10 Tips to manage cravings

10 Tips to Manage Food Cravings

1. Eat consistently.

  1. To manage your blood sugar and appetite, be sure to eat 5-6 small meals or snacks every 2-3 hours throughout the day. Keep healthy snacks on hand at all times. Some healthy snack ideas include:

     

    • Fruit
    • Vegetables
    • Protein Shake or Protein Bar
    • Skim Milk
    • Beef Jerky
    • Nuts
    • Low Sodium V8
    • Whole Grain Cracker
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    • 2. Drink a gallon of water.
  2. You will be able to keep your appetite at bay by drinking water all day long. Water also has a weird way of killing cravings.
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  4. 3.Eat a dill pickle.

  5. When I was 17 I asked a bodybuilder named Ted how he keeps from eating junk all day long. He tells me that the smell of dill pickles curbs his cravings for anything sweet or salty. So I ask him if he sniffs a pickle when he gets hungry. He replies to me, “No. I eat the pickle.”

    Eat the pickle!

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  7. 4.Postpone your treat. 

  8. When the craving hits you, you can set a goal and make that craving a reward for accomplishing your goal. It can be something as easy as waiting 1 day. “If I can resist my craving for 24 hours, I will reward myself with a small serving.”

     

    Sometimes by delaying the craving, it will go away entirely and you can skip the cheat altogether.

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  10. 5. Give in to your craving but observe moderation. 
    Whatever it is that you are craving, eat it. But only eat a small portion. Recognize before you even take your first bite that you have to stop after half a serving or so. Basically if you are craving chocolate, just eat half the bar instead of the whole thing.

     

    One trick you can try, is to put whatever you are eating into a small bowl, cup, or plastic bag. This will keep you from eating a whole box of Cheese-Its in one sitting. I have used this tip to great success all throughout my 20s.

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  12. 6. Snacking is not so bad.
    Most diet plans and even the USDA say that snacking is not always bad. You should be allowed 200-300 calories a day to eat whatever you want. This is not an invitation to suck down 50 grams of sugar all in one shot, but it should provide enough flexibility to eat that half bar of chocolate, one slice of pizza, a small bag of Sun Chips, or whatever it is that you are pining for.
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  14. 7. Supplement with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
    This will keep your body from randomly craving certain nutrients that can sometimes be found in foods that are not good for us. Chocolate is famous for this.

     

    • Vitamins and minerals:

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    • Acai berries have far more antioxidants than any other fruit. Even more than blueberries! Besides that, the nutrients in acai helps many other diseases and maladies, from diabetes to arthritis to blood clotting. Acai has great anti-aging benefits, will cleanse and detoxify you, and has destroyed cancer cells in recent studies. It really is a worthwhile antioxidant supplement to add to your daily nutrition.

      Acai can also be a great weight loss aid. The berry’s natural concoction of essential fatty acids, fiber, phytosterols and amino acids work together to help your body burn fat more efficiently, process food more quickly and shed the unwanted pounds that you’d like to lose.

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  15. 8. Try to find the healthiest form of your craving.
    If you crave chocolate, choose dark chocolate, which has a number of antioxidants. If you crave crackers, choose a dip that contains vegetables or olives. You might choose some nice frozen yogurt over ice cream, although frozen yogurt typically contains more sugar. Satiate your sweet tooth by topping something with honey.
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  17. 9. Keep a food log.
  18. Write down the names and quantities of each food you eat throughout the day. If you are real ambitious you can also write down the number of calories, protein, fats, carbs, sugar, etc… Whatever interests you most. You can also record your mood and daily activities for a more complete lifestyle analysis. When it comes to combating cravings, there are two benefits to keeping a food log:

     

    1. You can check previous days for similar cravings and possible figure out why you are craving a certain food. Analyzing such factors as hunger, boredom, stress, lack of fruit, and lack of veggies, might indicate to you why you are feeling the craving.
    2. Reading back through all the instances where you indulged in your cravings might spur you to ignore it or postpone it this time. Remember that moderation is key.
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    4. 10. Use some old fashioned willpower.
  19. Seriously sometimes when it comes down to the final straw, you need to show your metal. If you are craving sweets and you see a big piece of cake, just say no. Utilizing all these tips will definitely help you, but you still need to display some sort of motivation to git ‘er done.

The idea is to live with your cravings and not let them control you, but to also listen to your body and try to understand why you are experiencing cravings. These tips should help you save several hundred calories a week if you apply them to your daily diet strategy right away.


 

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