- DO NOT buy anything you know you could potentially binge on. For me, that means no ice-cream, most packaged/processed foods, and fast food. I find myself buying those types of foods because I think each time that I can trust myself and portion wisely. Most of the time, this plan backfires! I start craving that specific food only because I KNOW it’s a few steps away. It’s like my brain is playing a trick on me, making me crave things that are nearby (naughty brain).
- Distinguish between physical and emotional hunger. THEY ARE NOT THE SAME THING. Read my post below to learn about how you can feel the difference and then make sure to eat only when you are physically hungry (it’s not easy!).
- If you think you are hungry, immediately drink a glass of water and then wait 10 minutes. In those 10 minutes, try not to think about food. Put your mind to something else, like reading or blogging. If you’re still hungry after 10 minutes, then go get something to eat.
- Do not look at pictures of food. Pinterest is dangerous when you’re hungry. I know the feeling. Go on Pinterest to find a few cute things to re-pin; the daily routine, right? All of a sudden, while you’re scrolling past the dozens of girls in cute outfits (with such amazing bodies that you cannot help but secretly hate every single one of them), you see the most delicious Oreo cheesecake cupcake (WHAT? How do things like this even exist?!). I guarantee that your stomach will start growling approximately 5 seconds after looking at this delectable picture. So save yourself the hunger and do not look at pictures of food.
- Even better, try and keep your mind off food. I know it’s hard especially when you’re reading a post that repeats the word “food” over and over again, but the best solution to this solution is to keep busy. Try completing the tasks on your to-do list. And if you don’t have a to-do list, come up with a mental list of things you could be doing instead of being distracted by your hunger. I’m sure you’ll be able to come up with at least a dozen.
- Think of where you could be in one month. Think about dropping 5 stubborn pounds (maybe even 10!) and getting into a healthy routine of exercise and diet. You feel like you’ve been doing this forever. Everyday becomes easier and it becomes easier to say no to that donut you’ve been craving because you know that if you caved, you could be on a downward spiral to erase all the work you’ve put in for your body the last month. You can actually SEE your end goal (it’s right there!!).
I’ll add more once I’ve adapted to more tips!