10 Ways to kick the cravings
As much as I love this beautiful mind of mine, I wish that it would stop trying to get me in trouble. Cravings, cravings, cravings! I have never had a sweet tooth, not for chocolate and not for sugary sweets but when I start Banting, all I could think about was Sugar! It made me realise how many hidden and added sugars there are in our everyday foods. Cravings do pass after a while so here are my 10 top tips to defeat your cravings.
Don’t even think about it
One of the things you need to remember is that it’s all in your head! And the minute you start thinking about food or treats you will tell yourself so many lies just to cheat just to act out on that one single craving.
- “I deserve this!”
- “It’s my reward!”
- “It’s just one cookie how much harm will it do” (suddenly gets possessed by cookie monster and eats a dozen)
- “I’ll be back on track tomorrow like nothing happened.”
Never reward yourself with food. That is one of the worst habits you could ever teach yourself. Will you be back on your diet again tomorrow? NO, you’ll be too busy eating ten other things that you were not supposed to be eating ( Speaking from experience).
Have self-control and be strict with yourself reminder yourself why you’re Banting. Make a list of your goals and stick it to the fridge and anywhere else you can constantly be reminded of what you were trying to achieve.
Get your Beauty sleep
It’s important that you make sure that you get enough sleep. Your brain needs rest after a long day of activity, and if it doesn’t get enough rest, it sometimes mistakes being exhausted for being hungry and can send the wrong signals. Make sure you get plenty of rest and go to bed early to avoid false hunger cravings.
If you haven’t eaten yet you should
Make sure you are eating enough, there is never a reason to starve yourself. If your body is genuinely hungry, you need to eat. So make sure to keep track of your meals and eat at least two meals a day and drink plenty of water. Unsure about how much you are eating? Keep a food diary and log every meal and snack to determine if you are eating enough.
Stay occupied, physically and mentally.
Are you an emotional eater like me? Try to keep yourself calm and stress-free. The best way to do that is to get active and stay occupied. Listen to music, exercise, read a book or take a walk.
Drink more liquids!
Try drinking more fluids. Water is, of course, the best option but if you feel like you drink enough water Tea with coconut milk always helps sooth my gravings.
Try and stay away from foods that you might find hard to ignore when you feel cravings. The bread or the snack section in the store for instance. Make sure to go food shopping after you’ve eaten to avoid slip ups.
Dear diary, today I ate:
Log your meals to determine if your cravings are caused by something you are eating. Change up your meals and enjoy something different from time to time.
Treat yourself to some you time
A lot of us are way too busy worrying about everything and everybody else, but we don’t take time for ourselves. Beight under stress can cause you to crave the “comfort” food. Instead of getting over worked and stressed:
- Going to enjoy a nice massage or facial.
- Watch a movie you’ve been excited to see.
- Enjoy a good book or a magazine something.
- Some lovely bath salt or scented oils added to your bubble bath with candlelight and your favourite music.
- Go for relaxing walk on the beach, local park, forest or even a hike in the mountains!
Focus on your success!
Positive vibes make the thought of cravings crumble. Focus on your goal and positively encourage yourself to not give in to temptation. Feel proud of how far you’ve come. Focus your next goal ahead of you. Remeber splitting your primary goal into smaller goals is easier to achieve than one big goal.
Exercise helps conker those pesky cravings, but it also has loads of other benefits:
- Burns fat
- Stops Cravings
- Helps you shape your body
- Improves your mood
- Relaxing for better sleep
- Helps build self-esteem
- Builds will power, etc.
There are loads of activities you can do that counts as exercise even running around with your kids is a great way to bond with your family and shape up! I prefer swimming as I love the weightless feeling when I’m in the water.
I hope that these tips will help you stay on track and keep you on the waggon.
Know of some more ways to keep those cravings under control? Let me know in the comments below.