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We all have those moments when we crave Oreos or donuts. I admit, I’m in love with sweets. Sometimes, there’s moments when one Oreo turns into five, and then turns into tragic story of binging. With it being the new year, many of us are hoping to get in shape, and find ways to put an end to those evil food cravings. No worries, my friends! I am here to the rescue to help you on your fitness journey.
Let me start by saying this. It’s okay to have a cheat day. We are human, and it’s okay to live. If you want to have a cheat day, that is completely fine. However, it’s all about control.
Here are some ways to control your poor eating habits.
Drink water- I know you probably hear this all of the time. Since we were kids, adults told us to drink water, but we never really knew why. I’m here to tell you that drinking water may be the solution to fix those annoying food cravings. Sometimes your body is telling you that you are dehydrated. Being thirsty is often confused with being hungry. Drink at least a gallon a day.
Eat Protein– Yes, you got it! Protein is essential for a nutritious diet. There are many types of high protein.
High Proteins: Ground turkey, chicken breast, salmon, lean beaf, eggs and egg whites, bison, or pork loins
These types of food will not only help you repair and build muscle, but will satisfy your food cravings.Many people who are seeking to put on muscle, lean out, or lose weight, will include these types of food in their diets.
Eat Healthy Snacks– Snacks are fun! You can be creative with it. Instead of having some Hot Cheetos or Takis as a snack, have an apple and a scoop of peanut butter.
Here are a list of healthy snacks: Raw almonds, cashews, bananas, protein bar, protein shake, fruit, celery
Eat Healthy Fats– Everyone is afraid of the word, “fat,” but I’m here to tell you that there are good fats in this world. That’s right!
Here are some healthy fats: Olive oil, avocado, flax seed oil, coconut oil, salmon, nuts, whole eggs
Get Away From the Cravings- First of all, if you don’t see it, you won’t want it. So, the trick is to distance yourself from those jar of cookies and box of donuts. Chances are, if it’s there, you’re going to be tempted to stick your fingers in the jar, and that is a no-no!
Just Eat It– I know it sounds like I’m contradicting myself, but here it goes. If you want an Oreo, have an Oreo or 2. That’s it. You had what you wanted, and now you can stop thinking about it. Being healthy doesn’t mean avoiding foods you like. As a matter of fact, having “cheat” moments helps us stay on track. As ironic as it sounds, eating “bad” foods can reduce binging and can boost our metabolism. So enjoy that cookie, and get back to work. Remember, you control the cookie. Don’t let it control you? Got it?