But we don't have to give in to them. That late-night junk food run can be avoided by reducing your cravings, and the following tips can help you overcome them.
1. Change Your Diet
One of the many positive things about changing to a healthier diet is that the longer you do it, the less you'll crave junk food. But keep in mind that you won't be able to switch to a clean diet overnight. Even just committing to one day a week of healthier eating, or an entire week without junk food is a great way to start.
2. Chill Out
Stress can have a negative impact on eating habits; studies have shown that the more stress you have, the more you'll crave unhealthy foods. Find healthy ways to relieve stress, whether it's taking a walk, meditating, yoga, or meeting a friend.
3. Use Apple Cider Vinegar
If you're having intense sugar cravings, apple cider vinegar can be a great ally. Add it to your salad, or put a tablespoon in your glass of water. It's important, however, that you use organic, raw apple cider vinegar that's unfiltered and unpasteurized.
4. Understand Cravings
Studies now show that cravings are more tied to your feelings than anything else. For instance, craving creamy or fatty foods, or chocolate, means you could be feeling depressed, lonely, unloved, insecure, etc.
5. It's OK To Give In, But Not A Lot
Sometimes it's OK to give in to a craving, but don't go all-out. Have a square of dark chocolate, not an entire bar.
6. Have Healthy Snacks Nearby
Have some fruit nearby if you always crave sweets in the afternoon, or nuts when you're craving crunchy things.
7. Action By Distraction
Cravings can arise because of boredom, so healthy distractions — like concentrating on something else, like a task — can replace them. Cravings typically subside in 20 minutes.
8. Have Herbal Tea
Herbal tea can be particularly effective in fighting those late-night cravings when you aren't actually even hungry. And they can be enjoyed in different flavors.
9. Sleep Well
Make sleep as big of a priority as a healthy diet and lifestyle. Your body's cravings increase when you're sleep deprived.
10. Be Prepared
By doing all of the above, you're preparing yourself for when the cravings come.
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