14 Ways To Stop Food Cravings

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We all know the desire to give into our sweet tooth — we need sweets and we need them NOW! Nasty cravings seem to appear when we least expect them or right when the chocolate drawer runs empty. But today I have an emergency plan so you can be prepared in the future:

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1. Tense your whole body right when your appetite is stimulated

Clench your left fist and flex your bicep. This prompts the brain to make more rational decisions and helps you to abstain from sweets.

2. Let the sun warm your heart

A ravenous appetite often develops because of a lack of serotonin. Our mood sinks and we grab candy and other sweets. Sunshine brightens up your mood and minimizes the risk of binge eating.

3. Eat breakfast and avoid cravings

When you eat breakfast, your body releases hormones that regulate your appetite for the rest of the day.

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4. Still a ravenous appetite with tea

Hot, unsweetened tea can be very soothing for your stomach and can ease the craving sensation in a flash.

5. Starving yourself before festive days or holidays is not an option

Doing this increases cravings and then uncontrolled binge eating is inevitable.

6. Meditate!

It helps you cope with stress, which is often the cause of these seemingly insatiable attacks.

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7. Cool off your palate

An ice-cold sensation in your mouth works wonders against cravings. Feel some cravings coming on? Just suck on an ice cube.

8. Satisfy your urges with vitamins

Instead of chocolate or other sweet stuff, eat a handful of dried fruits. This way your body receives not only the sweetness you’re seeking, but also precious vitamins and minerals.

9. Don’t skip meals

Try to eat your meals regularly, even if it is stressful to fit them in sometimes. That way sneaky binge eating attacks are less likely to catch you by surprise.

10. Drink it away

Coffee or green tea can reduce your appetite and also boost your metabolism.

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11. Brush your teeth

When cravings show up, immediately brush your teeth. Your brain receives the signal that mealtime is over. Even if you are tempted to take a bite, it won’t taste good with that fresh, cool flavor of mint in your mouth.

12. Up amino acid intake

The longing for sweet stuff might actually indicate a deficiency of certain amino acids like tryptophan. Integrate cheese, turkey, sweet potatoes or spinach into your diet because they provide you with this amino acid that works to minimize your chronic appetite.

13. Postpone indulging your sweet tooth

When a craving sets in, set an alarm for 10 minutes and distract yourself immediately. Try singing, dancing, showering, anything really … when the alarm goes off the craving is gone – I promise.

14. Trick your craving

Take your forefinger and tenderly press the point between your nose and your upper lip for a minute. The light pressure tells your brain to stop the cravings.

Which anti-craving strategies work for you?

Bye for now,

Vera

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Vera Schwaiger Vera studied dietetics & psychotherapy. She lives her life according to what Einstein once said: "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." View all posts by Vera Schwaiger »

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