask yourself if your diet is balanced? Do you have a source of lean protein, wholegrain carbohydrate, fruit or veg, at each main meal? Do your snacks also contain a little protein for satiety? Are you drinking enough water?
Also ask yourself if you could ease your craving by delving into a big bar of chocolate, or would you be happy eating an apple instead? If an apple wouldn’t suffice, you are just having a craving, so try to overcome it by starting a new task to keep your mind occupied until the craving passes.
If you are, however, truly hungry, to ahead and have a healthy snack. I suggest something like unsalted nuts.
This way you’ll have satisfied your hunger, but you will also feel confident knowing you didn’t derail your days eating plan by choosing an unhealthy option.
How do you deal with food cravings?