You’ve been good all day, all week, or even all month. Let’s face it though…you’re a human being, and all human beings have food weaknesses.
Some of us self-sabotage our great eating with “over-indulging” in whatever our kryptonite is…salty, crunchy, sweet, chocolatey, or melt-in-your-mouth frozen milk goods. Nobody is good forever though, no matter how much willpower they have. Not even me, and I’ve been told I have great willpower.
Counteract this by actually scheduling in a treat every few days into your healthy eating food plan. Get that craving before it gets you. Identify your weakness. Is it salty and crunchy stuff, or sweets like chocolate and candy?
Once you’ve figured it out, now you can find alternate, or healthier versions of your cravings, make them yourself without the processed crap, and add it into your diet every few days.
For example, my husband and I love movie popcorn, and so does my best friend. MyFitnessPal ruined my life a couple months ago when it informed me that a regular size of popcorn at the movie theatre was 768 calories…without the butter!!! Thus I set out to find a way to have popcorn without anywhere near that many calories.
I stumbled upon a recipe here to make popcorn with coconut oil and sea salt in 4 minutes. 4 cups of air-popped popcorn, plain is only about 100 calories. Coconut oil has 160 calories per tablespoon, but according to science, these calories do not count because coconut oil (cold pressed, extra-virgin) is immediately used for energy in the body. Read my coconut oil post to find that information.
So for just a fraction of the calories, I now eat the best popcorn ever when I get a craving, and I don’t feel one bit sorry about it. I just factor it into my calories.
WHAT I QUELL THE CRAVING MONSTER WITH:
- popcorn made with coconut oil and sea salt
- 85% dark cocoa chocolate squares
- fresh berries + 1/4 cup of vanilla greek yogurt (if I want dessert)
- Perrier sparking grapefruit water, for when I get a pop craving
- frozen mango for when I want to “boredom-munch”
Whatever your craving is, find something to that will not damage your healthy and amazing eating habits that you are forming to lose weight or maintain weight loss. Find healthier versions of current favorites, and ones that you can count the calories easily and portion them out.