A 15 minute wait that kills cravings
If you eat when you're anxious, depressed, or stressed, you may be using food for comfort, not nutrition. So what can you do to stop stuffing down your feelings with food?
- Wait 15 minutes. Most cravings not associated with real hunger pass quickly.
- Use a food diary to keep track of what you eat, when you eat, and how you're feeling, especially if you overeat or binge on snack foods and sweets.
- Drink a glass of water. You may be thirsty, not hungry.
- Turn to something else that soothes you. Call a friend, walk the dog, listen to music, work on a hobby.
- Consistently eat healthy meals and snacks. Avoid going more than four hours without eating to keep your blood sugar from dropping so low that you feel out of control.
Sources: The American Dietetic Association; the Best Life Diet, by Bob Greene, Simon & Schuster