Top 5 Strategies for Curbing Cravings
- Awareness: Know the difference between physical and emotional hunger. Physical hunger comes on gradually and is felt in your stomach. You’ll know it’s physical hunger when any food will satisfy your craving. Emotional hunger is hard to satisfy and is characterized by a sudden mental craving centered around a specific food.
- Don’t judge, punish, or deprive yourself because of cravings. When we tell ourselves a specific food is bad, we place emotions and attachment to that food. Track your food and plan a favorite treat into your day.
- Be prepared and avoid long periods of hunger. Plan your meals and have healthy snacks available to eliminate the spontaneity that can lead to cravings.
- Distance yourself from the cravings by choosing an alternate activity such as taking a walk, doing yoga, or reading a book.
- When you do eat, avoid distractions such as television. Eat mindfully. Think about the food, slow down your eating, and focus on the taste and texture. Set aside leftovers for the next day.