We’ve all been there. Whether it’s the middle of a stressful workday, you’re bored late at night, or just don’t have the time to make a healthy choice, junk food cravings have snuck up on all of us. While the urge might be tempting, there are five easy ways to help keep them at bay:
Studies have shown that when people crave unhealthy foods, it could be a sign of dehydration, so opt for a glass of water when you feel a craving coming.
Don’t tell yourself you can’t eat it
The moment you tell yourself you can’t have something you immediately want it. Has this happened to you? Instead, tell yourself you won’t have it because ______ (insert your reasoning, such as: I can find a better option, I am working towards a goal, I don’t really want it, I have been doing so well staying on track, I don’t want to feel bad about it afterwards, etc. )
Divert your attention
Focus on something not related to food, such as finishing an email, turning to another task or stretching
Make sure you kitchen is stocked
But stocked with healthy foods. Keep junk food out of the house to avoid temptations.
Remind yourself of these two things
If you do end up giving into your craving, the last thing you should do is beat yourself up about it. What you should do is forget about it and move on. If you get down on yourself, you might find it easier to give in to temptation once again.
To avoid this vicious cycle, do the following:
1. Have enough to satisfy your craving, and get rid of the rest.
2. Tell yourself that it was a one-time thing and that you are not going to give in again, and move on.