Food cravings are often symbolic
of something that your body is craving, or is deficient on. It also sometimes
occurs as a result of a deep seated impulse after facing a situation or an
emotion you can't seem to handle. Whatever may be the case, we've just bought a
set of super easy tips and tricks to handle these cravings.
Choose a healthier substitute:
Sound's easy, but it's difficult.
Not really. You just need to trick your mind into avoiding the high-sugar,
high-fat and high-sodium foods without compromising on the taste. For instance,
if you are desperately craving for something sweet, instead of grabbing a
cupcake or a bar of chocolate, switch to a couple of dates-they are loaded with
natural sugars. Grapes, prunes and raisins are good substitutes too!
Similarly, when salt is on your
mind, go for a dill or a carrot pickle. They don't let you indulge in a huge
amount of salt since you probably won't be able to eat more than a couple of
times, and give you that crunch and salty taste without the fat and calories of
a bag of salted chips.
For cream lovers, switching the
cream cheese for a dollop of low fat yogurt may help. You could experiment
adding fruits to it for a sweet flavor, or add crushed garlic to it for a
savory twist, which works great with crunchy veggies as a dip.
A broken heart is the number one factor for an unhealthy
indulgence. If you don't believe it, don't be surprised to find yourself, or
someone close to you, rummaging through the kitchen shelves when facing
something you can't really control.
So the next time you've faced an
opposition from someone close, or having a tough time dealing with your boss,
find an alternate and waist-friendly way to find comfort. Try yoga, listen to
some music, take a relaxing bath with aromatherapy oils or just play with your pet.
Talking to an old pal also has similar benefits to gobbling down a cheesecake
or a tub of ice-cream when you're feeling low.
Cleanse your palate:
This is probably one of the best mind tricks
to avoid indulging in something unhealthy that you crave. Whenever you feel an
urge coming up, just pop a couple of mints, or even better, just brush your
teeth. The minty flavor left in your mouth after these activities will make
anything you crave, yes anything, taste bad. Really bad.
That way, you're less likely to
indulge in something that may be harmful for your body.
Surprised? Don't be. There are low-fat and
low-calorie substitutes for practically everything you love, coming up in the
market, all thanks to technology. So don't waste it, put it to use.