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Of course, we all know what we should eat and what we shouldn’t eat. We know what sized portions we should be eating and how often we should eat. But knowing all of this is much easier than actually putting it into practice. Aside from having the time and energy to eat right, the hardest part of sticking to a healthy diet is controlling the cravings! Take a few minutes to learn some awesome tricks to help you control those pesky cravings that seek to ruin all the great work you did the week before.

  1. The number one way to control your cravings is probably the most obvious too; don’t keep junk food in your house or workplace! Of course, this might also be the most difficult way to control your cravings if you have kids in the house or a spouse who loves junk food. However, this could also be an opportunity to help your children and your spouse wean themselves off of the sweets, chips and other unhealthy snack choices. Try replacing these snacks with nuts, fresh vegetables or trail mix.
  2. The second way you can tackle junk food cravings is by realizing that cravings generally only last about ten minutes, especially if you’re not really hungry and just want something sweet or high in fat. Find something to distract you like having a chat, play a game, play with your children or if you’re at work take a walk, listen to music or organize your desk.
  3. Lastly, a great way to help prevent cravings from even starting is to make sure you eat a healthy breakfast. Sure skipping breakfast might seem like a great way to lose weight since you are taking in fewer calories, however in reality your body is actually running on whatever is left from your last meal, which was what? Seven, eight, nine hours or more ago? So now your body is craving sugary snacks to keep going. A healthy breakfast should consist of at least 5 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. One good example is a slice or two of turkey bacon, a chewy granola bar or oatmeal, a banana and a glass of skim milk. Do some research and get creative; being excited about making a healthy breakfast can help you look forward to starting your day.

It’s also important to keep in mind that even if you do slip up once in a while and eat something unhealthy, don’t beat yourself up over it. A good rule of thumb is to make sure you eat five healthy meals after you eat something unhealthy. Keep up the good work!

Skinny Mom Fact: According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, approximately 85% of women experience PMS, and 70% of this group have food related cravings. We all know this is the hardest time to stay on our healthy routine, so plan ahead and be ready to use these preventative tactics during that time of month! 
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