If I'm craving something that's bad for me, I still eat it but in much smaller portions than before. There are 100 calorie bags and other mini versions of the bad stuff we crave.
It sounds counterproductive, but it works. If I let my craving go too long, it grows into a monster that I can't control. If I satisfy it with a few bites, it goes away before I eat mountains of the bad stuff.
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When tempted or craving those "undesirable" foods...you know, chocolate, cake, ice cream, cookies, candy...I give into it from the offset. This way, I can stay in control and find that a small piece, tiny bite, or "fun size" portion will satisfy the craving. It does not kill my caloric intake for the day and I can put that nasty craving behind me!
By holding out, I usually inevitably give in later and consume much more than had I dealt with it from the onset.
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