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Ways to Beat Those Food Cravings

Most people associate food cravings with pregnancy. You know those pickle and mustard sandwiches at 2 AM. But food cravings are just for the mother to be. We all experience them at one time or another and for some of itís just not healthy. There are ways to beat those cravings, bad eating habits and for some weight gain. Itís as simple as watching what you eat, when you eat and how much you eat. Letís take a look at some of the ways to put a stop to those stomach growling cravings.


Ways to Beat Those Food Cravings

The best way to avoid unhealthy cravings is to ensure youíre eating healthy foods throughout the day, beginning with breakfast. Be sure to eat some protein first thing in the morning along with some complex carbohydrates and fruit. Eating a good breakfast each day will help you remain full until lunch and help curb unhealthy cravings.

Many unhealthy food cravings are caused because your blood sugar level changes throughout the day after eating a good breakfast. Have a piece of fruit or another healthy snack between breakfast and lunch if you feel yourself getting hungry. In fact, having access to smart snacks like fruit, low-fat or fat-free yogurt, nuts, vegetable sticks or whole wheat crackers will help you avoid the unhealthy choices.

Eat six small meals per day rather than three larger ones. Eating more often will keep your blood sugar more level, which means you shouldnít have the cravings. Having regular small meals will also provide the energy you need to get through the day.

You may be surprised to know that dehydration can cause unhealthy food cravings. You may think youíre hungry when in fact your body needs fluids. Drink about two liters of water each day to keep yourself hydrated and less likely to mistake thirst for hunger.

Stay busy as much as possible. More often than not you get the worst cravings when youíre watching television or otherwise being sedentary. If you keep your hands busy you wonít have time to think about food. Write a letter to a loved one, take up crocheting or start a new craft to beat unhealthy cravings.

Another thing you can do which will nip unhealthy cravings in the bud is exercise. Not only does exercise keep you busy, it raises your metabolism which burns calories. Exercise also releases hormones which help control appetite. If you arenít hungry you wonít reach for unhealthy foods.

Substitute healthier foods for the unhealthy foods youíd like to eat. If youíre craving something crunchy, why not try celery sticks? Choose low-fat frozen yogurt or sorbet when you want a bowl of ice cream. Have a serving of sweet fruit rather than a candy bar if your sweet tooth is making itself known.

Brush your teeth or use mouthwash when you begin feeling the pang of cravings. You will be less likely to eat because youíve just cleaned your mouth. Your craving for sweets will also be lessened in a very short time.

If worse comes to worse and you canít beat the craving, give in but in moderation. Allow yourself to eat one measured serving of the food you want. Just donít go overboard with it. Instead of eating an entire bag of potato chips, choose a single serving size.

These are just a few tips that can help with that middle of night cravings. If you really want to stop that rush to the kitchen in a moment of weakness you must get serious and work hard at staying healthy. With these tips you can be well on your way of ending that 2 AM chocolate craving.


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