Coping with Cravings

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Cope with food cravings by sipping hot tea.

Part of eating mindfully is becoming aware of what triggers your hunger. Hunger is your body’s signal that it needs nutrition to keep going. Of course, sometimes we eat for reasons that have nothing to do with our physiological needs.

 

Coping with Cravings

If you are physically hungry, it’s important to eat a healthy, well balanced meal. But if you find yourself “emotionally” hungry, did you know cravings often subside within 30 minutes if we refocus our thoughts on other activities?

The next time you find yourself dying for that pint of ice cream, try one of these distractions instead!

  • sip a cup of hot tea
  • go for a walk or a bike ride
  • jump on your treadmill
  • call a friend
  • get involved in a hobby
  • read a book or magazine
  • write in a journal
  • do an errand
  • take a bath
  • give yourself a manicure


Sharon Lehrman, MPH, RD, LD, is a registered dietitian with a private practice and corporate wellness business in Minneapolis, Minnesota. You can read health-related articles, subscribe to her free monthly nutrition newsletter, or contact her at www.nutritionhealthandwellness.com.

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