Repeat after me: Cravings are powered by the brain’s need for reward – not the need to feed the body.
Sometimes, just knowing that will get you over it when all you want is a chocolate bar, dipped in chocolate sauce, with chocolate sprinkles on top.
Other times, you might want to try one of these:
Have a little. Eat a little of what you want, maybe a little fun cookie or chocolate bar. Enjoying a little of what you want, can help stop those “Can’t have it” feelings. As long as it doesn’t push you over your numbers (daily protein, carbs, and calorie goals) then it won’t hurt you in moderation. Try to keep it to a maximum 100 calories.
Combine food. If stopping at that one cookie or a chocolate bar seems impossible, you can add chocolate to something healthy to fill you up while satisfying the craving. You might dip a banana in chocolate sauce, or mix some chocolate pieces in with almonds. You will satisfy a craving and get healthy nutrients from those foods good for you. Brucey bonus!
Go cold turkey. Going the other way, you could cut it out altogether. Although the first 48 to 72 hours is difficult, some people find that going cold turkey helps to reduce their cravings after a few days….