Hey there! As you know I like to participate in a weekly chat with Jess and Jill called The Fit Dish. I love the healthy living encouragement and amazing conversations starters they post weekly. This week they asked:
“How do you overcome unhealthy temptations or cravings?”
Well, this is a perfectly fantastic question. I think if I had this figured out I would have a six pack! 😉 I definitely cave more than I would like, but here are a few ways I deal with unhealthy temptations.
- Keep the junk out of the house. I can spare myself so much willpower if I use it at the store to shop smart and not bring unhealthy food home. Or if I bake something unhealthy I try to do it when I know I can take it someplace like a party or I send it to work with Nate.
- Keep the junk out of site. If I do buy treats it is most likely for Nate so I try to get those snacks out of my line of site. They’re on the bottom shelf and my healthy snack bars, nuts, and dates are right in front.
- Drink a big glass of water. Sometimes “snacky” is actually thirsty so I try to drink a big cup or water or a mug of tea before reaching for some “junk”.
- Eat a piece of fruit and healthy fat (nuts or nut butter). These are my go-to snacks and sometimes just eating something else healthy helps.
- Create a healthy version of your craving to enjoy. I crave pizza; I can’t eat greasy Pizza Hut every week so I make my own whole wheat pizza topped with delicious veggies, chicken, pesto and a light sprinkle of cheese. Perfect!
- Answer your craving. If I’m craving chocolate I’d rather have a piece of dark chocolate or brownie and really enjoy it. Savor it, eat it without guilt and move on. Have a small, but satisfying portion of what you’re craving and really enjoy it–treat yourself!
- Don’t try to answer your craving with something else. If I want ice cream but instead I eat popcorn and then find myself snacky again, and have a snack bar and then finally “cave” and eat a bowl of ice cream and feel guilty. It would have been much better for me to answer the craving with a delightful, but reasonable portion–really enjoy it and move on without feeling ashamed or guilty.
- Keep perspective. Honestly, most cravings aren’t really about the food. Sometimes it’s about craving what the food represents: control, reward, soothing, relaxation, not the actual food. Often I’m craving an emotional response like feeling calm or deserving, or seraching for an outlet for anger or stress. Cravings are complicated because they have to do not just with our taste buds but with our brains! So trying to stop and think about why I want something is so important to overcoming food temtpations.
I’m definitely not perfect, but these strategies help me! Eating healthy while simple is really hard! But nothing worth doing comes easy, right?!
Okay, going to wrap up today by sharing my meal and exercise plan for the week. I was stoked to get in 5 workouts last week–3 ripped in 30 and 2 runs! Whatup!
Meal Plan for the Week:
Tuesday: Chicken Noodle Soup
Wednesday: Mini Italian Meatloaves
Thursday: Turkey and Black Bean Chili
Friday: Burgers with lean ground beef
Saturday: Marinated Chicken Breasts (just throwing it all in the crockpot!)
All this food sounds soo good! Lots of cozy things to eat; just the way I like it. I love pairing soup and salad on winter evenings for dinner or soup and a baked potato.
Workout Plan for the Week:
Monday: Ripped in 30 Week 3
Tuesday: 2.5-3 mile run
Wednesday: Ripped in 30 Week 3
Friday: Ripped in 30 Week 3
Saturday: 3 mile run
Ripped in 30 is killer. Like literally the hardest workout I think I’ve ever done and I’m mostly doing the modifiers only. I think I’m going to repeat Weeks 3 twice before moving on to Week 4. I literally can’t imagine how it can get harder. With that being said I am SO proud when I finish and I’ve seen more stamina on my runs which is awesome! It’s fun to push!
Have a great Tuesday, friends!
Tell me, do you experience intense cravings for any food? How do you handle unhealthy temptations?
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