5 Ways To Curb Cravings
Everyone has had those moments when their every thought is dictated by the need for a packet of salty chips; or suddenly it's Friday afternoon and you're clock-watching for that first glass of wine.
We've all heard the many reasons behind cravings: nutritional deficiencies, boredom and stress. Whatever the reason, here are 5 steps you can take to ensure that when those cravings hit, you're prepared.
1. Know the triggers
There are plenty excuses for why we deserve to give into the cravings, but it's important to identify the triggers before they hit. Is 3pm the weakest link in your self-control chain? Does watching your favourite TV show set you off on an ice-cream binge? By understanding the factors behind the cravings, you can almost certainly avoid giving into them.
2. Small meals often
Eating regularly can prevent those unwanted and unhealthy cravings. By fuelling our body often and with the right foods, we can beat the need for that chocolate pick-me-up. Organisation is paramount to ensure that wherever you go or however busy you get, you have the right choices available to energise your body effectively - with a focus on keeping your blood sugar levels as stable as possible.
3. Substitution is key
Substitution is a great way to have the best of both worlds and ensures you don't miss out completely. Throw out the ice-cream and opt for some honey drizzled on natural yoghurt when that sweet craving hits. Prepare a healthy breakfast muffin instead of a Sunday morning fry-up. Or, when out celebrating with friends, elect for vodka and soda water with lime to avoid that glass (or two) of calorie-filled wine.
4. Break the habits
It seems easy enough - don't have the temptation in the house and you won't give in. But often enough, it takes more than 'out of sight, out of mind' to curb cravings. Ultimately, it should be about breaking the bad habits. A nice meal out doesn't need to end with dessert, movies can be enjoyed without a frozen drink and nights out don't have to end with a trip through the drive-through.
5. Drink, drink, drink - water, of course!
Sometimes it's not hunger we are feeling, but rather hidden dehydration, so avoid a craving cave-in by remaining hydrated. If you have water available at all times (a glass by the sink, a bottle at your desk), it's likely to become something you'll reach for without thinking rather than those biscuits your colleague has stashed in their drawer.