It’s almost a dirty word. It sets off such emotion. We all have them and we all deal with them differently.
The triggers to these cravings are endless. Hormones, TV, commercials, watching other people eating something, listening to other people talking about food, emotions….and on and on.
I have a few tactics that I use to help me stay on track to battle cravings. Tactics? Oh yes tactics. This is warfare my friends. Get your armour on. It’s go time!
Tactic #1 Brush your teeth
This will kill a craving in its tracks. Food tastes weird right after you brush your teeth. The benefit of doing this is twofold. You clean teeth and kill the craving. Make sure you brush your tongue and inside your cheeks as well for an even stronger effect–weird I know, but try it!
Tactic #2 Chew some sugar-free gum
This is simple and it works. The chewing takes your mind off of the craving. There are now dessert gums. Sugar free and that will help with any post meal cravings for sweets. Try it!
Tactic #3 Drink like you live in the desert
Most people are dehydrated and end up mistaking hunger or cravings for actually being thirsty. Water is magic…seriously! Not only does it quash your cravings but it helps your metabolism. Double whammy. Boo-yah!!!
Now, I know many of you are rolling your eyes about me mentioning water, AGAIN–but if you read my blog post about sweeteners, I use Crystal Light to help get in my allotted water and have lots of options for flavours.
Tactic #4 – Chew on this….
Fibre…this will help battle those cravings by slowing down the absorption of sugar. Aim to get 30 grams of fibre each and every day.
Here are some great high fibre foods that you can easily incorporate into each meal:
-apples 4 gm of fibre
-broccoli 7gm in 3/4 cup
-blackberries 7gms per cup
-beans 6gm in 1/2 cup
-oatmeal 7 gms 3/4 cup
-peas 9 gms in 1/2 cup
-strawberries 4gms per cup
-raspberries 5 gms per cup
Tactic #5 Zzzzzzzzzzz
At night cravings go sky high….that is when you need to shut ‘er down.
When you are tired you make bad choices. If you see that you get into the habit of snacking at night. STOP IT!!
Go to bed early and you will feel so much better!!!
Use these 5 tactics and crush those cravings!