That bad C word: Cravings

Some Ideas for Managing Cravings:

Step 1:  Know the difference between “Hunger” and “Craving”

Step 2: Identify WHY you are craving a certain food

Step 3:  Try a healthier version of the food to satisfy the desire.

Step 4:  Eat a small portion of the food you are craving.  PORTION CONTROL is the key.

Image from McDonalds.com

Image from McDonalds.com

This morning, I woke up with a huge craving for a McDonalds’ Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit.  In truth, I’ve been fighting this craving for two weeks, as I remember making biscuits one Saturday morning in an attempt to appease it in a mindful way.  It didn’t work.

Cravings that last two weeks…I fear what I will be like pregnant.

This is the last week of the Dietbet that I’m participating in, and I had a pretty indulgent weekend visiting some friends, so I wanted to really focus on eating healthy this week.  I need to lose .7 pounds for Dietbet.

Yesterday, I had a great day, both with food and fitness:  ate lots of fruits and veggies; drank lots of water; snuck in some extra activity by walking for 50 minutes during lunch.  Then last night, I didn’t sleep well.  I woke up at 2:30 and could not fall back asleep until after 4.  Needless to say, I opted to sleep a little more rather do the 30-Day Shred this morning (but I WILL do it first thing when I get home from work).

I almost ran by McDonalds this morning on my way to work, but was able to talk myself out of it – for a couple of reasons.  While I don’t believe that any food is off limits, as long as I practice portion control, I realize I want it today just because I am not feeling my best.  I want to eat my sleep deprivation – but eating crap will just make me feel crappier.  Another reason I didn’t give in is because I know that nothing I could eat will be as good as I’ve got it built up to be in my mind.  Not only will I be disappointed in how it tastes, I will then be disappointed that I wasted those calories.  And then the final reason is because its 420 calories, 23 grams of fat (12 of which are the bad saturated fat), and 1130 mg of sodium.  That’s a ton of saturated fat and sodium for one little biscuit.  I can buy the frozen kind with a third less of all of those things – calories, fat, and sodium.

I pretty sure that just destroyed the craving…at least for today.

If you have any tips or advice on how to fight cravings, PLEASE SHARE!!

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