I just returned from another fun road trip, this time to Atlanta – and I’ll tell you more about the trip (and our super fun Low Carb Lunch Meetup while there!) in my next posts. First though, I want to share a bit about how to control food cravings…
I’ve been eating super clean lately and I’ve lost more than 8 pounds in the last few weeks, but the third day of my trip I swear I woke up on my head or something. I was craving EVERYTHING. 😐
It was just one of those crazy days where I felt “off” and just knew I was going to totally BINGE. I *almost* went for it and walked toward the coffee shop to get a blueberry muffin. I turned myself right back around, knowing I would order FIVE lol.
That took serious willpower. But the conversation in my head went like this: “Don’t screw up what you’ve worked so hard to achieve.” But it was the next thought that actually made me spin on my heels and walk the other way: “You haven’t weighed the last 3 days. Do you really want to get home tomorrow and weigh in heavier?!” Um, NO. I was actually excited to get home and weigh myself to see how much weight I’d lost while on my trip (eating out and on the go for three straight days).
No way I wanted to screw that up! 😛
Still, the cravings bugged me all day. And it wasn’t just cravings, but a weird nagging feeling I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I just felt “off” that day is all I can say.
By evening I was sitting in a conference room listening to a favorite speaker, and it was hitting me HARD.
I got up and made a glass of water. I downed that and got another. Then I ate a sugar free Werther’s Original.
That usually does the trick. One little smooth, creamy sweet Werther’s and I’m good to go. Not this time…
What to do?!
I got up and left the room and walked straight to the restaurant. I realized I was hungry, and the hungrier I got… the worse the various junk foods danced through my head.
I had a really nice low carb lunch earlier at the same restaurant, so when I sat down I ordered a water and pushed the menu to the side. I knew if I even LOOKED at that menu I was going to order “Key Lime Pie, Carrot Cake and a Cheeseburger please!” – in that order.
So I refused to the look at the menu, and simply ordered the same thing I’d had for lunch earlier that day. An exact repeat. Here was my lunch, by the way:
I had a grilled chicken sandwich (no bun, please) with steamed asparagus instead of fries. The sandwich came with avocado on it, so they brought that on the side – perfect! 😀 And I ordered a side of mayo to dip my asparagus in. That sounds crazy, yes. I called them “green fries” and ate them with my fingers.
When I ordered the same thing for dinner, it came with a homemade guacamole spread AND avocado slices:
You know what? It was delicious. I was satisfied, full, and the cravings went away.
And I came home happy with myself, not discouraged / disgusted, and… I weighed 2.2 pounds LESS than when I left home a few days before. 😀
Serious willpower? Yes. But I had serious motivation.
I know what I want to achieve, I know what my health and weight loss goals are, and I want it bad enough to stick it out through the random food cravings. Not to say that it was easy, because it wasn’t. I fought it all day. But that WIN was SO worth it!
I beat it, I won, I came home happy.
Of course, the idea of going back through keto flu didn’t hurt either. That’s a nightmare (for me) and definitely something I wanted to avoid. So that was definitely good motivation too. 😉
What about you – what do you to control your food cravings?
Things that work for me include:
– Stop and make a rational decision about what I am going to eat, and why.
– Grab a bottled water and/or ONE sugar free hard candy (they keep the mouth busy longer)
– Order/make a favorite healthy meal. Avoid looking at the menu or thinking too hard about it.
If you give in, you feel like crap – both physically and mentally. You beat yourself up over it, feel bloated and miserable, and you think… well since I screwed up I might as well just totally binge out. Which sometimes lasts for weeks or months, causing to gain back everything you worked so hard to lose.
Learning how to control food cravings is important! So let’s share some more great tips – leave a comment below and share what works for you! 😉