1. Eat Breakfast
Even if you overate the night before of you have been on a bad-eating bender, wake up with the intentions to eat better and eat breakfast. Of course, if you are still stuffed from the night before, listen to your body and hold off on eating for a little bit, but if you wake up hungry, feed yourself. This will help with overeating and snacking later on in the day when you’ve hit the point of hunger where you will eat anything that comes in your line of sight.
2. Include Healthy Fats in your Meals
I know this is hard for many people to wrap their brains around; HEALTHY FATS WON’T MAKE YOU FAT! Obviously if you eat 3,000 calories of avocados in bed that will make you gain some fat, but don’t be afraid of the word “fat”. Fat helps you stay fuller for longer. So in your next meal include some avocado, olive oil, eggs, coconut oil, flax seed oil, etc. Here is a list of 20 amazing healthy fats to start incorporating into your diet!
3. Stay Hydrated
This is a BIG one. A lot of people have trouble differentiating whether they are hungry or thirsty. If you are like most people, you could eat all day and if you haven’t drank any water, you will still feel hungry. Carry around a water bottle and sip on it throughout the day. Aim for drinking about 2 liters of water a day (1/2 gallon). Up this amount if you are working out, taking baths, sitting in a sauna/in the sun, or anything else that makes you sweat. This will also help flush out bad toxins and give you glowing skin and de-bloat you. Add chia seeds, fresh fruit, and cucumber to your water for added health benefits!
4. Utilize Cacao and Smoothies
If you crave sweets, cacao and smoothies are a solid option to nip that craving in the bud. Make sure you are using a cacao powder or smoothie recipe that has no added refined sugars! Make a protein smoothie. Cut up some strawberries and bananas, add almond milk and a little bit of honey, blend it all up and BAM. Goodbye cravings! Plus when you have something healthy and sweet to sip on you are less likely to feel like munching down on something like candy or chips!
5. Eat a Balanced Diet
I am not into counting macronutrients (fats, carbohydrates, and protein) to the tee, but knowing what foods contain which macronutrient is crucial to curbing those cravings. If you eat primarily fats and carbs in your diet, your body tends to crave sugar in excess. Your body is smart, so when you are lacking a certain macronutrient it will tell you in the form of cravings. Make sure every meal you have a good balance between the three macronutrients.
6. Snack on Raw Veggies
This one is going to be hard for some people. The idea of sitting at your desk munching on celery is not that appealing, but I promise it is worth it! A lot of the time you don’t even want anything to eat, but your body wants to be munching on something. Carrots, celery, cucumbers, and bell peppers are a perfect snack. Try this yummy cucumber recipe next time you are craving something savory!
7. Eat at a Dining Table
There has been research done that if you lay in bed or sit on the couch with a bag of chips, the next time you get in bed or plop down on the couch, you will want chips. Think about it, it is so true. So, avoid eating at places other than the kitchen table. Again, your body is smart. Once you accept that your mind works in ways that you can’t even notice, you will be able to tackle your cravings once and for all.
8. Organize and Prepare Healthy Snacks
This is a BIG one as well. If you have healthy snacks prepared and ready to go, you will be more likely to grab them instead of the closest candy bar or donuts from the break room. Set yourself up for success. For endless snack ideas, head to Pinterest and search “Healthy Snacks on the Go”. I am telling you, Pinterest is a life saver. If you are sick of your same boring snacks, I guarantee someone else has spruced them up or created new versions for you to try.
9. Find a Healthy Food you Love
Just because your favorite fitness/healthy inspiration guru eats avocado on toast doesn’t mean that you should make yourself eat it even if you don’t enjoy it. If you are forcing yourself to eat foods that you hate, you will almost always slip back into your old ways. If you find healthy foods you love and crave, it will be so much easier to tackle your Dorito and Snickers cravings. For me, I LOVE dark chocolate with sea salt and mango pineapple smoothies. If I have a craving for ice cream, I turn to smoothies to keep me on track.
10. Think about your Insides
This is by far my FAVORITE tip. We tend to think about our outsides far more than our insides when it comes to eating healthy. Our mindset tends to lean on the “will this salad make me skinny” or “will this burger go straight to my thighs” side FAR more than it leans on the side of “will this banana make my liver work properly” or “will this ice cream make my body happy”. Change your mindset and visualize what the food you are consuming is doing to your body. Processed foods take a harsh toll on your digestive system. They are not a natural food, so your body has to work overtime to digest them. Be good to your insides and think about your colon instead of your abs for a little while.