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:
- Use your mind to curb a craving.
- 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.
- 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.
- Get your sleep!
- Walk this way. A new study in Appetite suggests that a short bout of exercise (eg a 15-minute walk) can reduce chocolate cravings.