Speaking from experience, I can say that having a craving doesn’t mean you’re hungry, it usually means you need to feel better. Whenever you feel like eating, ask yourself whether you’re really hungry or you just need someone to talk to or some way to express what is bothering you. Emotional eating is turning to food for comfort, boredom, sadness, anger or to soothe stress. So before you reach for a double cupcake, a plate of french fries or a glass of soda check to see if you may be stressed, sad or bored. If this is the case, try to find the best distraction. For instance, if you’re upset, call a friend and talk it over. If you’re stressed, make yourself a bubble bath and relax. Warm water will release the tension. Or go for a walk. Any kind of physical activity helps to reduce stress.
“Australian researchers found that distracting your brain really does work. When a food craving hits, divert your attention to something visual not related to food, like typing an email.” – Sally Kuzemchak, RD
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