Cravings: How to Get Through the Crunch Times

pushing away sweets and cravings

Cravings can derail us just when we think we’re doing so well. It might be a deadline rapidly approaching at work. Maybe you’re juggling a full schedule between the kids’ after school programs and your own work. The last thing you can imagine is taking some time for yourself right now. It’s usually uncomfortable feelings like these that drive us to our comfort foods.

So how do we get back on track?

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In the meantime, here are a few tips to get you through the crunch times:

  • Make sure you don’t have your favorite sweet in the house.
  • Drink a large glass of water—we are often thirsty when we think we want to eat.
  • Change your activity. It may be time for a break if you have been working. Take a walk or do some yoga stretches—anything to break the routine.
  • Ask yourself if you are really hungry or if you are bored, lonely, anxious, tired or some other unpleasant feeling that has surfaced. What is causing that feeling? Then respond to the real need.
  • Tell yourself you can have a small portion of what you want, but first you need to go through the steps above. Then, if you really want it, take a small portion and put the rest away. Savor it and move on. Don’t beat yourself up!
  • Make sure you don’t have your favorite sweet in the house.
  • If all else fails, get a buddy/coach you can call who can talk you through that critical period. The buddy system also works well to help you build new habits together.

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