We all get cravings from time to time! You sit down on the couch after a long work week and put on one of your favourite movies and it almost seems second nature to grab a snack! Something sweet or something salty may be your culprit – but what you decide to choose as your snack of choice can be either beneficial or detrimental to your health. 5 tips to reduce cravings:
Exercise and/or meditate.
Stress is a huge trigger for cravings and exercise (including yoga and/or meditation) has been proven to reduce stress. You’re much less likely to reach for a bag of chips if you’ve just completed a feel good workout.
Take a quick power nap.
Cravings tend to sneak up on us when we’re overly tired. Our body starts to shut down and we begin to crave an energy boost. Taking a power nap, even as short as 10-20 minutes, will likely kill the craving.
Be mindful when grocery shopping.
It’s difficult to munch out and eat poorly when you don’t have junk food in your home. Of course, it seems unreasonable and unrealistic to completely cut out everything unhealthy when you’re out at the grocery store. Rather than do this, just try and be more mindful of items that you’re putting in your grocery cart. Rather than buy a family size bag of chips, or a bulk pack of your favourite sugary snack, purchase single packs and/or low calorie snacks instead. We also suggest buying only 1 package at a time to avoid the temptation of reaching for more.
Many studies have shown that cravings typically only last about 10 minutes. So, when you notice that your body is craving something that you know you probably shouldn’t eat, take 10 minutes to distract yourself. Phone a friend, take the dog for a quick walk, run a quick errand or meditate.
Replace cravings with a healthier option.
Form a habit of replacing cravings with a healthier snack or meal. If you tend to reach for salty snacks such as chips, try eating a handful of nuts instead. If you find it hard to stay away from sugary snacks such as candy, try eating a piece of fruit. Your body will get the fix it desires, without the added calories (and guilt!)