Ever wondered how to stop cravings and binge eating? Cravings can make life difficult. And they seem to creep up when you’re trying your best to stick to a healthy eating plan. This article will give you some practical tips to stop cravings and lose weight fast.
Stop Cravings and Binge Eating
I have come a long way on my health journey, but cravings are something that I still battle on a daily basis. Some days are better than others, but I am doomed to eat a whole pan of brownies or stuff my face with butter cream cupcakes when I don’t have a plan in place to keep my wild and unruly cravings at bay. I’ve done my fair share of binge eating, and it has definitely gotten me off track when it comes to my health goals.
That’s why I came up with a list of strategies to help me deal when I’m yearning for a jolt of sugar or a huge helping of gluten-infused white bread. While I still slip up on occasion (who doesn’t?), the following strategies have helped me overcome my cravings and binge eating time and time again. I hope they help you to learn how to stop cravings in their tracks.
How to Stop Cravings and Binge Eating
1. Drink a Glass of Water
I know. You already know this one. And you don’t like it because you hate drinking water. I understand, but the truth is that we are often simply thirsty and a bit dehydrated when we experience uncontrollable cravings. Don’t like plain water? Try my Lemon Coconut Detox Water or my Strawberry Coconut Lemonade to make this tip a whole lot tastier. Be sure that you only drink pure water that is free of chemicals such as fluoride and chlorine, which can cause a host of health problems. This simple tip can help to stop cravings and binge eating.
2. Ditch the Sugar, Grain, and White Carbs
Going grain-free is probably my top tip for preventing cravings. The more often you eat sugar and grains (which turn to sugar in your body), the more you will experience cravings. While the first few days may be difficult, replacing these foods in your diet with healthier alternatives will help to stop cravings in their tracks. Check out my Pinterest boards for great grain-free bread substitutes.
3. Get Checked Out For Nutritional Deficiencies
Many times our bodies are simply crying out for us to meet a nutritional need when we experience significant cravings. You may need to visit your doctor and have some blood work done to determine whether you’re lacking some essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D and/or iron. You can help to remedy any deficiencies naturally by striving to eat “the rainbow” of colorful veggies and fruit. Bonus: Taking care of any vitamin and mineral deficiencies will likely give you an energy boost!
4. Keep Temptations Far Away
This sounds so simple, but it works. Make sure that your environment (work, home, etc.) is a junk food-free zone. You can’t eat it if it isn’t there, right? I cannot keep any form of sugar in my home as it will call my name and force me to eat it. Surrounding myself with tasty and healthy food helps me to avoid binge eating.
5. Talk a Walk/Exercise
I’m sure you have heard this one too, and it’s for good reason. Not only is walking (or any other form of exercise) good for you, it also serves as a distraction from your cravings. By the time you’re finished sweating your cravings have likely subsided. And walking is free. Free is always in the budget.
6. Drink a Cup of Hot Tea
Good quality tea is full of great antioxidants and it helps to curb your appetite. So go ahead and pour yourself a cup. Just be sure to sweeten it with high-quality stevia (with no additives) or a bit of local honey.
7. Drink a High Quality Protein Shake
This strategy has helped to me avoid the sweet stuff when I’m at a restaurant and feeling tempted by the dessert menu. Knowing that I have a tasty and healthy shake waiting on me at home helps me to pass up sugar-filled desserts. Just make sure that you choose a high quality brand as many protein shakes are full of junk (artificial sweeteners, preservatives, etc.).
8. Use Essential Oils
If you haven’t heard by now, essential oils can be used for a wide variety of purposes. One of those purposes is to help stop cravings and binge eating so that you can lose weight. Yes, grapefruit essential oil may be a great appetite suppressant. To use, simply diffuse 2-4 drops into the air or place 1-2 drops in hands and inhale.
When using essential oils, it is imperative to understand that all oils are not created equal. Please be sure that you purchase therapeutic grade essential oils that are certified pure from a reputable source. Many oils found in stores and online are filled with cheap filler oils and some are even toxic. Please do your homework before using any essential oil brand. Please note that all essential oils are not intended to be used internally and some may cause sun sensitivity.
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So the next time cravings hit you hard, implement one or more of my tips regarding how to stop cravings so that you can lose weight.
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