In 2012, when I began my healthy eating commitment, I had cravings and difficult battles with temptation.
It gets better! Eventually these foods look too salty, sweet, greasy to your highly developed, healthy eating pallet.
Meanwhile, what to do?
Purge your kitchen. “If it is in your house, it is in your mouth.”
When you go shopping, exercising willpower muscles can be draining.
I use Walmart grocery curbside pickup and/or home delivery. It is a great time saver too. Save $10 on your first Walmart Grocery ! There are other grocery stores or services which may offer curbside or home delivery.
If you have a family member who is not on board, ask them to at least keep the tempting items in another room (if possible).
Take the moment of temptation as an opportunity to:
- Floss your teeth
- Brush your teeth (food doesn’t always taste as good after you brush your teeth).
- Take a walk (this helps you to remove yourself from the situation)
- If you can’t take a walk, do other exercise.
- Trim/file your fingernails and toe nails.
- Give yourself a manicure and pedicure.
- Take a nap / go to bed early (we all need to get rest).
- Drink a glass of water as sometimes thirst is disguised as hunger.
I learned that I do better by having non-starchy vegetables for my first meal. If I eat oatmeal or fruit, I crave sweets for the rest of the day.
My later meals always include: a sweet potato and beans which help with satiety. Greens, especially leafy ones, help to control cravings.
Be sure you are getting enough calories. When I began, I felt hungry often. I added large, baked sweet potatoes to each meal and my cravings for calorie dense foods like meat went away.
Also, remember to take healthy food with you when you leave your home, always! Baked sweet potatoes are delicious warm or cold. Other portable food are apples and bananas.
Read more about this in my blog Making Deals With Cheat Meals.
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It is not your fault that you are craving highly palatable foods.
Your taste buds have been hijacked by the food industry.
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What strategies do / did you use to resist temptation?