7 Ways to Tackle Your Cravings

You don’t have to be defeated by your food cravings.

It can be tough to stay consistent with healthy eating.

Try one of these tips and you will be in a better position to manage your cravings:

Distract yourself by getting active. Instead of sitting on the couch and talking on your cell phone or watching television, go outside for a 10-minute walk, jump rope, ride your bike, or run up and down the stairs to burn off some extra calories.

Don’t go at it alone. Plan a few days per week to meet with a friend at the park to walk or play. Involve your family by finding an after dinner activity such as playing an active game at home.

Get in tune with the beat. Create a play list or choose a favorite CD that is perfect to exercise to. Mix up the songs using fast and slow beats. Challenge yourself by keep moving for at least 5 songs. Increase the number of songs you can move through daily.

Find an alternative. Instead of eating junk food or desserts, tame your cravings with healthier food options such as fruit, yogurt, raw vegetables, trail mix, or plain popcorn. You can also chew on some sugar-free gum.

Water is your friend. Fill up by drinking a large glass of water at the first sign of craving.

Brush your teeth. Don’t fall into the trap for late-night cravings. Brush your teeth after dinner. You’ll be less likely to cave into unhealthy cravings.

Become self aware. When a craving strikes, ask yourself if you are really hungry. If not, determine where the urge is coming from. Keep track of your cravings with a food journal to tackle the situation.

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