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Below is a great little article one of our members sent me from Paleo Plan on combating food cravings...Take five minutes and read!
3 Ways to Combat Food Cravings
Food cravings are the #1 killer of diets all across the planet. They're insidious, nasty buggers that come out of nowhere and destroy even the best of dietary intentions.
Here you are, trucking merrily along with your new lifestyle of healthy eating, and all of a sudden - whammo! - you're eating a donut out of a vending machine. Not even a good donut...And cravings are contagious, too. Your friend at work goes out, driven by her cravings, and brings her affliction (a caramel latte and a double chocolate muffin) back to the office for you to see and smell and savor, and all of your discipline and conviction just... disappears.
Are cravings ruining your Paleo diet? Or any way of eating besides the "eat-anything-you-want-in-any-amount-whenever-you-want diet" for that matter? Let's try to fix that.
1. Don't fight it. Feed it.
2. Eat A Piece of Fruit
"I'm really craving something sweet. God, I want something sweet. Icould eat this peach, but I'm not supposed to eat too much fruit on this new Paleo diet... Hmm. What to do, what to do... Oh f@ck it! I'm just gonna eat this giant chocolate donut!"
The problem here is that you're not just setting yourself back in that moment by eating something that'll mess with your blood sugar and maybe make you feel pretty crappy later. You're also starting the cycle of grain and sugar lust all over again for the next several days. So if you're going to have something sweet and you don't have any Paleo treat on hand, eat a piece of fruit. Or have a few squares of dark chocolate. Just anything that doesn't have the grains, excessive sugar, and other stuff that you know will set off those addictive brain chemicals.
3. Use Non-Food Distractions
Exercise, even if it’s just a 3-minute vigorous session of squats in your office or living room. Or go for a short walk. Get yourself out of the situation and brain space you’re in by changing locations for a while.
Drink some water. Sometimes cravings are just veiled thirst.
Contact someone who will talk you down from the ledge, so to speak. Someone you trust and someone who knows your health goals and who can help remind you why you would not want to cave to your cravings.
In Conclusion, I know cravings are a painful thing, and it's really hard to just grin and bear them. Try out all of my time-tested, client-approved tips above and see if any of them work for you.
The one thing I want you to take away from this, if nothing else, is to make sure you have Paleo treats accessible to you if you're a cravings-afflicted person. Especially in the beginning of going Paleo. You're going to need a crutch and that's totally fine! Eat the muffins, the cookies, the whatevers - just make them Paleo. Make large batches of them and keep them in your freezer so you can take them to work with you. You're not superhuman and being away from those old foods is going to take some getting used to!