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8 Ways to Conquer Cravings

Everyone has cravings, but for people with diabetes, it’s even more important to resist temptation. Fortunately, food cravings typically originate in our minds and aren’t driven by a physical need. Knowing this, can you find the will to resist?


1. Check your sugar

If you have diabetes, there’s a very real possibility your body does need something. Have you ever been overwhelmed by a sudden craving, only to realize later that it was just low sugar? When cravings hit, test first. You could save yourself a lot of trouble throughout the day.

2.  Ask yourself, "Am I really hungry?"

If you’re not hungry but you still feel like you can’t say no to that leftover pasta, it could be a craving. Sometimes, stating the obvious can give you the extra nudge you need to resist temptation.

3.  Don’t get hungry

Eat a healthy breakfast with some filling protein and fiber, and you’ll be less tempted by spontaneous hunger pangs or a tray of pastries at the office.

4.  Distractions, distractions

Take a walk, organize your desk, pay a few bills, run an errand. Do something that occupies your thoughts and takes your mind off the treats you crave.

5.  Snack smarter

Always have some healthy snacks around: fruit, nuts or even sugar-free gum. Keep them at home, in your car, at work, in your bag—anywhere you can get to them easily.

6.  Water to the rescue

Did you know that sugar cravings could just be a sign of thirst? Chug a big glass of water and see if your craving disappears.

7.  Stay energized

Try to avoid things that zap your energy—skipping a meal, unchecked stress—and include things that keep you feeling refreshed, like exercise and getting enough sleep. You’re most likely to reach for the things you crave when you’re feeling run down.

8.  Ditch the zero-tolerance rule

In other words, give in to your cravings every now and then. You don’t have to go overboard and eat a dozen buttermilk biscuits, but you don’t have to deny yourself the things you love either. Everything in moderation, as they say.



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Updated on 31 Jan 2019


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