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Tips to Curb Your Cravings

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One of the most challenging things about eating healthy and keeping fit is fighting off your food cravings! I am a chocolate lover myself, so I understand how hard it can be to deny myself my favorite treat. So how can we stop ourselves from overindulging? There are a few tricks that can help you keep even the strongest of cravings at bay.

Eat Regular Meals Throughout the Day

Skipping meals makes cravings more intense and can lead to overindulging, so make sure to eat five to six small meals to keep your metabolism up and your sugar levels regulated. To start your day off right, have a substantial breakfast that includes a balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. This will help you ward off temptation.

Stock Up on Healthy Snacks

Restock your shelves and replace sweets or unhealthy snacks with fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, low fat yogurt, nutrition bars, etc. Keep these snacks at your desk, in your car, or in your purse or briefcase to satisfy your needs instantly.

Keep a Journal

Recording what you eat throughout the day will allow you to be in control and help you keep track of what works and what doesn’t. Recording your feelings as well will help remind you of how good or bad you feel after eating certain foods.

Find Other Ways to De-stress

If you tend to crave foods when you’re stressed or anxious, find alternative solutions such as exercising, meditation, yoga, deep breathing, calling a friend, or taking part in your favorite hobby.

Eat in Moderation

Denying yourself your favorite foods may lead to overindulgence later on, so allow yourself a treat every once in a while—even once a day! But here’s the key: keep the portion under control.

Go Blue

Research has shown that the color blue naturally suppresses appetite, while red, orange, and yellow are shown to increase your appetite. To make the most of this finding, try using blue plates or napkins at your next meal!

Curbing your cravings takes effort but is worth it in the long run. Follow these simple tips for fewer cravings, and a healthier, happier life.

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MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N

Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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