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How to Stop Cravings

Posted Nov 30 2010 8:17am


A friend of mine and I frequent the race course now and then. If you live in my part of the world, you just have to see the compulsive types crawl out of the woodwork betting their last dollar (er, this isn't where  the phrase 'put your money where your mouth is' applies) on the last race…

At one level, you feel sorry for them (while we play the Rusty and Danny game – with nothing to lose and all that jazz) but when you see them put together the 'nickels and dimes' that they have, in the hope that they'll get something back to salvage that wounded pride amongst their friends.

And their reactions, for the most part, when they lose (yet again!) borders on loss of faith in the system, it's that strange 'craving' to make the big bucks that beats me again and again. And they come back with renewed (but sadly, misplaced) faith while I place my bets on FC Barcelona and win…

And we're there to watch them… sad but true (and Metallica agrees!)…

Cravings… and the Holidays!

Well, it's not only men but women who have to struggle with cravings, perhaps more of the health kinds. And just when you've figured out how to lose weight, it's time for the holidays and all the temptations that it brings. And almost everyone will agree when I say that this is barely the best time to start off with a crash diet or exercise routine.

Oh, the delights are aplenty spanning food and drink… right from your grandmother's cookies to the liquor that makes you go Ho-ho-ho at the several parties that you will attend during these celebratory times. To this  one must reason, why be a sour puss and miss out on all the fun?

And while that is true, the tendency to overdo things often overtakes one and all… thanks to the spirit of excess that permeates the air at this time.

So, is there anything that one can do to quell these uncontrollable cravings that storms into our lives every once in a year?

How to stop the Holiday Cravings

Firstly, you'll have to accept the fact that the desire to celebrate in whatever way suits your fancy will be there, and while it might inappropriate to not participate in the debauchery, one should have a clear limit as to how far one will go when it comes to the lunches, dinners and drinks. That's being realistic as depriving yourself of the foods will only end in going bonkers later. So, accept the fact that you won't be able to stop the craving.

Secondly, if you already have an exercise and diet plan in place, it would be best to increase the amount of time or intensity of your exercise routine, so that you won't end feeling all guilty after the holidays are over like most people.

Thirdly, drink lots of water and try as much as possible to walk, run or dance as much as possible during the holiday season. This will go a long way especially if you are too busy to exercise during this time.

In Closing

Keeping in mind these simple tips will allow one to need feel like you've lost control of your weight, thanks to fervour and enthusiasm that only the holidays can generate.

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