|7 Ways To Stop
Craving Junk Food by NESHMIA
Stop yourself from reaching for that chocolate bar by following these seven steps designed to stop 99 per cent of cravings before they start and help you muzzle the 1 per cent that never seem to shut up
1. Ramp Up Your Resolve
One reason most diets fail is that long-term goals can be deceptively difficult. When the plan is to watch what you eat for the next six months, chugging one caramel latte with whipped cream seems like a minor slip. To avoid that kind of thinking, commit to eating well for a fixed amount of time that you're 100 per cent confident you can manage, even if it's just a few days.
Once you make it to your goal date, start over. This establishes the notion that you can be successful and gives you a chance to notice that eating better makes you feel better, reinforcing your desire to continue.
2. Find Meaningful Motivation
If the main purpose of your diet is cosmetic i.e., to look amazing in your new attire – you're unlikely to stick with it for the long haul.
The solution: Arm yourself with additional motivators. Keep a daily journal in which you monitor migraines, heartburn, acne, sores and sleep quality in addition to body measurements and the number on the scale. Discovering that your new diet improves the quality of your life and health is powerful motivation.
3. Move On After A Mistake
OK, you overindulged. What's the next step? Forget about it, one meal doesn't define your diet, so don't assume that you've failed or fallen off the wagon.
Institute a simple rule: Follow any cheat meal with at least five healthy meals and snacks. That ensures that you'll be eating right more than 80 per cent of the time.
4. Roll Out Of Bed And Into The Kitchen
Sure, you've heard this advice before. But consider that if you sleep for six to eight hours and then skip breakfast, your body is essentially running on fumes by the time you get to work. And that sends you desperately seeking sugar, which is usually pretty easy to find. The most convenient foods are typically packed with sugar such as doughnuts and lattes or other quickly digested carbohydrates like cinnamon buns.
5. Restock Your Shelves
How many times have you driven to the store in the middle of the night to satisfy a craving? Probably not nearly as often as you've raided the fridge. You're more likely to give in to a craving when the object you desire is close at hand. So make sure it's not: Toss the junk food and restock your cupboard and fridge with almonds and other nuts, cheese, fruit and vegetables, and canned tuna, chicken and salmon. And do the same at work.
By eliminating snacks that don't match your diet and providing plenty that do, you're far less likely to find yourself at the doughnut-shop drive-thru or the vending machine.
6. Think Like A Biochemist
Cookies made with organic cane juice might sound like something your yoga teacher would eat, but they won't help her fit into her pants. Junk food by any other name is still junk. Natural sweeteners like honey raise blood sugar just like the white stuff. If you're going to eat cookies, accept that you're deviating from your plan, and then revert to your diet afterward. Kidding yourself will only get you into trouble.
7. Spot Hunger Impostors
Have a craving for sweets even though you ate just an hour ago? Imagine sitting down to a large, sizzling steak instead. "If you're truly hungry, the steak will sound good, and you should eat. If it doesn't sound good, your brain is playing tricks on you. Change your environment, which can be as easy as stretching at your desk or turning your attention to a different task.
It's Orange Season!
Family Name: Citrus sinensis
Birthplace: Asia, 2000 B.C.
Residence: Orange groves and fruit baskets
Occupation: Cold and flu warrior
Vital Statistics: One medium orange provides 117 per cent of your RDA for vitamin C. This pulpy fruit also has 237 milligrams potassium, which helps maintain normal blood pressure and muscle function. Eat it and feel full – it ranks as one of the most filling fruits per calorie. For maximum juice, choose oranges that feel heavy.
Loves: Getting squeezed at juice bars and being tossed in salads.
Hates: Imposter orange drinks, which contain no actual orange juice; being relegated to the refrigerator and forgotten (store them in your fruit bowl and place in full view on the fridge or dining table instead).
A Better White
According to an international study, eating fruits that have white flesh, such as apples and pears, is associated with a lower incidence of stroke. Researchers examined fruit and vegetable consumption relative to stroke incidence over a 10-year period. They found that study participants who consumed an average of more than 171 grams per day of white fruits and vegetables had a 52 per cent lower risk of stroke than participants who consumed an average of less than 78 grams per day. Apples and pears comprised 55 per cent of the white fruits and vegetables group; other "white" foods included cucumbers, cauliflower and banana.