Kicking the Habit: 7 Ways to Curb Unhealthy Food Cravings

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Make A Goal
Why do you want to resist cravings anyway? Are you trying to lose a few pounds? Limit calories? Eat better foods? Whatever the reason, make a goal that will give you a ... more 
Photo by: iStock
Make A Goal
Why do you want to resist cravings anyway? Are you trying to lose a few pounds? Limit calories? Eat better foods? Whatever the reason, make a goal that will give you a good reason to resist. Research shows that focusing on that goal can keep the reward center of your brain from activating, which can calm your cravings.
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Thu, Jul 18, 2013 12:30 PM EDT
Somehow, with all the things I have to do, everything competing for my attention, the place my brain keeps going is to the kitchen. Specifically, to that box of crackers that I'd love to reach into but don't want to share with my kids. It's bad enough knowing the things I crave are generally on the wrong end of the "health food" spectrum, but the fact that they're keeping me from doing my job - taking care of my kids, making our house a nice place to be, helping us be mindful and healthy - makes it even worse. And then there's the regret I feel when I do succumb. But the good news is that cravings are generally a mental problem, which means you can overcome them if you know the right tactics to use. After all, if I were really just hungry, I'd be satisfied with anything, right? Keep this list handy so that next time the mid-afternoon munchies strike, you'll be able to strike back - while keeping your calorie intake, and your guilt levels, low. - By Lizzie Heiselt



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