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How to Stop Cravings during the Holidays

Posted Jan 18 2012 8:15am

Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Tis the season to be jolly
Fa la la la la, la la la la…

Music is a powerful instrument. It wields power that no government or aristocracy can compete with. And no, we're not talking about Justin Bieber here… although my initial reluctance to consider Lady Gaga to be an artist worth listening to changed when I learned that she derived the "Ga Ga" part from Queen's "All We Need is Radio GaGa".

Enough of the theatrics, woman, is all I have to say… but that's probably how the commercialization of music makes demands on popular artists anyways. Whatever really…

Anyways, my point being – music can influence your moods and make you do crazy things… Eminem, Ozzy and Judas Priest have all been in the public eye for all the wrong reasons…

And I can go on and on for forever and a day now because I can't get enough of musicology… it's like a craving, a bit different from the type that one experiences during the holidays.

And just maybe, here are a few tips that can help you deal with these cravings…

How to Stop Cravings During the Holidays

So, let's begin this discussion by asking ourselves the question: What kind of food do we love?

It's always the tasty ones – except for those who alcoholics and drug addicts, of course… or else there would be no point, now would there?

Ever so often, we have people going on binges – and then, are forced by the pangs of guilt, to go on a crash diet, which is hardly the way to go, if you want to imbibe a healthy lifestyle. And the holidays can dash your hopes against the rocks…

So here are six tips that will show you how to stop cravings , stay disciplined yet fun-loving at the same time:

Tip #1: Zero-calorie fluids

If you're the types who can't do without snacks throughout the day, an excellent alternative is carry water among other healthy drinks. Anytime you want to get one of those tasty calorie-ridden snacks, all you got to do is drink your choice of healthier fluids instead.

Tip #2: A Healthy Breakfast

Protein, protein & protein. While this is one of the oldest health tips, it only makes sense that you 'fuel up' rather than "run on empty" until lunch. First of all, you'll work better with more energy and secondly, most dietitians suggest that this should be the heaviest meal of the day – with choices such as dairy, eggs and so on and so forth.

Tip #3: Healthy Snacks

While it's a good idea to carry fluids around with you, another choice is to carry healthy snacks that can work as an excellent substitute such as almonds, fresh fruits , cottage cheese and yoghurt.

Tip #4: Drop the sedentary lifestyle

If you've got a desk job (*curses*), you have to ensure that you move around a bit rather than staying put. Just going on a diet won't help!

Tip #5: Have one non-diet day

You might not understand this tip but it's often suggested by most experts because complete deprivation when it comes to the foods you crave can result in a relapse, rebellion and you'll find yourself back to square one. Once a week, indulge in all your favorite foods.

Tip #6: Use healthier substitutes

It's possible to find healthier substitutes for every unhealthy snack that you enjoy. For example, instead of eating chocolate, you can try a glass of cocoa, skim milk and a low-calorie sweetener.

In Closing

And no matter whether you have cravings during the holidays or throughout the year, you can use these tips to help – that is, if you're really serious about it.

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