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10 Terrific Tips To Stop Those Junk Food Cravings
It happens to the best of us. One minute we are fine, the next, we find ourselves staring longingly at that chocolate cupcake a co-worker just brought in, and in less than a minute, we devour that cupcake like a starving dog. Later that day you feel so guilty and you look in the mirror wondering what the heck happened?
What happened was a food craving. And sometimes willpower just isn’t the answer. Your desires are fed by more than just that cupcake, but those dang this tastes so frickin good hormones called dopamine. When you eat these types of foods, it’s an euphoric rush of pleasure to your brain that, naturally, it wants to repeat over and over and over.
You don’t need stronger willpower, what you need is a plan. Here are the top 10 ways you can break this cycle and kick those cravings to the curb for good!
1. Keep Only Healthy Snacks on Hand
You know how this works. It doesn’t matter if you have cookies for the kids and fruit for you, when it comes to snack time, you will find some reason to dive into the cookie box. But if you go looking through your cabinets and find only healthy snacks, you really don’t have another option, do you?
Spend a little time going through your cabinets and frig and throw out every junky snack food you can find. Then, fill those spaces with health choices. You should feel a great sense of relief afterwards.
2. Drink Up
When you are dehydrated your body sometimes tells you it’s hungry, when it actually only wants water.
Allowing your body to become dehydrated is a sure way to find yourself standing in front of the vending machine trying to decide between peanut or plain M&M’s. Try your best to drink 8 glasses of water a day.
If you find that hard to swallow, in place of a few glasses of water try drinking some fruit water, or vegetable juice, or some tea. If you opt for a good cleansing tea you will tackle two issues at once! Red clover, chicory, burdock, dandelion are great tea options, while ginger makes the best detox tea.