The Achilles heel of dieters everywhere.
You have a "perfect" day of eating and then the image of a sweet chocolate treat floats into your mind and you can't get it to go away!
You rationalize with yourself that it's okay to have it. You ate good today, you took the stairs at work, you stood on one foot while you brushed your teeth, you convince yourself that you "deserve" it. You eat the chocolate. Then you feel guilty.
The sweet tooth sounds nice, but it's naughty. So let's fight it! Let's fight that sweet tooth!!!
Are you with me?
<insert blog readers shouting "yes" from their homes>
Here's the first thing you need to know about the sweet tooth. When you first try to ignore him it's hard...nearly impossible. But his allure becomes less the longer you resist. Stave him off for a few days and you'' hardly even miss his sugar sweetness.
Here's our list of tips for fighting off a killer sweet tooth:
- Sheer will power.
- The first 3 days of changing your habits are the hardest. Know that and use the other tips below to not give in for the first 3 days. It WILL get easier after that.
- Distract yourself
- Research shows that cravings last 10 minutes. If you can distract your mind that long then you can push through it. Go for a walk, check email/twitter, play a game on your phone, do a quick clean of your house.
- I will play a game with myself by saying, "Once you put away the laundry you can have a treat." By the time that's done I usually don't want it anymore. I just keep finding ways to keep busy and eventually Mr. Sweet Tooth leaves me alone.
- Drink Water
- It's easy to mistake hunger for thirst. Chug a glass and then see how you feel.
- Pack Healthy Snacks
- In your car, your purse, your office have a healthy snack you can grab. Think an apple, 100 calorie luna bar, mixed nuts, baby carrots.
- Eat More Earlier in the Day
- Often times if you don't eat enough during the day then you are with good reason hungry at night...it's almost impossible to fight cravings if you are in a genuine calorie deficit. Make sure you eat well-balanced meals during the day and you will notice less hunger at night.
- Think About It
- Before you grab a chocolate, cookie, handful of chips think about these 2 things: 1. Do I really want this? 2. Is there a better choice I can make?
I am a bad night snacker. I like to sit on the couch with popcorn or chocolate chips or a small bowl of dry cereal. I just like to nibble. I'm never hungry, but it became a habit. I haven't had any night treats since I took a focused step towards clean eating. Now I don't crave it as much. That's progress.
One final word, it's often recommended to chew gum to avoid cravings. This does work, however I am not a fan of the artificial sweeteners in gum. Charissa wrote a great post about gum this week. If the gum technique helps you try brushing your teeth, a peppermint, or gum with natural sugars.
I can already feel sweet tooth's across the planet feeling scared! You have the knowledge, you can the tools, YOU CAN DO THIS!
Love and feeling powerful,
Carissa & Kyle