Are you physically hungry or is this just a craving?
A good way to distinguish between physical hunger and a craving is by the last time that you ate. If you just got done with a meal (within the last 1-2 hours) you are probably not physically hungry!
Food cravings are just suggestions to eat they are not commands to gorge yourself. It is all in how you decide to deal with your craving. Next time you have cravings try to wait a while and see if the craving passes. While you are passing time direct your mind to something else, step back from your temptation, think if it is really worth it, and then decide what you are going to do. If you choose to eat it decide how much and make sure that you really enjoy it!
Here are some tips to help you manage your food cravings
Eat regular well-balanced meals and snacks
- Do not skip meals, this will only make you more hungry throughout the day. BE PREPARED!Always make sure to have healthful snacks on hand.
Assess your craving; does it correlate to your current mood or situation?
- You may not be able to control your craving but you can control your reaction. Remember food may only temporarily cure how you feel.
Make healthy food choices
- You are not going to be able to control everything in your life, but you can control what you put in your mouth. Take responsibility choosing healthful foods, and stopping when you are satisfied.
Moderation vs. deprivation
- Food is a wonderful part of life and typically our favorite foods are linked to memorable pastimes. Enjoy them, but only every once in a while.
Good food vs. bad food
- There are no “bad foods” the problem comes with the quantities that we choose to consume. Dish up a small portion for you to enjoy and make it a special occasion not a daily ritual.
Find a substitution
- Cravings can pass. Cravings are often not hunger and will go away if you allow yourself to be distracted by other thoughts and activities.
- Distract yourself from eating and go exercise! If you do overindulged, exercise is the only thing that can help burn off those extra calories. Stay active!