Eat when Stressed? How to Stop Cravings

Eat when Stressed? How to Stop Cravings

 

Want to know how to stop cravings? If you have been struggling with this dilemma for awhile, it may seem that there is no way to overcome food cravings.  Don’t loose heart; there are ways to conquer those diet sabotaging urges to eat. If you implement some of the following ideas, you will without a doubt triumph over your cravings and gain control over your appetite.

Drink a Glass of Water

Sometimes, what we perceive as hunger is actually thirst from dehydration. The next time you are experiencing a food craving, try drinking a glass of water first. You might be surprised and find that the craving has gone away.

Try a Cup of Soup

Soup can fill you up in a healthy way. Broth based soups are usually low in calories and can supply you with the vitamins and minerals you need to keep cravings for unhealthy foods at bay.

Eat a Small Protein Snack

If you are craving sugary sweets, your blood sugar levels are probably out of whack. Giving into a craving for more sugar will just exasperate the problem. Try eating a small snack that is high in protein. Some examples of high protein snacks are; a small piece of cheese, a handful of nuts, a hard boiled egg.

Don’t Let Yourself Get Hungry

Don’t be tempted to skip meals. You need to eat healthy throughout the day to prevent unhealthy food cravings. Make sure you are eating every 3 to 4 hours. Plan your meals and snacks ahead of time so you are not tempted to reach for unhealthy food choices.

Eliminate White Foods from Your Diet

Eliminate as many white foods from your diet as possible. White foods are high starchy foods like white breads, pastas, pastries and white rice. These metabolize in the body very quickly and will cause a spike in blood sugar. The drop in blood sugar that follows is often the cause of food cravings.

Do Some Exercise

If you are eating because of stress, you have been using food as medicine. Eating does calm the nerves, but as you probably realize there can be side effects with this type of self medicating. If your eating has gotten out of control because of stress, you need to find a healthy substitute fast. One great way to ward off anxiety is to exercise. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated. Something as simple as a long walk or gentle yoga session will do wonders for soothing the nerves.

Learn to Quiet the Mind

If you’re feeling frazzled, don’t turn to junk food. Instead, learn to quiet your mind with healthier alternatives. There are many things you can do to sooth yourself without adding to your waistline. You could take a warm bubble bath, meditate for 15 minutes, read a good book or listen to your favorite music.

Now you have all of the the strategies you need to keep cravings from controlling you!