I've noticed that after a good workout, when I am suddenly "craving" some junk food like ice cream or something cheese-y etc, if I take a moment to think about what is in the food that might be soothed with a healthier substitute. For ice cream, I usually find a small container of Greek yogurt with fruits or some nuts satisfy my craving and give me good nutrients for my muscles after the workout.
I remind myself "What I REALLY want matters more than what I want right NOW."
When I have a terrible craving, I tell myself I can have it in 15 minutes if I really still want it. In the mean time, I drink water and consider if there might be an emotional trigger to the craving. If so, I try to deal with the feelings first. Most of the time, I forget about the craving or it becomes less intense so I can deal with it without overindulging. Sometimes I decide to eat the treat, but if I do, I know I made a conscience decision I can live with, not an impulsive one.
I found these amazing thin chocolate cookies called World Table Chocolate Cookie Thins at my grocery store. The serving size is 7 cookies and it's only 130 calories. They melt in your mouth and if you eat them slowly they will kill ANY chocolate urge!! They're not a diet food so they don't have that crappy diet chocolate taste either :)
Sometimes I just have to have that sweet candy, especially the seasonal - Spice drops, candy corn, jelly beans, mini chocolate eggs, etc. I put a serving in a container and leave it on the kitchen counter and allow myself just one piece each time I go to the kitchen. This way I know I really want it rather than eating it mindlessly, plus I burn a couple calories before I eat it.
To bypass the deprivation feeling of 'dieting', my focus is not to focus on how few calories I consume, but rather what healthy foods I 'add to' my diet, as I increase consumption of healthy foods and allowing my body to then start craving those foods that catapult me to healthy living success.
We all have them--and when we succumb to our food cravings, we often overindulge. It is sometimes a stumbling block that leads us to binge eating, deflated motivation, and problem that can get us off track from reaching our goals.
Whenever i ate only healthy food the whole day and i come back from work i need sweeties. Even if i resist the feeling for 3 or more ours in the evening i cant hold it no longer.
This is a very simple tip, easy to use. When I'm out and about and I get a bad craving for fast food and feel as though I can't say no to it I always remind myself that a Taco Bell meal might only be $5 but that's almost an hour of work for me. Do I really want to give Taco Bell and hour of my life for food that isn't even nutritious?
There are a number of foods I have trouble eating just one of, and most of them are exceedingly unhealthy. It's much easier to resist my cravings for chips, cookies, and other high-ticket foods when they aren't even in my home!
Plan you menus. How many calories, protein, carbohydrates, and fats do you need for each day?
Freeze your favorite chocolate that way when you choose to indulge it will last a little longer as well as be much more satisfying!!! Give it a try...you may just find that you desire and need less to satisfy your craving. Perhaps you might even burn more calories whilst nibbling away at your favorite treat!
For snacks, make healthy options a priority with easy access. Keep a bowl of various fruit on the counter or table in easy reach. Those other snacks, if you have them in the house, keep out of sight. When you eat processed snacks, don't forget to measure out a single serving and close the rest of the bag up and put it away. Out of sight, out of mind! Less temptation! Choose the healthier option.
My secret is to drink sparkling water when I have a craving. The bubbles make you feel full and the salt counteracts the craving. The best sparkling water, IMO, is Perrier, as it is totally natural, and so tasty. If you are going to try this, buy sparkling water that is naturally sparkly, not one with added carbonation.
The notes you enter on SparkPeople or in a written journal will help you detect habits or patterns that can be improved. This will allow you to change patterns that thwart your progress, strengthen those that move you closer to goal, and develop options for any that trip you up. The calendar is useful because you can anticpate upcoming events and put alternatives into place.
When I'm craving chocolate, I melt (over low heat or in my microwave) a mini-bar or two of dark chocolate. Dip fruit (pineapple chunks, banana slices, orange slices, grapes, etc.) just enough to flavor the fruit and ENJOY!!!
Ever find yourself looking in the fridge for something?
When you buy a bag of something for a "treat", remember that it is a "treat" and not a binge. Just buy a serving size bag. It satisfies the craving, but I don't get a chance to binge on a big bag. It may cost slightly more, but at least I know that I won't pay for it in calories.