By Laura Dolson
The best overall strategy to combat cravings is to construct a set of very clear specific guidelines for your eating based on what you have learned about what triggers your cravings.
- "I don't eat sugar."
- "I don't eat processed grains."
- "My snacks always include protein and fiber."
It may surprise you how quickly this happens. If you have rules about unhealthy foods you crave but you don't want to eat, it helps some people to "demonize" those foods: think of them in some negative light: "harmful", "poisonous", or even (as I do) "not real food".(If it seems too onerous to say, "I never eat ___", try including a specific exception.
One friend had a rule, "Fridays are Fries Days", which worked for him until he didn't need it any more. Now he hardly ever eats fries.) So, these are overall strategies. Besides repeating your rules and guidelines, what can you do if you're in the middle of a craving?
20 Methods to Stop Cravings in 5 Minutes or Less
Cravings are mainly happening in your head, whether from habit or from a trigger food. The idea is to get your brain and body onto a totally different track.
First, drink a glass of water and take three deep breaths. Then try one of the following. Over time you'll figure out what types of things work best for you.