We all have those foods that do it to us. Some of us like sweet and others like salty – but we all have foods that tempt us and sabotage our goals. I, myself, am a sweets girl. I could eat chocolate all day every day. Chocolate chip cookies? Cupcakes? Cake? Pastries? Ugh! My mouth is watering just thinking about all of the deliciousness. But the truth is, is that I have goals to reach and I never want to go back to that girl who was 40 pounds overweight and unhappy. I have a few strategies that I use when all I want to do is eat, and I wanted to share those strategies with you today with the hopes that they will help you in those tough times.
Before I start, let me clear something up. I do not believe in strict diets. I do not believe in starving yourself. I believe in a healthy balance and enjoying your favorite things in moderation. I allow myself 1 cheat meal and 1 dessert a week. I enjoy a small square of dark chocolate every night. I think it’s important for everybody to find this healthy balance so that they can continue on with the healthy habits throughout the rest of their life. Okay, back to the strategies.
- Chew a piece of mint gum. This works every single time. As soon as I’m chewing the gum, the craving has passed. I keep gum handy at all times for this purpose!
- Put up signs on my pantry. Sometimes, if I’m having a really hard time sticking to my plan, I will print out a motivational quote and tape it to the pantry door.
- Find something to keep me busy. Distractions are the best! If I can’t stop thinking about food, I’ll find something to clean or take Cole outside for a walk. Just getting out of the kitchen makes a big difference.
- Reach out to a friend. Our coaching community is fantastic for this. Whenever we are struggling or staring at a big chocolate cake in the break room, we text each other or post in our challenge groups for support. We’re all like “TELL ME WHY I SHOULDN’T EAT THIS” and everybody rallies around that person and reminds them of their goals. It works almost every time.
- Talk to myself. Yep… I talk to myself! Before I eat anything that isn’t in my plan, I try to ask myself some questions first. I heard this on The Chalene Show Podcast and I love it:
Ask yourself these two questions prior to touching anything: If I consume this, will I feel loss of control? If I consume this, will I feel shame, blame, and guilt? If you say yes, whatever is sitting in front of you does not work for you.
Now let’s be honest, these things don’t ALWAYS work for me, but they definitely help. There are still times where I destroy a bag of Dove chocolates before I even have time to think of any of these strategies. I’m human, after all. But these strategies have helped me to get to where I am today, and I am positive they can help you, too!
Do you use any strategies to help you with cravings? I would love to hear them!