Do you have a sweet tooth? Struggle with snacking?
Everyone has their cravings. Some don’t have trouble with candy but love sugary drinks. Others can do without the sweets but need their chocolate fix.
If you’re like me, you get a craving and you try and resist but you know where the chocolate chips are hiding in the back of the pantry.
The thought is that maybe just a few will fix the craving instead of resisting so long you’re convinced you need the whole bag. A few turns into a few handfuls turns into there goes half the bag!
Here are a few hacks to curb the snacking:
1. Don’t buy it, out of sight out of mind.
Hopefully the store is far enough away to where the craving isn’t bad enough to go out and buy it. Giving in and going to the store once a month is better than having it in the house.
2. Go for the fruit!
Fruit is a good choice to satisfy your sweet tooth. An apple is sweet and as a plus it has fiber, vitamins and minerals.
3. Drink more water.
A lot of the time hunger is triggered because we are actually thirsty. People don’t usually think to drink something instead of eating. The body will keep asking until you give it what it wants, whether that is fluid, energy (carbohydrates), protein, fat, etc. In the case of water, feelings of hunger are often confused with feelings of thirst.
Try having a glass of water and waiting 10 minutes. If you are still hungry, grab a snack.
4. Go for something crunchy
Have cut up vegetables in the fridge that are accessible at all times.
It’s okay if it isn’t dinner time yet, have a snack. Yes, you may be working still but if you want something to chew on have it be a fresh tomato and celery with a dip if you want something sweeter.
A balanced diet can include treats in moderation, so enjoy yourself just set limits.