DEALING WITH ADDICTIVE FOODS…
Food cravings impact a majority of humans and can potentially result in making unhealthy choices off of an impulse.
These uncomfortable feelings can often leave us turning to food as a quick fix. However, it does not have to be like this. We may not be able to control when these impulses come, but we can control how we handle them.
Check out these tips on how to deal with addictive food:
Pause. Before reaching into the cabinet and making an unhealthy choice, take a moment to pause and ask yourself why. Are you eating because you are hungry? If so, reach for a healthier option. Are you eating because you are bored? Remind yourself that eating will only temporarily occupy you, and opt for a different activity that will be more fulfilling. It is also the perfect time to implement Stop. Challenge. Choose! Addictive foods can seem like the best solution to many situations on first thought, so taking a moment to pause, and practice Stop. Challenge. Choose, is beneficial to stopping impulse eating.
WAIT IT OUT. Cravings for addictive foods may feel intense in the moment, but are typically brief. Rather than immediately acting on your craving for an unhealthy choice, give it a moment to pass. During this moment, remember your personal health goals and remind yourself that unhealthy choices are obstacles in between you and achieving these goals.
REMOVE THE TEMPTATIONS . The simplest yet most challenging solution to giving up addictive foods, is to remove them. When the impulse to make an unhealthy decision comes, you will not be able to act on it. Rather than having a cabinet full of unhealthy options, fill your cabinet with Fuelings so that healthier choices will be available. Although it can be difficult not to pick up your favorite unhealthy snack at the store, remember that they are an obstacle between you and your personal health goals.
USE YOUR SUPPORT SYSTEM. In a moment of weakness, a quick text or phone call to a family member or a member of the Program Community could serve as a distraction while the moment passes as well as remind you of your personal health goals.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT. The more conscious you are about what you put into your body, the easier it will be to make healthy choices