101 Lifestyle Choices That Make You Crave Bad Food (part 4)
by Court under Diet
43. Eating Sugary Snack Foods
I’m definitely not saying that a sugar habit is as destructive as a heroine habit, but it’s something to be aware of. Is your sugar consumption a here-and-there indulgence or a real habit that needs to be dealt with?
I totally eat candy and other treats, but it’s the exception. I made some ice cream last night and ate it. Let’s say YOU ate a sugary snack last night. Is it possible for you to NOT eat sweets today? How about tomorrow? Can you make a conscious choice to not eat sweets for a while? If you can’t, you may already have a problem that needs to be dealt with.
45. Eating Energy Bars
Energy bars are cleverly marketed candy bars. Seriously.
46. Eating Breakfast Bars
Breakfast bars are cleverly marketed candy bars. Seriously!
47. Drinking Instant Breakfast Drinks
One packet of Carnation Instant Breakfast™ has 19 grams of sugar, need I say more? The explanation on #43 will tell you everything you need to know about this type of drink.
On top of the issue with sugar, these drinks are a terrible breakfast. 200ish calories is not enough for breakfast.
48. Drinking Meal Replacement Drinks
Weight control drinks are a terrible idea if you want to control your cravings. They are full of sugars and usually refined grains. On top of that, some of them are artificially sweetened.
49. Eating a Heavy Meal Before Bed
One of my weaknesses is late night eating and eating a large meal right before bed can mess you up in more than one way. For one, it can disrupt your sleep. More importantly, it can cause blood sugar fluctuations during the night and in the morning. If you are trying to control your cravings, the last thing you want is to wake up super hungry.
Since I absolutely can’t fall asleep if I’m hungry, I had to learn how to eat late at night without getting my body out of whack. My solution is to eat some chicken or turkey with a little dressing that I make myself. I mix a little spicy mustard, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar together for the dressing. This gives me some protein and a little fat (from the olive oil). It’s a small, satisfying, healthy snack that’s light. It works.
50. Keeping Ice Cream and Other Treats at Home
If you have treats at home, you will eventually eat them. My home-made ice cream is just chillin (literally hahaha I’m so funny) in my freezer. That doesn’t mean that I have to eat it…but…I’ll probably think about it today. I’ll definitely have to see it because I eat food from the freezer every day.
Fortunately, my will power is pretty built up right now. I’m not going to eat the stuff but that doesn’t change the fact that things would be a lot easier if the ice cream wasn’t in my freezer.
51. Not Eating Within 30 Minutes of Waking
For #14 I talked about skipping breakfast. Skipping breakfast is BAD for controlling cravings. Unfortunately, many people who actually eat breakfast don’t get much help with their craving control because they don’t eat for an hour or two after they wake up. Eating upon waking gets food into your blood before your body triggers starvation hormones. Once your body thinks it isn’t going to get food, it’s going to start working on getting you to eat it.
52. Not Eating at the Table
Once you have your eating under control, you can eat however you want. If you’re struggling with cravings, it’s a good idea to make eating a little more formal. When it’s time to eat, you prepare your food, sit down at the table, and eat. This will help you to break the habit of snacking when it isn’t time for a meal.
Our psychological habits are such a huge part of our cravings. If we’re used to grabbing a snack every time we walk past the kitchen, we will crave that snack. This isn’t always a physical craving, it’s a habitual one.
I of course know that it isn’t possible to eat at the table every single time you eat. The question is, what is the habit that you have established? Can it be improved upon?
53. Never Stopping to Eat – Always Eating on the Run
Life is very busy and most of us run around a LOT. You may have a hectic job or crazy kids. This may push you to grab whatever food you can, whenever you can grab it.
Healthy eating isn’t much of a priority for most people but if you want to control your cravings and diet, it needs to be. Bad habits can creep in easily when you’re short on time. It’s so easy to justify the slip-up that leads to another slip-up that leads to a crash.
54. Waiting for Crisis Eating Time
I normally eat breakfast at around 9:00, lunch around 2:00, and dinner around 7:00. What happens if I don’t eat lunch until 4:00? Bad things.
Nothing stimulates your appetite like waiting until your body starts to demand food.
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