Reduce Cravings For Junk Food
Let’s be honest: We can’t live without junk food. It’s just not going to happen. Life is too short to miss out on things that are dripping chocolate.
We eat too much junk food and end up with a stomachache, we decide to change our eating habits and the next day we are back to shoving cookies in my mouth.
The question is, when do we step in to take control of our diet, and how do we maintain it ?
How can you make ourselves feel better while still enjoy the foods we love ? The following are some general guidelines to help us reduce cravings for junk food.
1. Don’t Deprive Yourself
Let me start by saying “Always listen to your body”. Don’t deprive yourself of a certain food group or follow a harsh diet if you don’t feel it’s right for you. There are too many diets that completely restrict some of your favourite foods. While it is good to follow a consistent plan, treat yourself occationally.
Not all dieting is bad, but a strenuous one can potentially cause intense cravings that lead to over-indulgence, overeating, and feelings of guilt. Before you start new eating habits, it may be a good idea to contact a doctor to organize a plan and determine what is best for your personal health.
2. Notice What You’re Craving
What have you been craving lately ? Is it chocolate ? Ice Cream ? Or just a really nice Pizza ? Make a mental note of it. By knowing what you’re up against, you can begin to pick out patterns and start to form a strategy for fighting these cravings.
3. Eat it Less Frequently
Remember that rule I mentioned earlier? Always listen to your body. Next time you’re craving those Cheeto Puffs…..Eat them.
I know I’m supposed to be writing an article about how to reduce cravings for junk food. There is method behind the madness.
Here’s the trick: indulge, but not as often as you normally would. A recent study observed that food cravings decreased when they were consumed less frequently at normal portion sizes, eating less of it actually had no effect on the cravings. Ultimately, you don’t necessarily have to decrease the amount you eat but how frequently you eat it.
4. Find an Alternative
There is literally nothing better than waffle fries. But sometimes, we want the same potato goodness without the heavy feeling after eating them. Re-place it with sweet potato fries. Being some of the most delicious things to have ever hit my taste buds.
The only reason this love affair blossomed is that I searched for alternatives. Finding healthier substitutes for your favourite food can do wonders for cravings and might even help you find a new appreciation for foods you never thought you’d like.
For the sweet-tooths out there, don’t fret. You can still satisfy your cravings with donuts, brownies, and even Girl Scout cookie alternatives. Just because you are replacing eggs with avocados in your “Guiltless Brownie Recipe” does not mean eating the whole tray is necessary.
5. Distract Yourself
The easiest way to avoid something ? Is to “forget” about it. Although this concept normally comes into play when you “forgot” your homework at home, it can be applied to reducing cravings for junk food as well.
A study in Addictive Behaviours suggests that playing “Candy Crush Saga” for just three minutes can drastically reduce a craving. If “Candy Crush Saga” isn’t your forte, talking to a friend can also be a great way to steer your mind away from those cravings.
6. End Your Meals Right
I’m not the only one who starts thinking about dessert in the middle of dinner. To avoid the inevitable binge of food, tell your body you’re done. To do this, try developing a positive trigger to signal your body that you’re done eating for the night. For example, finishing dinner with a cup of lavender tea and honey may fill a sweet craving and also provide your body with the benefits you need to help you sleep. This way you are not only getting the sweet satisfaction from the honey, but you’re also giving your body awesome benefits that will decrease your dependency on sugary treats.
7. Create a Schedule
Schedules can be hard to commit but change is only as effective as you make it. Coordinating a schedule can be very beneficial for both your eating habits and your budget. By setting meal times, you only not reduce the amount of mindless snacking but also rescue your wallet.
Although eating junk food is part of our lifestyle, We don’t have to give it up completely. Integrating enjoyable alternatives for junk foods we love is a great way to begin our journey.
Moderation and consistency are the keys to success. As long as we are happy with what we are eating.