(Women's Health) Cravings are an unfortunate fact of life. One second, you're on the road to weight-loss triumph. Then, bam, your willpower is torn to shreds by the physical urge to house some fat and/or sugar, no matter the form. "The number one thing my clients say is, 'I know what I should be doing, but cravings get in the way of my success,'" says Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D., author of "The Flexitarian Diet." The impetus to give in to cravings typically falls into the physical, emotional, or environmental area. Luckily, there are habits in all three that you can pinpoint and change to keep cravings at bay.
You Skip Meals
"Meal skippers are one group of people who tend to have low blood sugar, which increases cravings for food that will give a dose of fast energy," says Blatner. When you skip a meal and your blood sugar dips, your body will urge you to go for things like refined carbs that can give you a quick hit of energy. The thing is, that will usually just leave you hungry again pretty quickly. Every five or so hours, eat a meal that's a combination of protein, whole grains, produce, and healthy fat, eating some snacks in between if necessary. That composition takes a long time to digest and helps keep your blood sugar stable, leaving you less likely to get hit with the thought that an entire bag of potato chips sounds like a brilliant idea. And if you can't stay on the schedule? Set a timer!
You're Tired All the Time
This one actually falls more under the emotional umbrella than the physical, says Blatner. The lack of sleep can wear down your willpower, which is finite to begin with. "If you're not properly rested, you're going to be more inclined to seek out potentially unhealthy energy sources in your food," says Blatner. Try to do something else that's energizing, like heading outside for a brisk walk or listening to Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" on repeat. You Go to Town When You're Stressed "If you're overwhelmed by things like deadlines or you're otherwise under pressure, you're in a prime position to give into cravings," says Blatner. Instead of letting your emotions become healthy-eating roadblocks, work on your stress before it comes so bad that you feel like you have to turn to food. "Maybe for you, it makes sense to breathe deeply, listen to calming music, or make a list of your worries so you can try to fix them one by one," says Blatner. The most important thing is to acknowledge you eat when you're stressed and take the steps to banish that anxiety as much as you can.
"A lot of adults use eating junk food as a sort of temper tantrum when they're upset," says Blatner. The fix is to treat yourself exactly the way you would a child who's misbehaving: Give yourself a time out. "People think cravings will just continue to get worse if you don't give in, but that's not true. Like all human emotions, they ebb and flow," says Blatner. if you give yourself a five- to 10-minute break where you restrict your access to what you're craving, it might just pass on its own. "I have a client who will put on a face mask when she's craving something, then by the time she's done, she doesn't want whatever she wanted anymore," says Blatner. The key is to make your time out a soothing activity instead of something that will key you up even more.
You Buy Junk Food
"Trying to resist temptation just through willpower isn't going to work," says Blatner. "It's an exhaustive commodity; you don't just have an unlimited supply." It's more about tailoring your environment so temptation isn't around to begin with. Follow some of the cardinal rules, like not going to the grocery store when you're ravenous. What about when your co-worker brings doughnuts into the break room for a company birthday? Here's an inventive tip: "Don't tell yourself no because you'll want to eat 10," says Blatner. "Tell yourself you can have the doughnut if you go outside and buy one yourself." The extra effort will likely make you decide it isn't worth it in the first place.
A lady went to an ex-coworker's wedding where the couple asked for checks, not gifts.
She gave them a check for 100 British pounds, which is about $144.
Well, last week she got an email from the couple that said, quote, "We were surprised that your contribution didn't seem to match the warmth of your good wishes on our big day."
"In view of your own position, if you wanted to send any adjustment it would be thankfully received."
It's safe to say the woman is NOT planning on sending more money. And most of the people on the website are saying she SHOULD adjust what she gave them . . . by canceling the check.
A new survey found the top 10 things people would rather give up for a month than WiFi or their phone's data plan . . . and it basically covers EVERYTHING we love. Check it out . . .
1. Wine or alcohol.
2. Junk food.
5. Going out.
9. TV or movies.
The Harris Poll, which surveyed 2,252 U.S. adults to find out their favorite comfort food.
The top 10 favorite comfort foods:
3. Ice cream
4. Macaroni and cheese
10. Mexican food
1. Using your speakerphone in public. Don't make other people listen to your conversation . . . no one cares. And the same goes for playing games with the sound up, or listening to music without headphones on.
2. Leaving your keyboard sound effects on. So when you send a text message, everyone around you hears it clicking while you type.
3. Including too many people on a group text. Because then everyone gets a million alerts, and they have to mute their phone so it doesn't ding or vibrate every five seconds.
4. Teasing someone with a text bubble, then not sending a text. Meaning you start typing, so the bubble with three dots pops up, and the other person THINKS you're responding . . . but then you never finish.