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5 Creative Ways to Cope With Food Cravings

How are the New Year’s Resolutions going? If you are finding it hard to focus on healthy eating, here are 5 ways to cope with food cravings:

  1. Use your mind to curb a craving.
  2. Sniff! A 2012 study found that smelling jasmine (a non-food odor) reduced chocolate cravings, so this suggests that smelling something that doesn’t remind you of, or is similar to food, may help you reduce cravings, at least for chocolate.
  3. Just Chew It! Researchers found that when the subjects chewed gum during the three hours following lunch, they ate 10 percent less of a snack than when they didn’t chew gum.
  4. Get your sleep!
  5. Walk this way. A new study in Appetite suggests that a short bout of exercise (eg a 15-minute walk) can reduce chocolate cravings.

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