I hear this all of the time and I went through it too. I sometimes still do. How do you get through cravings, especially at home at night. or mid-day?
11 Ways to get you through cravings:
1. You have to set a goal.
I told myself every morning that I was on a MISSION and that mission had to be done, no matter what. I set a goal to lose a certain amount of weight.
2. Recognize that cravings mean something and fix the problem before it becomes a problem.
First off, sometimes you will crave things because you are deficient in a vitamin or mineral. People who crave steak are low in iron, bananas–potassium,chocolate-magnesium, etc. So, take a MULTIVITAMIN AND MULTIMINERAL all through your diet and after to help with unnecessary cravings.
3. Go shopping and only buy the foods you are going to eat on the diet. Do not buy junk.
Oh, you have kids?
You want junk for the kids and you are afraid you will eat it too? Well, I have something controversial to say here. Screw that!
That junk hurts your body and mind, and it is not only BAD for your kids (they need white flour and sugar like a hole in the head), but you are also setting them up on a path of weight gain in their future too by allowing them to get hooked on pure sugar crap! Teach them to enjoy healthy, tasty options for their snacks. Nuts, fruit, cheese, protein bars. The Nature Valley Protein Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter bar (for instance) or their other Protein bars or any of the Power Crunch bars are low in carbs, high in protein. What the heck is wrong with those options? Cheetos, Doritos, Tortilla chips, candy, cheese balls–are all BAD, BAD options and will only make you sick. Buy low-carb baking books, look it up online, buy low carb food books, buy low-carb options at the market or online at places like netrition.com or low-carb stores online. Some items are at speciality stores.
4. Stop baking BAD stuff (look up better low-carb options online.
No more baking crap white flour nonsense in the house. Just knock it off. You don’t need it. Oh, your kid enjoys it? Well, too bad. You all need to find a healthier hobby or learn sugar-free options for baking and look at number one (set a goal) and go shopping (rule 3) and get new stuff to bake. Having bad food baking and wafting through the house is torture on a diet. It will just pull you back into the dark side of bad fattening food. If it is made with white flour–NO! You or your kids have to find recipes using coconut, almond or flax meal and make those things. Step outside of your fattening comfort zone and learn new tricks. Teach your loved ones to eat better WITH you.
YES! YOU WILL HAVE CRAVINGS THAT ARE DIFFICULT THE FIRST WEEK AFTER GIVING UP SUGAR AND SIMPLE CARBS. IT IS THE BODY DETOXING. YOU WILL GET THROUGH IT. JUST KEEP DRINKING WATER (COFFEE WAS MY SAVIOR). IT WILL EVENTUALLY STOP. YOU WON’T DIE. AFTER AWHILE, YOUR BODY WILL JUST CRAVE THE GOOD FOOD. IT IS LIKE GETTING OFF OF ANY DRUG. PEOPLE ARE ADDICTED TO SUGAR. IT IS NOT GOOD FOR YOU AND IT IS MAKING YOU FAT AND UNHEALTHY. GROW SOME BALLS AND DEAL WITH IT. 🙂
5. Tape a picture of yourself looking fat on the refrigerator so that you will be reminded why you are on the diet in the first place.
6. Throw out the bad food or give it away.
If it is there, you are gonna eat it!
7. Drink water and have lots of sugar-free options to drink.
Drink every time you are hungry, to help stop cravings.
8. If you are desperate and it is in between the time of 3-4 hours from your last protein meal (out of six for the day), then have a protein “hit.”
–a piece of low-fat string cheese, a slice of turkey, an egg, a protein drink with few carbs in it–but have a protein “hit”, so you get through the cravings, until your next meal.
9. Find a distraction.
Read, get online, call a friend, or go exercise. Exercise or walking the dog helps me. Exercising at least 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week, not only burns calories, it helps reduce cravings. So, move!
10. Find ways to de-stress.
Meditation, yoga, listening to music. Anxiety can make people eat. They have “emotional” eating. Most emotional eating is from anxiety. This is why I love yoga–between the exercise and the wind down meditative time, I am pretty chill. Take an L-Theanine 200 mg (a totally natural amino acid that
lowers anxiety like nothing I have ever tried and there are NO side effects. Look it up.)
11. Keep a diet journal showing what you ate and the number of carbs per meal and tally it all up daily. Also, use that journal to write when you are emotional and try to process what is bothering you instead of eating.
Consider therapy or a group like Overeaters Anonymous. Or, if you must eat, follow rule number 7 and avoid so-called, “comfort” foods. Those foods will only make you feel UNcomfortable tomorrow when you gained weight!