Mind Your Cravings

If sugar plum fairies are already dancing in your head, then it’s time to twist your imagination away from cookies and candy and towards ideas to conquer your cravings. Plan ahead so that when you encounter cookie baskets, candy bowls or gingerbread houses, you stand a fighting chance to resist. 

  1. Don’t show up hungry! If you are already hungry, it will be almost impossible to resist. 

  2. Plan to avoid the “I’ll have one” idea. You crave what you eat, so if you have one cookie, it will just strengthen your desire for another. 

  3. Deal with stress. Stress is a huge trigger for cravings and leaves your guard down.

  4. Distract yourself. Cravings usually last about 10 minutes. Once you avoid temptation, focus on something else. Pet the dog, get into a conversation or have a big glass of water. 

Don’t beat yourself up if you falter. It’s not a failure if you indulge, just plan to make a different decisions next time

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”   Victor Frankl