Conquering Cravings Part III

Remember The Land Before Time?  I was 8 when it came out and LOVED it.  Did you know that it was followed by TWELVE direct to video musical sequels?  They are pretty much all on Netflix right now and my kids are loving them.  I, on the other hand…not so much.  As with all too many sequels these days, they definitely should have quit while they were ahead (Tokyo Drift, anyone??).  Hopefully this conquering cravings issue does not take the same path.

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I will readily admit I am not the most technically savvy person, nor am I up on the latest trends by any means.  I mean, don’t judge me but I don’t even have a smart phone!  So it took me awhile to realize I was not utilizing Pinterest to its fullest capacity.  I was pretty much just following my friends, but then one day I wanted to pin a recipe I saw in my Cooking Light magazine instead of ripping out the page and sticking it in my overflowing expandable file of recipes to try.

And it dawned on me…Cooking Light has its own Pinterest!  With almost 5,000 pins!  What a better method for organizing recipes!  So I quickly followed them, Health, Fitness, Clean Eating, and Eating Well magazines.  So many recipes to try, all digitally and more cleanly organized than my file, PLUS no monetary investment and no wasting of trees!  I am loving it.  Seriously.  Awesome.  I try to go to one of those when I want to avoid all the amazing looking baked goods people are pinning that have me salivating.

So tonight while looking at Health’s pins (avoiding lingering on a recipe for Salted Browned Butter Snickerdoodles), I saw an article, How the Pros Curb Cravings and figured I ought to share it with you since we have been talking about it so much.  They had some good ideas that we hadn’t talked about yet.

What non-friends have you found helpful to follow?

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Conquering Cravings

Aaron, my P90X obsessed hubby has recently started a Beachbody Challenge Group.  One of the members of the group said his main challenge to losing weight was his sweet tooth and his inability to control himself once he got a taste of the good stuff.  This is something I can DEFINITELY relate to!!  This is always my main challenge too.  I mean, how do you refuse this

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and choose this??  I know some of you could do it easily…that is why I wanted to make this post!  The other members of the challenge group have decided to give up sugar for the 90-day challenge to support him (and of course consequently help their own health and fitness goals).  And while I am far from perfect in this, I will share some tips that have helped me in the past.

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When a craving strikes:

1. Drink a huge glass of water to fill my belly quickly.
2. Brush my teeth (or put in a piece of gum if I am out)…that dessert never tastes as good when my mouth is minty fresh
3. Find a healthier substitute:
-fruit, naturally sweet and high in fiber
**bananas easily make me think I am eating a dessert, especially frozen and blended with a little milk…and maybe a little raw cocoa…and natural peanut butter…it’s practically ice cream!  These cookies are ridiculously easy, yet surprisingly tasty and wholesome–no added sugar or oil.
-protein bars or protein shakes are usually pretty sweet
4. Eat something healthy before going somewhere I know there will be temptation
5. Don’t put too severe of restrictions on myself that make it hard to be successful, i.e if I swear them off for too long, I will just binge when time comes to eat them again!  Instead, I build in a “cheat” day where I can have whatever I want which makes it easier for long term success.
6. Walk away from the kitchen!  Especially late at night when I am tired and weak!

Those are my thoughts for now before heading to bed.  What are some tips that you have for resisting those cravings??