I rarely eat junk food, sweets, or anything that isn't relatively good for me, but because of the holiday seasons, stress, and just bumps in the road of life, I have started eating more and more of the stuff I used to avoid. Because of this, I find myself craving random foods I've never craved before. Like pizza. Oh my god I would pretty much sell my soul, my roommate, and/or my nail polish collection for a piece of pizza right now. What is wrong with me?
I know that these cravings will go away as long as I get back to my healthy eating regimen, but damn this transition is no fun. Here are a few tips for controlling and overcoming cravings, but I warn you: they aren't all easy!
You're Going to Give In
I'm not telling you to plan for failure, but...plan for failure. Don't wake up and say 'no sweets today' because that just isn't going to happen. Plan ahead and give yourself an allotted calorie budget for a snack during the day. You always want chocolate around 4pm? Grab a handful of chocolate covered almonds and plan your meals around that calorie intake.
There are so many tastier options than boring old fast food french fries. Fall in love with Panko and get into baking your own fries (potato, zucchini, sweet potato, onion, your neighbor's dog, 'fry' everything)
Don't Get Rid of the Evidence
Instead of throwing away a wrapper after you eat something sweet, keep it in a jar. It’ll help you be more aware of how much you’re eating.
Picture Your Goals
Make a collage with pictures that represent you reaching your goal—and look at it when a craving hits. Then ask yourself if having that doughnut will bring you closer to your goals. One the pantry or fridge door is a good spot.
Focus on Your Food
You might be craving foods because you aren't satisfied with what you're already eating. Focus on the meal in front of you so your body recognizes that you're feeding it a good meal. Cut out those distractions like TV and email for a few minutes to eat!