We have all been faced with the temptation. It’s Friday at the office, and the “Morale Committee” has so kindly brought in doughnuts, coffee cake and pastries. How thoughtful of them to temp us with Trans fat, sugar and deep-fried deliciousness.
Fighting the temptation of high-fat and high-calorie food can be tough for anyone. But once you do, you will find that you feel better about yourself and the urges will be easier to tame.
Below are some steps that you can take to help control the mid-day sugar cravings. Following just a few of these steps could point you in the right direction to living a healthier lifestyle.
First, eat breakfast. And don’t just eat an apple or a piece of toast. Aim for a higher calorie, high protein breakfast that will stay with you right to lunch. The more you eat in the morning, the less you will eat at night. Try scrambling two eggs with onions and cheese, and topping it with hot sauce. Add a slice of toast with peanut butter, and you will find your before-lunch cravings will be greatly reduced.
Second, drink more water. Water keeps you hydrated and helps you feel energized. By drinking more water, you won’t have to search for something else to satisfy your cravings. Water will keep you refreshed and the more you drink, the fuller you will feel. If you have a hard time drinking it, try adding a squeeze of lemon juice, or a low-sugar flavoring such as Crystal Light.
Third, arm yourself with healthy snacks. It is rare to walk into an office break room and find healthy foods. Resist the temptations of sugary-sweets by bringing healthy alternatives with you to work, such as natural almonds, whole wheat crackers, granola bars and fruit. Eating whole foods will increase your energy and will stay with you longer than a bag of chips or a candy bar.
And finally, don’t deprive yourself. The old saying, “everything in moderation” still holds true. By cutting yourself off from all sweets and “junk food,” you are more likely to binge and eat more unhealthily than you would if you allowed yourself a snack from time to time. It is fine to indulge every now and then, just don’t make it a habit. Treat yourself to a sugary snack from time to time, and your cravings for those kinds of foods will not be as hard to fight in the future.