Cravings….

Rise & Grind: 10 KB rows/arm, 15/leg plank leg lifts, 15 KB Swings, 10 Tricep extensions, 30 Bicycle crunches. (x5).

Another day is upon us, what goals are you going to crush today?

Coming into the second month of the year, those of us who stuck to our resolutions are finding it easier to do so. Habits are forming and old ways have been sent packing. Some of us are still struggling to really commit to a goal. Trying to find a schedule that works for us, overcoming change, overcoming doubt, fear, pain, sweat, & cravings!

Last night my husband asked my how to get over a craving. He is trying to gain weight but also wants to be healthy. He has drank soda forever and is trying to kick the habit. Cravings are one of the easiest ways to get derailed in the early stages of changing diet. Our bodies are used to being addicted to ingredients in food we don’t eat anymore. It is literally like taking a drug away!

Here are some tips to help you fight those cravings:

  1. Don’t deprive. Going cold turkey is not the key to success here. Slowly wean yourself from the bad choice and exchange it with a better one. Each day, have one ‘treat’ (within reason) so you don’t feel so deprived.
  2. See yourself in 6 months. Picture where you want to be and remember that bad choices won’t get you there. You can even print a picture of your goals and tape them somewhere you will see often.
  3. Focus on eating. When you are eating, focus on it. Don’t eat while checking mail or scrolling Facebook. You will eat less if you are mindful or what you are doing and you will be more satisfied in the end.
  4. Instead of fake, go healthy. Instead of replacing a bad craving with a low fat, reduced fat or fat free option, try to find a healthier alternative. Don’t replace soda with diet soda or crackers with fat free crackers, you are losing here not winning! Replace soda with la croix water and crackers with Mary’s Gone Whole Seed crackers. Stick to real stuff!
  5. Carry a card. If you successfully beat a craving, put a mark on the card. Once you have beat it 15 times, you will be less likely to ever crave it.

Keep in mind, your health is your most prized possession! Treat your body wisely. Don’t let your mind play tricks on you.

“You have to learn the rules of the game and then you have to play better than anyone else” -Albert Einstein.

I am strong. I am capable. I am powerful. I am beautiful.

xoxo,

Anne Nicole

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