I could totally go for <insert crave-able sweet and/or salty food here> I’ll just have a “little” to take care of the craving. Sound familiar? Doesn’t sound terrible; however, I guarantee in about a half hour you’ll be headed back to the pantry for more. Not going to solve your hunger issue and really just increase cravings for the things you want to limit in your diet.
My pantry snack of choice that i know I’ve over indulged in? Peanut butter filled pretzels – giant size, from Costco. So salty, so yummy. Some days I’d even step it up a notch and add a handful of dark chocolate chips…..trying not to drool at the moment.
Now I’m not saying NEVER give in to your cravings or indulge, but when it’s a daily habit? That’s when it becomes an issue. All that salt and sugar I’d take in daily I realized was not smart. For one, it was like crack and I just wanted more ( I mean I’ve never done crack…..just assuming. Ha!) When I did cut it down/back I realized that I had less bloating, more energy in the afternoon (when I’d typically eat this stuff) and I really didn’t miss it!
So what do we do to help set ourselves up for success? Here are some thoughts.
1. Get the crap out
You know what it is that could go. Get it out and keep it out for a period of time. Reduce the temptation. Then when you feel the benefits of cutting those foods out add a couple back in. I’d also suggest not buying giant Costco size items 😀
2. Eat (for real!)
Yes, eat. You need to eat every few hours – something healthy preferably containing protein. Do not try to ‘save” your calories for later – doesn’t work. Trust me. Have some cut up fruits and veggies that you love ready to go in your fridge, string cheese, light Greek yogurt, raw almonds or a well balanced snack bar. These chocolate and toffee ones are my fave!
3. Chew gum
Pop a piece of gum, preferably mint. Often times works for me. My go to is Extra Polar Ice.
4. Drink more water
Keeping yourself properly hydrated may lessen impulse cravings. Pro tip: find yourself a fun cup and grab a straw. Drinking through a straw has been proven (by me!) to help you drink more water that without one.
5. Get up and moving
A brisk walk, game of basketball with the kids or even cleaning the bathrooms – just do something. This can help you understand if you’re truly hungry or if it’s a passing craving that in the end you don’t really care about anyway.
6. Do a 7 day cleanse
This is ultimately what worked best for me and the husband. And not one of those $7 run to the bathroom type cleanses. Doesn’t work. We followed one that included whole, real foods with some added supplements. Let me know how I can help you get started!
Was this helpful? Any tips that have worked well for you? I want to know! Leave me a comment below.
with health and happiness – April 😘