With seven weeks of holiday partying ahead, I’m trying how to figure out how to avoid the six pounds I put on last year and never lost!
I subscribe to RealAge.com and this week’s newsletter addresses how to reduce the cycle of sugar cravings and binging that can result from a single M &M. There is no question that I am a sugarholic and I see a bunch of speed bumps ahead beginning this weekend with our Christmas Open Houses in Starkville.
How to Give Temptation the Slip
- Practice mindful meditation. Spend just 7 minutes a day focusing on recognizing, accepting, and experiencing your cravings rather than trying to ignore or suppress them. Dieters who do have far fewer food cravings, and resist them better. (I’ve tried this, but all I can think about are sugarplums dancing in my head.)
- Get on your feet. Especially if you’re craving chocolate. A quick walk will curb even major chocoholic cravings in just 15 minutes. It works by stimulating feel-good brain chemicals and feeding your spirit. I also read that eating a dill pickle will reduce chocolate cravings and fidgeting is a great way to burn calories.
- Hit the mute button and do sit-ups when commercials come on. You’ll switch off cravings, too. Adults (and kids) eat more snack foods after watching TV shows loaded with food ads. Personally, I don’t do any exercise that forces me to get down on the floor, but you can do a “senior” version by sitting on an ottoman with your arms crossed – lean back and return to a sitting position. Repeat until commercial is over. You can also do a couch potato version by sitting with feet on the floor. Slowly lift one knee, then the other.
- Try yoga. Aside from making you stronger, suppler, and calmer, yoga helps you tune in to your appetite and recognize whether you’re actually hungry or just bored.
- Have that little cookie you can’t stop thinking about. Sometimes, trying to stifle a craving makes it grow so intense that, when you finally cave, you eat the whole bag. Yep, having one little oatmeal cookies now may save you from having 30 later. Don’t beat yourself up. Relish it. Take a small bite, savor the taste, have another bite. Thoroughly enjoy it. Then move on. (This just doesn’t work for me. I eat the tiny cookie, then finish the bag to get them out of the house.)