I have a big problem with cravings at night after dinner. I've started to delay gratification instead of just denying myself. I do this by doing just a couple of minutes of quick exercise immediately. (like some jumping jacks) If I still want to eat something sweet after I finish (and very often the craving has passed by that point) then I let myself have something small like one Dove dark chocolate or a couple of small pieces of Panda licorice. But I have to earn it.
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I use my credit cards because they are both rewards cards and sometimes it's just more convenient. I am certain to always make an entry in my checkbook for the amount that I charged so I can pay the bill in full when it comes due. I get the benefit of time delayed payment plus rewards.
If I've stuck to my plan for the day, I reward myself with a mini chocolate before bed. Then I brush my teeth so I won't eat another. I keep the chocolates in the freezer, removing one at dinnertime so it can warm up before treat time.
This helps me delay craving gratification. It also keeps me from feeling overly deprived. I don't like frozen chocolate, so keeping it in the freezer prevents cheating. I use milk chocolate because it's my fave, but dark chocolate would be a healthier option.
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