So, it was Halloween last night and if you didn’t allow the Switch Witch to come to your house, you may now have a very large bag of temptation hiding in your house somewhere.
Guess what…. temptations exist all year, so this is nothing new. What is new is how you deal with it. Whether or not you are in the middle of a weight loss journey, keeping cravings at bay can be beneficial for everyone. If we lived in a perfect world cravings wouldn’t exist, and we wouldn’t have to worry about resisting the temptation- but that’s not reality.
Let’s review some tips and tricks to deal with them:
1. Eat every 3-4 hours so cravings are kept at bay.
2. Try for a healthier version of your craving, such as these:
a. Chips: Make your own in the oven or air fryer
b. Fruity Candy: Smart Sweets or twizzlers
c. Chocolate: Look for Hersheys’s Special Dark candy, Peanut or crispy M&M’s, or Three Musketeer
d. Pizza: Make some of your own Zucchini Pizza bites or order the Pacific Veggie Pizza on thin crust with Premium Chicken from Dominos FYI -( A serving is only 1/8 of the pizza)
e. Burger: Make one at home with lean ground beef
f. Fries: Baked sweet potato fries or get a Five Guys Little Burger- skip the fries! g. Soda: Sparkling water or Zevia
h. Ice Cream: Try Skinny cow ice cream sandwiches or Yasso Salted Caramel Bars
3. Stick to one serving. Don’t gorge on snacks and portion them out BEFORE you have the craving.
4. Try to schedule when you will enjoy something that is not on your plan, so you don’t go overboard
5. Make sure you are sticking with the 80/20 rule to prevent yourself from appeasing cravings too often. Here is a visual of what that looks like:
It is always best to avoid eating foods that are not as close to the natural source as possible, however we realize that people have cravings and will not always eat the way you are supposed to- so that’s why we have provided these options. We do not claim that these are food you should consume, but that they could be better options than what many people would choose for themselves or their children.
Just remember, have something, keep it in moderation, and get right back on track DO NOT SNOWBALL into another meal, day, weekend, or week. ONE AND DONE!!!