An interesting article popped into my reader this morning. I immediately recognized its potential usefulness and rushed (if you don’t count the 12 hours in between the time I read it and now) to bring it to your attention.
Recognizing the impact that cravings for unhealthy foods have on many people, the writers at health.com sought advice from the “professionals” on how to deal with those cravings. Since I’m a little miffed that they didn’t ask ME for my suggestions, I’m only including the tips I’ve actually used and written about before.
Give in to cravings…up to a point. Jillian Michaels and I allow ourselves a little room for indulgence every day. (This will surprise no one, since we’re practically twins.) She suggests setting aside up to 20% of your daily caloric intake for the desired-for food, but I aim a lot lower–5-10%. I kind of wonder if there was a misprint or some other type of error, though, since the snack Jillian lists would be 10% of her reported 1800 calories/day. If so, that would mean Jillian also uses the 10% guide and our twinship is restored.
Fake yourself out. Rocco DiSpirito and I suggest indulging your fried-food fetish by trading the fry pan for a bit of healthy oil and an oven tray. It’s not the same as deep-fried, but sometimes that’s a good thing. There are lots of other “fake-outs” you can use that result in tasty but healthy dishes.
Go for the gold. If you’re craving a chocolate chip cookie, Janis Jibrin from TheBestLife.com and I suggest trading up to the best chocolate chip cookie you can buy. This works well for me for a couple of reasons: 1) I find the higher quality foods are more satisfying, and 2) If they’re pricey, I’m not going to have them very often and certainly not in large quantities.
Practice indulgence-with-benefits. Jennifer Iserloh, author of Secrets of a Skinny Chef: 100 Decadent, Guilt-Free Recipes, and I include some nutritional benefits with our snacks. She makes hot chocolate using carrot juice. *shudder* I toss a few chocolate chips and some sliced strawberries on my yogurt and call it a “sundae.”
There are other tips in the article, but those are the ones given that work for me. But I’m no professional.
Wishing you all a healthy, happy weekend! I’ll be catching up on my reader on breaks from yard work. What will you be doing this weekend?