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9 Tips to Stop Food Cravings and Help You With Your Diet
Emily Clark

Most of us are “regular” people. We don’t eat the perfect diet

all the time and have our struggles with food, same as everyone

else. But having an awareness of this fact and knowing a little

bit about our health and food nutrition can help when it comes to

making wise decisions.

Many people struggle with food “cravings.” Studies tell us that

it’s fairly common for food cravings to happen at certain times,

quite often at around bedtime. Your guard may be down, you may

have had an unusually hard day, and off you go on your

not-so-merry way to find that tasty treat. Fatigue and stress

often combine to take their toll on the best of intentions.

When food cravings are unconstrained, what starts out as a

bedtime snack quickly turns into a full blown feeding

frenzy…not something most of us fully understand or appreciate.

We head to kitchen and every other place where food can hide,

clearing a path as we go.

Most food cravings are not about satisfying a nutritional need or

imbalance. They seem to be more emotionally related, or God

forbid, are caused by plain old gluttony. Exactly why we

over-indulge is not completely understood, however our knowledge

about this subject continues to grow.

Listed below are some thoughts and ideas about food cravings:

– If the food isn’t available, you can’t eat it! Empty the cookie

jar and keep it that way! Keep healthy food choices on-hand.

– Recognize the feelings and emotions that lead-up to a food

craving. Do you have food cravings when you’re bored, lonely, or

stressed? If you can identify a trigger, you can deal with the

emotion that’s making you desire a certain food. Try to deal with

the triggers in the best way you can.

– Sometimes, even recognizing that a craving is about to happen

doesn’t seem to help. Don’t beat yourself-up. There is always

tomorrow. Call a friend, make good use of your support network

and share your feelings with someone.

– Get enough sleep. When you’re tired, you’re more likely to

crave things.

– Never give-up. When you “slip”, press-in, bear-down, get a

grip, do whatever is necessary to re-gain control. Try to

practice restraint most of the time, but don’t get legalistic and

un-balanced in your weight loss approach. Think moderation and

not abstinence at all times!

– Understand that self-control and discipline by themselves,

won’t cut it! If you depend totally on yourself for control, you

will fail. Forming caring and supportive relationships is

required. If you do not currently have a support network, start

building one TODAY.

– Exercise. It increases feel-good endorphins that cut down on

your cravings. Try to get at least 30 minutes of physical

activity every day.

– Use moderation. Instead of stuffing yourself with every kind of

food hoping that your craving will go away, eat 100 to 200

calories of your “craved” food.

– Substitute with low-fat foods and complex carbs. If you’re

hungry for chocolate, eat non-fat chocolate yogurt. Try fig bars

or raisins for a sweet craving.

– Never skip a meal. Eat every three to five hours. Try six

smaller meals or regular meals with nutritious snacks.

– Understand that hunger craving are oftentimes stress related.

Practice other ways to treat chronic stress – a walk in the park,

spiritual connections, a cozy fireplace, baths…all these

stimulate neurochemicals that activate regions of the brain that

stimulate pleasure. Relaxation techniques may work by reducing

the psychological drives on stress output, which can be the root

causes of stress. Bottom line, substitute pleasurable experiences

for comfort foods.

– Beware of certain medications. They can stimulate appetite.

Drugs used for the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder

can be appetite stimulants. Other drugs, both prescription and

over the counter, may influence appetite as well. If you are on a

medication, and troubled by food cravings, discuss this with your

doctor or pharmacist. You may be able to find an alternative that

doesn’t send your cravings out of control.

– Distract Yourself. What’s that old expression…idle hands are

the devils workshop? Get busy. Do anything other than cave-in to

your desire for food, and keep doing it until the cravings


– One final thought, take a look inside your refrigerator and

kitchen cabinets and do some general “house cleaning.” Throw-out

all that unhealthy stuff that is waiting to sabotage your diet,

and start shopping more wisely. A little forethought and careful

planning will go a long way for improving your chances of


Eat wisely, be happy, and live long!

The information contained in this article is for educational purposes

only and is not intended to medically diagnose, treat or cure any

disease. Consult a health care practitioner before beginning any

health care program.

About the author:

Emily Clark is editor at Lifestyle Health News and Medical Health News
where you can find the most up-to-date advice and information on
many medical, health and lifestyle topics.

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