We ALL have cravings. Do not be alarmed if you find yourself craving your old ‘comfort foods’ as you are making your transition to a healthier lifestyle. The key is to effectively manage these cravings as you experience them.
Tip # 1 - Drink LOTS of water. Always aim to drink your prescribed minimums!
Tip # 2 - Chew mint-flavored gum, eat a breath mint, or brush your teeth after meals. The mint flavor is great for suppressing your appetite and will hold you over until the next meal.
Tip # 3 – Eat foods that are high in fiber. Fiber acts like brakes on your food, so it stays in the stomach and small intestine longer, keeping you full. Studies have found that people who eat high fiber foods in the morning (example: oatmeal or fiber in protein shakes) are far less likely to overeat later in the day!
Tip # 4 - Consume a little fat! Good fats, of course :). Simply eat one tablespoon of your favorite healthy fat, set your timer for 15 minutes and Bam! You will have conquered your sweet and salty craving. Pretty cool.
NOTE: If you absolutely need to have something to hold you over, try these liquid craving-curbing tricks:
Root Beer Float: Add 1 tablespoon of heavy cream to 1 chilled diet root beer. Sip and enjoy! In 20 minutes, you should feel fuller!
Coconut water: Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to a cup of warm water. Sip and enjoy! In 20 minutes, you should feel fuller!