alice’s best tips: kill food cravings
snack in-between meals
eat a less at meal times but add snacks in-between meals so you can control your hunger and not be starving by meal times. if you’re really hungry, you are less likely to make smart decisions later when you are starved so eat small, healthy meals throughout the day!
sometimes food cravings are impulses. when you get a craving, wait about 15 minutes and afterwards if you still have the craving, distract yourself to take your mind off food.
drink more water
The reason you hear this tip so often is because it works. Water keeps you hydrated, aids in digestion and keeps you feeling full. Plus, sometimes people mistake hunger for thirst. Drink enough water consistently and you may prevent the food craving from happening at all.
Have healthy options available
yessss the substitution trick. if you want ice cream, try whipping up my banana “ice cream”. craving something crunchy? go for sliced cucumbers, baby carrots, or sliced apples. craving something salty? try some air-popped popcorn, maybe with a dash of parmesan cheese! get creative :)
plan your indulgence
some people can (somehow) cut out all indulgences from their lives. i can’t. i would feel deprived! you don’t have to plan exactly when you will have your indulgence, but plan how often you’ll indulge, whether it’s one meal a week, something really mini every day, or a day every 2 weeks. it may be easier to stick to your diet and eat healthy if you know you’re going to be able to eat what you want soon. for example, when i promise myself that i can indulge on sunday, i’ll hold off that cookie, or that brownie that i’ll be craving on thursday because i know i can eat it on sunday!
no brainer, right? food cravings are mostly triggered by stress and emotions so exercise can help ease those emotions and give you time to think. also, you’ll feel great afterwards!
write it out
this isn’t for everyone. like me. i’m not a fan of writing and writing doesn’t help that much. i’d rather talk to a friend or my mom or go for a run with someone. however, if you’re a journal type person, writing your thoughts and feelings can help because you’ll be expressing your feelings rather than using food as an escape.
up your protein and fiber
fiber and protein make you feel full and stay full for longer. eat plenty of whole grains, beans, fruits, vegetables for fiber and fish, skinless chicken, low fat dairy and eggs for protein. yum :D
watch your booze intake
apparently, alcohol can increase your cravings for food. i mean i guess it makes sense. i wouldn’t know because i don’t drink but when my friends drink, they say that they always crave greasy food like hamburgers, pizza, pretzels, and etc. one or two drinks a week is ok but just don’t overdo it!