As Valentine’s Day approaches and the shelves are filled with heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and cupcakes iced in pink and red, it’s hard to resist buying these tasty treats. If you are trying to improve your overall well-being or stay on track with your health and/or weight loss goals, here are a few ways to avoid temptation:
1) Don’t watch the t.v. commercials! They will tempt you and trigger your cravings!
2) Some people can eat just one treat, but if you’re like most of us, eating one often leads to eating another...and another! Instead, don’t bring Valentine’s Day “treats” into your home, car or office. If it’s not there, you can’t eat it.
3) Be upfront with your family, friends and sweetheart – if you don’t want candy or sugary sweets for Valentine’s Day, tell them! If they really want to give you a gift, ask them for a heart shaped box with the red bow filled with a non-related food item. Or, perhaps ask for a healthy dinner out at a favorite "farm to table" restaurant. If you choose to allow yourself a treat on this special day, just keep it in moderation!
Here are some of my sugar-busting tips:
1) Eat consistently each day – three meals and two snacks with a balance of protein, fiber and healthy fat.
2) Drink water. Sometimes sweet cravings are a sign of dehydration. Whenever you have a craving, drink a glass of water before you give in. You just might find you can say no to sweets!
3) Start reading labels and choosing better ingredients. ( More on this topic coming soon!)
4) Eliminate “fat-free” or “low-fat” foods that are highly processed, low in nutrients and typically contain large amounts of sugar.
5) Spice it up. Try cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom to naturally sweeten your foods and reduce cravings.
Remember, Folks, food determines how we feel and heal!
Source: Crave Nutrition, LLC Feb. 2015.