When it comes to changing my eating habits I have trouble thinking about going without my favorite things. When you tell yourself I am going to stop eating this or that it’s like your mind all of sudden goes into rebellion and you want to eat nothing but those foods you swore you would go without. NYU clinical nutritionist Samantha Heller spoke with the Early Show on CBS about how to battle our food cravings. One major setback for me is determining when I am actually hungry or when I just feel like eating. Apparently they are two different things. One is accompanied by physical symptoms telling your body you need food, the other may be triggered due to an event, feeling, or an emotion.
Like I said in an earlier post I am trying to replace certain things like candy with fruit because fruit is obviously better for me and more nutrient dense. How about instead of just taking away your favorites try to substitute with something else that will satisfy the craving. Some great substitutions are, instead of going out for a nice cheesy pizza with pepperoni, we made our own personal pizzas with a whole wheat crust, lots of veggies and maybe a leaner turkey pepperoni, and yes it was still good. Instead of ice cream, try a low-fat frozen yogurt. Forget the greasy potato chips and try some popcorn that you flavor yourself. There are lots of alternatives, just put a little bit more effort, and the results are every bit as rewarding as the original. Mayo Clinic has an amazing guide that gives hundreds of healthier ingredient substitutions for your diet.