When you start out on a new eating plan or a weight loss program, one of the initial obstacles is food cravings. You know…the cravings for sugar, your favourite treat or junk food naughties, some nachos, bread, or pasta delight!
Oh yes, the food cravings may come on like an onslaught at different times. So how do we get past them?
Well let’s look at a variety of situations and how we might handle them.
Tip: Don’t keep naughty foods in the house then you won’t be tempted to satisfy your food cravings when you have them. I know this can be an obstacle when there are other people in the house.
For example: My partner loves his cookies and chocolate, so I just keep these items in a different cupboard where I don’t have to look at them. Out of sight out of mind, it really does work 🙂
Another Tip: Make your own homemade sugar free “healthy” chocolate, see links to 2 of my recipes below.
Well it’s as healthy as it’s going to get but please be warned that over doing it on this chocolate can still be a health hazard 🙂
- Sugar free dairy free homemade chocolate recipe
- Carob coconut rough chocolate recipe
Insights: I think this is a good thing. Just because we are trying to follow a new eating plan or even lose weight doesn’t mean we have to give up everything forever. Choose to have the occasional treat or “naughty” meal to satisfy food cravings and keep temptations and binge eating at bay. But if you have particular health goals or weight loss goals you’re trying to work towards just make sure it’s occasionally and not every day.
Insights: Thank goodness!
Our tastes and lifestyle changes and new habits do become the new us with time. That is the key here, time is our best friend. So give yourself time to make new lifestyle transitions and then we start to find we don’t *need* the old things that used to satisfy us.
Tip: This is all about the right mindset and being prepared for what’s to come. Let’s face it, most of us know our downfalls pretty well, even though we like to deny it. Sooo, next time I get a craving for fries I will eat a carrot stick or some nuts instead. Much better idea! Preplan some alternatives and think about how important the goal is to me so I stay on track.
Tip: Aim for 1.5-2 litres of water every day. Even a slight bit of dehydration can increase food cravings. If you find yourself thirsty you are already 2% dehydrated!
Tip: We’re talking about the good fats people, good fat…not the deep fried nasty kind. Try increasing coconut oil, olive oil, flaxseed oil in the diet. In fact, something that works very well with many of my clients is to take 2 flaxseed capsules after every meal. Helps control appetite, hunger and cravings so give it a try 🙂
So how do you get past your food cravings?
Nutritionist & Health Coach