It’s no secret that the New Year brings on new inspiration and desire for health.
I don’t need to say it again, but I will remind you that less than 10% will still be pursuing their resolution within just a few months.
I believe that one of the reasons people fall off the wagon is because of the all or none mindset.
Thinking it has to be all health or nothing at all is a guarantee for failure.
One of the top reasons people struggle with sticking to healthy habits is because of the intensity of our cravings.
Manufactured foods are literally designed to be addictive to us with all kinds of chemicals, sugars, and fats.
It’s natural that cravings are going to arise. The good news is that the more you eat healthy foods that came directly from the Earth (and not boxes and bags), the more the cravings subside.
So, today I wanted to share 5 ways that I personally navigate cravings so that they don’t get the best of me long term:
space in your plan for the foods you love – whether it’s cookies, pizza,
ice cream – whatever! Plan to eat that stuff in a reasonable serving size a few
times a week. Not depriving yourself is actually the key to staying on track.
- Pull out
your portions – let’s say you love potato chips. Don’t bring the bag with
you to the couch. I don’t have to tell you how easy it is to make a bag of
chips disappear! Instead, take 1 portion and leave the rest in the cabinet.
bring your trigger foods into your home at all. If it’s not available as
cravings arise, I PROMISE you those intense cravings will pass and you’ll get
past them with ease because you couldn’t just run to the fridge and appease
eating. I know this sounds weird but so many of us eat in distraction
whether it’s in front of the TV or while driving. You can eat hundreds of
calories without paying attention or even enjoying any of it. Sitting down and
paying attention to your foods and enjoying every bite is a great way to indulge
and actually appreciate it!
- Make sure it’s worth it. When you indulge a few times a week, be sure it’s not mindless and that it’s something you REALLY want.
I hope this helps!