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How to curb your food craving

india Updated: Jan 20, 2011 01:53 IST
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Are you one of those who looks for an excuse to get hold of some junk food, just because you're hungry and are craving for that one particular snack? Well, here are some things you can do to prevent falling into the craving trap.



1 Know your craving:

Food craving are different for different people. So first figure out what sends you on a food bender, and then strategise to steer clear from these food.



2 Keep junk food out of the house:

Don’t store junk food at your home. If you have craving for them, buy a single serving to fix your craving. But only allow one serving every time you crave for it.



3 Try a healthier substitute:

Try to opt for a healthier substitute. Fix your craving for sweets with dates, grapes, or dried figs. Or try low-fat Greek yogurt if you desire something rich and creamy. For a salt fix, try a pickle.



4 Make a deal with yourself:

If attacked by a food craving, try to resist that food for an hour. If you still can’t do without the food, then eat a little of what you desire. Most food cravings don’t last more than 20 to 30 minutes.



5 Cleanse your palate:

Brush your teeth or chew some gum. Nothing tastes good after you have that minty taste in your mouth.



6. Call a friend:

Chances are your quick-fix craving could be due to stress or other emotions. Look for comfort in a friend rather than in a pint of ice-cream.