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).
- Use a water pick. It is a great distraction, gives you something to occupy your hands and mouth and it helps with dental hygiene too!
- Take a walk (this helps you to remove yourself from the situation)
- If you can’t take a walk, do other exercise, even if it is to simply stand on one foot for for as long as you can and then the other foot.
- Trim/file/buff 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. When we are hungry and/or tired, we make the worst decisions. The destination is worth the journey!
Read more about this in my blog Making Deals With Cheat Meals.
I have helped many people recover from going off the wagon. If you would like help to prevent yourself from going off the wagon and learn other ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. Many have been successful when pairing up with me as their accountability partner. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.
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Check out my blogs below on beating The Cravings Beasty.
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What strategies do / did you use to resist temptation?
I have helped many people recover from going off the wagon. If you would like help to prevent yourself from going off the wagon and learn other ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.
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Hi I’m Amy. My husband Rick & I adopted a Whole Plant lifestyle in 2012. We have had fantastic health results. Together, we’ve lost over 130 pounds! We offer private, lifestyle coaching and Zoom cooking lessons. We love to share our knowledge of this lifestyle and hope to spread the word and help others to Be Strong, Be Well and Be Green!🌱 !
Sharme Ridley is a Rouxbe certified plant-based cooking enthusiast who specializes in creating Louisiana Creole inspired dishes. Overcoming a host of health issues after adopting a plant-based diet, she now inspires others to follow a whole food, plant-based (WFPB) lifestyle through her efforts with Plant Based Atlanta, a PlantPure Communities pod and her Atlanta Creole YouTube channel, where she offers WFPB cooking demonstrations. Sharme is also one of the hosts for CNS Kitchen, a T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies (CNS) plant-based support group. She earned the CNS eCornell Plant Based Nutrition Certificate and is a Licensed Food for Life Instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). A retired public school teacher in her early 60s, she takes no medicines and is a living testament to the power of plants. Sharme has a B.S. in Secondary Education, a MEd in Educational Administration, and an EdS in Curriculum and Instruction.
CNS Kitchen: cnskitchen.nutritionstudies.org
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