5 Ways to Avoid Cravings

Happy Friday! I’m so excited that this weekend has finally arrived, it’s felt like Summer all week here in New York so I’m praying that the good weather sticks around for another few days!

So I’m basically writing this blog post in the hopes that what I’m writing will actually stay in my head and help me to stop reaching for the sweet treats – and not the good ones.

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I don’t know why, but this week I’ve been all over the place with work/food/sleep. Actually no, I do know why I’m all over the shop… For the past two weeks I decided to try and just go hell for leather and hit the gym 7 days a week – NEVER AGAIN. I was cranky (literally a diva), exhausted and I completely burned out. Which then put me in the mindset where I stopped caring because I was so fed up. I then subsequently slept and ate my way through the week which was nice but not in line with my goals at the moment. I never had much of a sweet tooth at home, so I don’t know why over here I literally can’t get enough sugar into me, it has to be addictive or something?! Anyway, I need to have a bit more self control so I’m going to really commit to ignoring my cravings, and this is how…

  1. Wait – Apparently it takes about 15-20 minutes for your body to realize that it’s no longer hungry after a meal. I’m going to use this fun fact to my advantage by not having my little dessert sitting on my desk waiting to be eaten (usually a protein cookie that contains 28grams of sugar per serving – oops).
  2. Eliminate the potential for cravings to occur – Unless I bring a healthy snack with me to work, I usually cave and go to shop at around 11am and 3pm. I’m going to try and cut this out by making some of my owns snacks to have on hand, probably my Quinoa Bars or my Homemade Protein Bars.
  3. Drink a pint of water – I can’t remember if this is something someone told me or if I just made it up, but I’m pretty sure that sometimes when you feel hungry, you could actually just be thirsty? I’m not sure, but next time I feel peckish for some sugar I’m going to drink a bottle of water and hope that the feeling goes away! If I’m way off with this point then feel free to let me know! 🙂
  4. Create a distraction – Without a doubt, the times when I’m crazy busy, I’m much more disciplined with my food intake. When the cravings become a bit overwhelming I’m going to try and find something to do to keep my mind occupied and distracted with something else.
  5. Reach for the best option – Even as I’m writing all of these points out, I know that there’s going to be days when I will need to cave for my sanity – it’s way to hard being good 100% of the time! Having some fruit on hand will hopefully deter me from the chocolate, or some popcorn would also be a good option for when I want something savory!

I’m really hoping that this works for me, if anyone else has any tips or tricks please let me know!

Have a great weekend,

Niamh xNike RunnersSwell BottleNiamh

Photos by Edelle Kenny Photography

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Hoody: Athleta

Water Bottle: Swell

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