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!




  1. Another little trick is to stay busy. Idle hands are more likely to shove food in your mouth! Something like knitting is a great past time while watching T.V. It’s hard to snack when your hands are full of knitting needles — everyone can knit a scarf to keep them warm in spring and fall boot camp!

  2. Thank you for the reminder. This past week has been extremely tough for me. Dealing with a 12 hour time change has been challenging. I have been craving food I haven’t eaten in 6 months and I can’t figure out why??? Carrie, your tips and tactics couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. As always they are most appreciated.

  3. My first day of the 7 day slim down!! YEAH finally had the mindset to do this. When your head is in the game it’s easier to beat the cravings! Still HARD though! If I had the answer I’d share it! (And I wouldn’t need to work cuz I’d be a millionaire:)

  4. Some great advice to beat those cravings! I also never go food shopping when I am hungry and when I do the food shopping get lots of healthy snacks in, then when you are hit with cravings there is nothing in the cupboards thats too bad to tempt you off track.

  5. I’m seeing results very quickly lately. Looking at my shrinking belly and thighs in the shower is definatley keeping me focused. So for late night cravings, go change into yer jammies and look at yourself naked, that’ll do the trick!

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