When you feel a strong craving coming on, it ‘s hard to fight, no matter what you do. If your weakness is white bread, chocolate ice cream, pizza, or drive-thru fries, you feel like the feeling nags at you until you finally put one in your mouth. 

You may feel good for a little bit, but then the feeling of guilt comes rolling in. And then you realize how hard you’ve worked to come as far as you have, only to give in to that feeling. 

There are some easy steps you can take to fight cravings and still feel satisfied. Read on to be able to say “no thanks” to the decadent chocolate cake and still feel good. 

1. Trick your brain

If you know what your weakness is, you can look for healthier substitutes. If you love brownies for example, look for a dark-chocolate zucchini brownies recipe and keep them in the freezer for when those cravings kick in. If bread is your downfall, eat a few whole-grain corn crackers or munch on some nuts. If you are a relentless sweet tooth, grab a piece of fruit (or even two)! 

2. Are you thirsty? Hungry?

Often cravings are the results of being dehydrated or needing to eat a good meal. Next time you have the urge to buy those gas station potato chips, grab a bottle of water instead and drink it down. Out body often confuses the feeling of thirst and hunger, so we head for the snack aisle instead of to the water cooler. If you are still fighting the craving, ask yourself when the last time you had a proper meal meal was, and make plans to sit down somewhere you know you can eat within your guidelines and still stay healthy. 

3. Get Up and Go

When you feel a craving attack because of the person in front of you eating a fast-food hamburger, get up and leave the place. Out of sight, out of mind. At the very least, it won’t be such a torture. 

4. Eat Protein

Protein helps keep you fuller for longer, so eating high-quality protein, like a hard-boiled egg, will keep your tummy satisfied until meal time. 

5. Distractions, Distractions

If your craving isn’t about feeling hungry, find a distraction. Call up an old friend or pick up hobby that keeps your hands and your mind busy. The time will fly, and you’ll be able to fight through this difficult cravings.