We’ve all been there. Whether it’s that last slice of leftover birthday cake, the chocolate chip cookies your spouse brought home from work, or that bag of potato chips that’s calling to you from the pantry, temptation is staring you right in the face, and it’s hard to say no.
Some folks will tell you to try replacing your food cravings with low calorie good-for-you options such as carrot sticks. But let’s be honest, that never really works. No matter how many carrots you eat, your brain STILL demands the bad-for-you treat.
Don’t worry, we’re here to help. You CAN avoid scarfing down that sugar bomb—and the bad feelings that come with it—and it’s easier than you think. The name of the game is distraction. Change your focus and you can crush those food cravings.
25 tricks to crush food cravings
Following are 25 things you can do INSTEAD of eating that health-destroying disaster…
- Finally clean out that junk drawer in the kitchen.
- Take the dog for a walk.
- Rearrange your spices, and toss out any that have seen better days.
- Call that friend you’ve been meaning to get in touch with.
- Reorganize your sock drawer.
- Write a real letter to a friend.
- Organize your digital pictures, saving only the ones you really want to keep.
- Start a new book (or read a chapter in the one you’ve already started).
- Do 10 wall or counter push-ups (instructions here).
- Log on to YouTube and watch some funny animal videos.
- Clean out your email inbox.
- Wash your car.
- Do a crossword puzzle.
- Clean out your closet, purging anything you don’t wear anymore into toss or donate bags.
- Cut the grass, or rake the leaves, depending on what time of year it is.
- Watch an episode of your favorite TV show.
- Treat yourself to a mini shopping spree and buy those shoes you’ve been eyeing.
- Try out the adult coloring book craze.
- Write in your journal, or start one.
- Sing your favorite song at the top of your lungs (bonus points if you sing it into your hairbrush).
- Teach yourself the latest hot dance move (hint – you can usually find video instructions online… try Youtube.com).
- Find a new podcast to listen to.
- Sort through your magazines creating a keep, toss and donate pile.
- Do some deep breathing (instructions here).
- Vacuum all the rugs in the house.
Chances are, once you’ve tackled any one of the 25 distractions on this list (or another one of your own choosing) you’ll find that the craving has passed. But if it refuses to budge go ahead and indulge a little. Split the cookie with your spouse, take a couple of bites of the cake or have a few chips.
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