Darren Smith

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Managing food cravings

Dieting Psychology
However good our intentions, when a food craving strikes it can be a real test of our willpower, especially if we are feeling a bit emotional or stressed and are in need of some comfort. Here are a couple of suggestions to help keep the cravings at bay:

• Don't go hungry - it'll just make things worse! Rather than avoid eating altogether, look to eat a healthier high-fibre snack in place of the unhealthy option that you crave. • Drink water - water is filling & can trick your body into thinking it's satisfied. • Find a distraction - go for a walk, have a swim, call a friend, listen to music, basically any activity to take your mind off your craving. • Chew some chewing gum - sugar-free chewing gum works for some people, just don't go overboard as too much will make you ill. • Brush your teeth - for some people, the minty fresh feeling in their mouth after cleaning their teeth seems to help get rid of cravings. • Reduce temptation - avoid buying the unhealthy food that you crave! If it is not readily available in your fridge or kitchen pantry, you are less likely to crave it. • Set a time limit - try holding off for 30 minutes and find something to distract you in the meantime. Chances are, the craving will have passed once the time's up. • Have a small portion - as a last resort, give in, but do it the smart way: have a small portion and reduce your calorie intake later to stay on track. If you have any other tricks for dealing with cravings, feel free to share!

Manoj Dube

Water works for me

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