Studies have shown that removing temptations are more effective for self-control than willpower. I encourage my clients to identify their unhealthy food cravings and make life easier by getting rid of them. Simply toss out the sugary cereals, cookies, cakes, candy, chips and salty snacks from the pantry and frozen treats from the freezer. Then replace them with healthy fruits and vegetables, lean protein and heart-healthy fats. When you toss the foods that tempt you and replace them with only nutritious foods, you’ll improve your willpower and make better food choices.
Cravings can be even more difficult to manage if you are hungry. Plan your balanced meals and snacks throughout the day to help maintain blood sugar levels already within a normal range. This will provide you with steady energy that keeps you going all day long.
When I need a sweet treat, I grab a Balance Bar®. If it’s a chocolate fix I need, I love the Double Chocolate Brownie Balance Bar® and the S’mores Balance Bar®. If I crave a salty, crunchy fix, I grab the Balance® bare Sea Salt Caramel Nut. You’ll never eliminate all cravings, but if you replace unhealthy food cravings with balanced food choices, you can tame hunger, calm a sweet tooth and begin to create new eating habits.
If you are constantly being tempted to eat unhealthy foods and drinks by the people around you or the situations you are in, it’s not quite as easy to toss them out. Rather, make a self-commitment to stay in control when you are around those people or in those situations. Self-control in out-of-control situations can be powerfully rewarding and build the confidence needed to reach your health and fitness goals.
Joyce Daoust is a Certified Nutritionist, Balance Bar® spokesperson and national best-selling co-author of THE FORMULA, A Personalized 40-30-30 Weight Loss Program