Ladies, let’s face it. We’ve got the unfortunate blessing of cravings. I’m not saying men don’t crave food (calm down guys) because they do – but studies do show that women crave foods much more than men. That said, craving control can be nearly impossible and us gals have to stick together. So what did I do? I went on a mission to find the best things you can do to stop cravings in their tracks and avoid a crazy binge, I call it the “craving checklist”. Fellas, don’t worry, this will work for you too. Here goes.
What to do when hunger strikes
When you feel that emotional hunger, like you want to eat but your stomach isn’t physically hungry – it’s important that you learn how to identify and resolve it before it turns torturous. So first thing’s first, have your craving checklist nearby.
- Before anything else, drink a glass of water.
- Ask yourself how you’re feeling – Once you’ve identified this, it may have stiffened off your craving. If it hasn’t move on.
- Do a load of laundry, or some type of cleaning that takes 5-10 minutes.
- Call / text a friend. If they don’t answer right away, move on.
- Go for a short walk / run.
- Eat something with virtually no calories, like celery.
- Write down what’s going on in your head (journaling)
If you’re still hungry after all that, eat a small snack and move on with your day. If you’re still having cravings, drink another class of water and keep busy. It’s not easy to learn to control your cravings but with time and practice you can and will make it happen. Simply don’t allow yourself to give in immediately, try and interrupt yourself and redirect your attention to something more healthy that you won’t regret later.
How to deal after you’ve experienced a “binge”
Anyone who suffers from food control issues or any type of binging will know that guilty feeling of “ick” in your stomach. It’s enough to drive you to binge all over again if you’re not careful. So, what can you do after a binge to move on?
- Write down all of the things you love about you (it’s cheesy, but it works)
- Think about and discuss how all people make mistakes, and outline what you learned from this one
- Identify what triggered you to binge – stick a mental red flag on the trigger
If you don’t have one yet, get a support buddy! It’s important that you have someone by your side who’s willing to help you through your cravings and binging.