An Ode to Junk Food Cravings (and How to Beat Them)

“Hella pizza late at night.
I keep saying just one more slice.
And I feel so HANGRY
Breakfast, dinner and lunch.
And the ice cream truck is the only reason I run anymore.”

There are the lyrics from yet another parody of Adele’s “Hello.”  I thought “Hello From the Mother Side” – an ode to stressed out moms everywhere – was pretty awesome.  But this one topped the charts for me.  Dubbed Hella Cravings by its creators, Dustin and Genevieve Ahkuoi, it’s spot on when it comes to how many of us feel about eating healthy and exercising.

It’s no secret that one of the biggest obstacles to eating healthy is junk food cravings.  Whether it’s sweet, salty, or spicy that you crave, we all get them.  And while there is no one-size fits all solution to overcoming cravings, understanding why cravings occur and what triggers them for you is the key to overcoming them.

Take this quiz to identify the triggers that bring on your cravings and reveal strategies that will help you beat them once and for all!

POP QUIZ: I am most likely to give in to my cravings when…

A. I am dieting or trying to lose weight.
B. I am at a party, out at a restaurant, or in other social situations.
C. I feel stressed, anxious, guilty, upset, lonely or depressed.
D. I am watching television or late at night.
E. All of the above!  My cravings are out of control!

If you answered A…

If you answered B…

If you answered C…

If you answered D…

If you answered E…

The Bottom Line:   If we want to be fit, we have to train our bodies, exercising our muscles on a regular basis so they become stronger.  If we want to implement healthier eating habits, instead of training our body, we must train our MIND.  We can think of willpower as a muscle – the more we use it, the stronger it gets.  Saying “no” to unhealthy cravings takes self-control, which doesn’t come naturally to many of us, but just as we must exercise self-control when it comes to what comes OUT of our mouths, we must do the same for what goes IN.  By using one or more of the strategies outlined above, you can learn to REPLACE YOUR CRAVINGS WITH HEALTHIER HABITS instead of refusing them or focusing on them.  As with any new habit you are trying to implement, prayer and accountability can be powerful tools to help you exercise self-control, persevere, and reach your goals.

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** CALL TO ACTION  (share in the comment section): What was your answer to today’s pop quiz and which strategy resonated most with you?  Share the healthy habit you will use to replace unhealthy cravings.

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One thought on “An Ode to Junk Food Cravings (and How to Beat Them)

  1. – I give into cravings in social situations. In the case situations I can tell people that I’m diabetic and at some point they will just come to know that I will not eat unhealthy items and I won’t feel pressured. Because for so many years I have eaten sweets, etc. this is not how my social situations are right now. I’m working to change that. One additional change I need to make is to always eat before being in a social situation.

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