Saturday, November 2, 2013

How to Conquer Cravings


Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: How to combat cravings
Tips for combating cravings

Cravings can be our absolute worst enemies when it comes to trying to lose weight or stick to any health and fitness plan, regardless of your goals.  Here are some great tips from one of my inspirations, Clean Eating Auther Tosca Reno.

1.  Determine the source of your craving

Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: Herbal Tea to help combat cravings
Herbal Tea
Have you eaten balanced meals including one or two servings of starchy complex carbohydrates that day?  If you aren't feeling satisfied by your meals, it might cause you to crave other foods.

Are you simply thirsty?  It's common to mistake thirst for hunger.  Try quenching your craving with a tall glass of water or steaming mug of herbal tea.

Do you always crave chocolate at that time of the month?  Sometimes it's best to listen to your body and give it what it wants, so long as you practice portion control and don't make it an everyday (or even every week) habit.

2.  Distract yourself.

Close the kitchen and try any of the following activities:
Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: Distract yourself from cravings
Distract yourself from cravings with a relaxing Bubble Bath
  • Go for a walk
  • Talk to a friend on the phone 
  • Paint your nails (you can't eat while your nails are wet!)
  • Take a bath
  • Garden
  • Hit the gym
  • Join one of my Clean Eating Support Groups and vent about your craving to other members.  Together we can support you towards your goals

Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: Clean Eating Snacks
Whole what pita chips and salsa

3.  Satisfy your craving in a CLEAN way

Craving sweets?  Have fresh berries or a handful of unsweetened dried fruits.

Craving salt?  Try unbuttered, air-popped popcorn, homemade baked pita chips and salsa or a handful of nuts.

 

4.  My own personal tip- Keep Your End Goal In Mind!


Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: Keep your goal in mind.  Fitness Inspiration
Fitness Inspiration
Everyone's goals are different, but whatever yours are make sure they are visible every single day.  Post an inspirational picture on your fridge, pantry, bathroom mirror.  Wherever you think you'll see it and need it most.  Keep a copy on your phone to refer to during moments of weakness when you are out and about.

Still feel like you need some extra support and guidance?  Complete the form below to join my next upcoming closed online support groups.  My 30 day Clean Eating and Shakeology support group or my 60 day Clean Eating and Fitness support group for those doing a workout program they need support with.






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