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Cravings – Win the Will Power Battle

September 25, 2010

 

Curbing your cravings starts with making some tough decisions and changes in the way you eat, every time you eat, until you have changed your eating habits for life. Unfortunately, will power has its limitations.  Sometimes the siren song of all of the things that you know you should not eat is just too much to bear.  We all have foods that we crave and many of us (including myself) have an especially difficult time resisting that craving from time to time.

So what do you do?  Fall off of the wagon and use lack of will power as an excuse to go on a cookie rampage?  Of course not.  Below are a few tips that I personally use to kill late night eating and cravings throughout the day.

1.  Eat more fat during the day.  Yes you read right.  Increasing your healthy fat intake can make you feel full and reduce the urge to eat when you shouldn’t.  Avocados are an excellent choice and a small handful of walnuts are my go to crave buster.  Nut butters are great with a few sticks of celery – just make sure the nut butter you choose does not have any added sugar or salt.  I prefer almond butter.  I also don’t hold back on the balsamic vinaigrette on my spinach salads.  If you make your own, use organic extra virgin olive oil as the main ingredient. 

Low carb eating requires a higher amount of fat, this is necessary and healthy.  You can not eat low carb and low fat.  Even if you are on a clean eating plan …adding in healthy fat is important.

2.  Crunch this, not that.  there are plenty of options to satisfy the urge for something crunchy without devouring a bag of potato chips.  Celery is my favourite option.  I’ve also found carrots, thickly sliced cucmbers and bell peppers are great when I want to crunch.  And of course a nice crisp apple is an excellent choice.  Give Kale chips a try too.  Simply slice kale like below and lay out on a baking sheet.  You can add a bit of olive oil and/or sea salt and bake on a low temperature for about 5 to 10 minutes.  Just be sure to watch the chips while they bake so they don’t get over cooked.  Also make them fresh and storing in a plastic bag will not keep them for very long.

3.  Get some sweetness.  Many of us have a seemingly uncontrollable sweet tooth.  When you can’t fight the urge any longer, I recommend a piece a fruit as your first line of defense.  And go with the really sweet fruits at first.  Pineapple, banana, cantaloupe, mango and watermelon will give you the sweet taste you are craving, without pilling on the calories.  But be warned, I have seen clients have trouble losing weight when these foods are eaten in very large quantities.  So have just enough to satisfy your craving and then be done with it.

4.  Dark Chocolate.  Need I say more?  I love dark chocolate!  I eat a small piece almost every day.  You will want to select a good quality bar.  I am a fan of Green & Black’s organic fair trade and try to select a chocolate with at least a 70% cocoa content.  I now eat 85%.  This chocolate I found at organic world at the most reasonable price. 

5.  Drinks.  Load up on natural teas and water and toss out sugary sodas.  They may be highly addictive and not having any around is the best way to not have them.  Water with lemon is best for your tummy. 

Remember…nothing tastes as good as lean feels!  And to get lean, you have to stay away from the salty and sugary snacks that you might crave.  But when the craving becomes too much, you have options before reaching for the junk food.  Instead, increase your healthy fat intake, eat veggies that crunch and fruits that are sweet.  Reward yourself for your efforts with a little piece of dark chocolate.

Your coach, Michelle  778-241-3814

RAW Fitness – train smart, train hard.

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