4 Tips To Help You Curb Your Cravings


The world we live in full of desires. Whether you can’t resist that extra slice of bacon with breakfast, an extra coffee in the afternoon or one glass of wine too many in the evening, we all have our cravings. However, keeping on top of them is essential for a healthy life and healthy mind. Here are some tips designed to help you curb your cravings.

Recognise that you want that thing

Understanding and taking the time to recognise that you are having a craving can be a significant first step to kicking the habit. Everyone has something that they would like to stop doing, whether that is hoarding items from they were children, eat better food, or watch less TV, identifying that you want to make a change is one of the hardest parts – so well done for making it this far! However, if you ever need additional support or if your situation is more serious, then you should seek professional help. Services like Compass Recovery can help you through this, and you will see a better person come out the other end.

Have an alternative

If you have a craving for chocolate, then perhaps you could replace it with a healthier alternative such as carrot sticks or rice crackers (even chocolate ones). These substitutes are better for you, and if you make the same motions as you would when consuming chocolate, you will begin to associate the same feeling for carrots as chocolate. Having an alternative means that instead of falling off the wagon you can instead try to turn your bad habit into something useful – such as eating healthy carrot sticks.

Remove yourself from the situation

If you identify that you are struggling, then removing yourself from the situation is one of the best ways to wrangle back control over your cravings. This can apply to seeing an all you can eat buffet if you are trying to lose weight or spending time with a friend who smokes when you are trying to quit. If what you are craving is no longer around you, then you are going to be able to control yourself a lot easier. Not entering a situation which you know you will struggle with is also a good idea. For example, don’t visit restaurants with an all you can eat buffet. This way you won’t find yourself in a situation where you feel yourself losing control, and you won’t need to remove yourself from the position in the first place.

Set Yourself Goals and Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself

By setting yourself goals and gradually reducing that thing that you crave, you can more easily get over it rather than going full-on cold turkey. Instead of cutting out chocolate from your diet, instead slowly reduce the amount you eat over a few weeks. Also if you do fall off the wagon and go full on chocolate monster, don’t be too hard on yourself. You are only human and what you need to do instead is pick yourself up and try again. This time remember what happened to get you back on the chocolate and learn from it. With time you will find that you can kick your cravings and you will feel mentally and physically healthier.

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