Thursday, November 11, 2010

Arrrgg!! Fighting the cravings!

Everywhere I look! There it is...the candy. the cookies. the .... bread!!!!!  What to do to fight cravings!!!  Well, for one writing about it helps.  Especially if you are dilusional like me and pretend you are actually getting heard (or read in this case).  Bueno, it doesn't really matter.  The cravings are going away because I'm thinking about something else.

I've been looking online and here's a couple of good recommendations on how to fight cravings:

1.  Wait it out.
         For about 10 minutes and sometimes the craving will go away.

2. Chew gum.
         It's low in calories, fat and carbs.  Pick your battle.

3. Do something.
         Distract your mind.  Sometimes those cravings produce emotional eating.  You're not really hungry, but you're worried about the kids, you can't take a vacation, you're bored, you're tired, you just argued with someone, etc.  The list goes on.  Do something that distracts you and makes you feel at ease like walking, meditating, reading, sleeping, web surfing, rock climbing, etc.  Me.  I like bowling.  We just started doing it a couple of weeks back and I sucked.  But last week I scored a 155 and beat all the guys!  Jajaja I am now called the MASTER.  Yeah that's me.


4. Drink water
          Sometimes your body confuses thirst for hunger.  Drink a glass.  It's good for ya.

5. Take care of yourself
          Besides distracting yourself, you get to look fabulous.  Take a bath, do your hair, do your nails, put on some makeup...

If you think you can't possibly do any of these things ask someone to help you with the kids.  You probably just need a time out to take care of yourself.

6. Eat something that is good for you.
          Find things that you can eat that can kill that craving for fat, carbs or sugar.  Please oh please don't run to the fridge and have a yogurt (it has a ton of sugar) and no granola or cereal (ton of carbs).  Save those for your cheat day.  Some things that I like for the diet I am on is a spoonful of natural peanut butter, regular cottage cheese (low fat and non fat have sugar to make up for the lack of fat / sugar=high in carbs), gouda cheese, a strip of bacon, boiled egg, or popcorn (but not the microwaveable kind - it will kill your diet).  And if worse comes to worse, I have a couple of swedish fish candy.  They're about 2 carbs each and have no fat.

swedish fish swedish fish- yum backpack hiking swedish fish!!!

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