Coping with food cravings

December 10, 2010 by  
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Food cravings are probably the most important cause of overweight. We all know what it’s like to even consider doing without our favourite foods…

I’ve used a helpful technique on myself and with my clients for many years. It’s based on how to successfully ration addictive foods. Let’s take chocolate as an example. Here are the Don’ts:

  1. Don’t keep it in the house.
  2. Don’t keep it in the house.
  3. Don’t keep it in the house.

Now that is clear (I hope…), here are the ‘Do’s':

  1. Do decide on your chocolate ration. E.g. instead of 1 medium bar once a day, decide on one medium bar once a week.
  2. You may already have a favourite chocolate brand, but now you are going to look for an expensive, luxury brand instead, that you can only buy if you travel some distance to a special shop. Find one that you like as much as (or preferably more) than your usual brand.
  3. On the allocated Treat Day, travel to the special shop, buy exactly the ration you have decided on, and no more. You can eat it whenever you want.
  4. During the rest of the week, a hot chocolate drink can help you feel that you’ve had a treat. I make mine by whisking a teaspoon of cocoa powder into a cup of hot rice milk. It’s not the real thing but if you’re determined to let it take your mind off your cravings then it will. Ready-made hot chocolate powders tend to be high in sugar so try to use pure cocoa powder for this. Rice milk and almond milk are naturally sweet.

Is alcohol your downfall?

For most people, going out with friends means consuming a lot of drinks with them. Don’t forget there are lots of brands of alcohol-free or low-alcohol beer. Wine can be mixed with sparkling mineral water to make a spritzer. At home, it’s too tempting to finish off a bottle of wine just to avoid wasting it. So buy half-bottles instead of full bottles.

Linda Lazarides is Course Director of the School of Modern Naturopathy and author of eight books on health, nutrition and naturopathy.

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